Finding Truth in Shuffle Mode

elephantThe high school journalism interns at the Times Union have been asking people, “What’s on your iPod.”

The subjects -all local luminaries – give a list of the favorite songs on their music player and why they are significant. WNYT anchor Phil Bayly has Green Day and Iggy Pop. TU blogger extraordinaire Kristi Gustafson’s picks include Dave Matthews and Beyonce. Kristi rocks with a Zune, by the way. So she’s the one who bought a Zune.

This may be interesting and fun to read, but it’s not very revealing.

When you list of your favorite songs it’s a great opportunity to make a personal statement. It paints a picture of who you are, a self-portrait that you can craft to look hip and cool and soulful. That’s fine, but if you want to peer into someone’s soul, don’t ask their favorite songs, put the iPod on shuffle and see where it lands.

Try it at home: go to songs, put it on shuffle, and go. Skip the first one, just for the heck of it.

My first five?

Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Tower of Song – Leonard Cohen
Murder by Mistletoe – The Felice Brothers
No One Knows My Name – Gillian Welch
Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis

I’m not sure what that says, but thank God the Abba songs didn’t show up…

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