1. The person who passed the baton to you.
Scott, because he can talk me into just about anything.
2. Total volume of music files on your computer.
Here’s where my tech-geekiness comes through. I have actually installed a central music server in my house. Upstairs, we have an old PowerMac Cube that does the job quite admirably. As of now it has about 4,800 songs on it.
3. The title and artist of the last CD you bought.
I can’t actually remember. I’ve been all digital for some time now. The last complete album I bought (from Apple’s iTunes Music Service) was The Name of this Band is Talking Heads, which never came out on CD. The last song I bought from iTMS was “King Tut” by Steve Martin. I told you this was going to be ugly.
4. Song playing at the moment of writing.
None. I rarely have music on during the day.
5. Five songs you have been listening to of late (or all-time favorites, or particularly personally meaningful songs)
Most of the time I just put the server on “shuffle” and see what comes up. I typically select a genre like “Jazz” or “Classical,” but none of the songs really pop out in my mind. So here are some all-time fave rock/pop-type songs:
“Rock Lobster” by the B-52s. It’s got a beat, you can dance to it. I give it a 10.
“Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads, probably my all-time favorite group.
“Piece of my Heart” by Janis Joplin
“Are You Experienced” — can’t decide if I prefer the DEVO or Jimi Hendrix version
“Five Minutes of Funk” by Whodini. Probably not really in my top five, but I needed to put some old skool rap in there for Scott.
6. The five people to whom you will ‘pass the musical baton.’
Anne because I think she could put a unique twist on this meme.
John Scalzi because my son Jim recommends Old Man’s War to his friends
Chad Orzel because this is his sort of thing.
Okay, that’s enough. You didn’t really think I’d cooperate fully, did you Scott?