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The Monday Shuffle


Every Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played.  Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Backed Out On The... - Kevin Drew
  2. Do You Love Me - Kiss
  3. The Spirit of Radio - Rush
  4. Bitches & Sisters - Jay-Z
  5. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
  6. The Sorrowful Wife - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  7. My Hero - Foo Fighters
  8. Ain't My Bitch - Metallica
  9. Ain't Wasting Time No More - Allman Brothers Band
  10. Crossing A Canyon - 54-40

You know what I love about the Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape?  It's a play-through from a time when such things actually mattered.  You threw that disc on and let her go from track 1 through track 13.  It was all good.

In 2008, the value of the play-through album has been totally lost. It's all MP3 playlists and singles and shuffling.  I'm as guilty as anyone as I almost never play an album through anymore, but if I were going to play an album through, it might just be The Colour and the Shape.

My brother Ryan and I were talking about this disc on Saturday.  "February Stars" is his favourite Foo Fighters song of all-time, and although I love that track, is it better than "Everlong"?  I don't believe so, but you can discuss that amongst yourselves, I've got something to say about "My Hero".

I loved Wayne Gretzky.  Most guys my age did.  The man had eyes in the back of his head for goodness sake!  When Gretzky was on his unofficial farewell tour in 1999 he played his last NHL game in Canada at the Corel Centre in Ottawa.  After that game, which I watched, "My Hero" came on in the arena and Wayne skated a couple of laps around the ice as the game's first star.

Call me a suck, but it was an emotional moment for me, and I can't hear "My Hero" any more without thinking about Gretzky's last game on Canadian ice.  There went my hero...

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