Patterico's Pontifications

12/21/2008

In Which Our iPod Creeps Us Out

Filed under: Real Life — Patterico @ 12:23 pm

Last night we were headed home and had the iPod on shuffle mode. A live version of a song called “Precious Moments” by the Posies popped up:

Every time you dig that grave
Why do you bother trying to fill it in?

I don’t have a particularly morbid collection of songs (an assertion you may doubt as you read on), but I like the Posies, and their lyrics can be bitter. Then came “Silent City,” a B-side of a Matthew Sweet single:

I’m taking you to the silent city
Underneath the broken stones
I will hold you for eternity
Here among the dirt and bones

“We seem to have a theme going here,” I said to Mrs. P.

And the very next song was by ex-Long Ryders songwriter Tom Stevens. The title: “Graveyards.”

Graveyards — time it takes its toll
One foot above ground, one foot down in that hole

Mrs. P. thought I had planned it out somehow. But I assured her that I hadn’t.

It was a little spooky. Was my iPod trying to tell us something?

20 Responses to “In Which Our iPod Creeps Us Out”

  1. No.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  2. iPods can be sneaky. I have to be careful not to accidentally get my daughter’s iPod by mistake.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  3. Your iPod has been hijacked by a troll.

    Official Internet Data Office (8aa339)

  4. It was a little spooky. Was my iPod trying to tell us something?

    Yeah, it is…

    It’s telling you that your taste in music blows, man. :)

    Scott Jacobs (90ff96)

  5. It’s telling you that your taste in music blows, man.

    I have the best taste in music of anyone I know. My taste lines up perfectly with what I think is good.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  6. Okay, Patterico:

    What are your top ten tracks on your iPod?

    I’m hoping that there is little emo or whiny complaint rock.

    Eric Blair (e906af)

  7. Was my iPod trying to tell us something?

    GAWD, let’s hope not…otherwise I have to find another rightous blog to read first thing at (shhhh… work)!

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  8. It was a test run by SkyNet.

    Another Drew (0403d0)

  9. I barely know what “emo” means. As I said in the post, I have little morbid music.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  10. Sounds like the beginning of a modern Twilight Zone episode!

    Maybe iPod recognizes words in common when it does the shuffle?

    Patricia (ee5c9d)

  11. I have the best taste in music of anyone I know. My taste lines up perfectly with what I think is good.

    This is very, very good.

    JD (7f8e8c)

  12. Nobody does circular reasoning like a lawyer (or as well).

    Another Drew (0403d0)

  13. Or else the Great Spirit in the Sky was gently trying to warn you: “Never buy Apple products.”

    Official Internet Data Office (8aa339)

  14. Hey GM!

    DRJ (be6fb0)

  15. Yes.

    Do you have a will & have you showered the people you love, with love?

    If no, do something.

    If yes, be of good cheer as neither you (nor anyone else) will know the day nor the hour.

    full disclosure: I am trying to “get organized” & currently, I have half the Will writing & Estate planning books owned by my local library.

    Adriane (497622)

  16. i’m just amused that there is someone else who remembers the Long Ryders…………

    given your j*b, do you have any Lone Justice on there?

    redc1c4 (27fd3e)

  17. Was my iPod trying to tell us something?

    Not so much “emo” as memento mori I guess. Which, contrary to popular opinion, is supppoed to be a hopeful thing. I have (among other posters) an 8-1/2 by 11 poster in my (church) office that says “Life is Short. Eternity Isn’t.” It’s a good Rorschach test because some people comment on it as a joyful, hopeful thing (I do see it as that) and some people see it as something of, well, a threat, as far as I can tell.

    Your coincidence IS pretty funny though. Has your iPod had linked access to any Dante lately? :)

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  18. Holy Cow….worlds collide. The Long Ryders getting mentioned here on Patterico’s Pontifications definitely qualifies as some sort of planetary collision.

    FWIW, they (Long Ryders)are playing their first US show in over 20 years next month in Atlanta. And, yes, Tom Stevens will be there.

    http://www.blurt-online.com/news/view/465/

    Greg (b3b69c)

  19. Hey yourself DRJ… come see me at my new place GM’s Place

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  20. when you die can I have all your stuff?

    Jones in CO (f397dc)


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