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My iPod is becoming smarter and more powerful

Tonight, I went for a walk with Rosie, the newest addition to our household (a five-month-old puppy with hints of German shephard, airedale, and crackhead). As usual, I took my once state-of-the-art iPod — now an outmoded piece of 20 GB plastic — for the ride. This time, though, I hit shuffle to see which of the 1000 or so songs it would give me.

Well, apparently when they made my iPod, the folks at Apple also saw fit to put in a nice temperature sensor. No, it wasn’t telling me how hot it was (a lovely 97 degrees here in North Carolina). It did, however, pick a long string of great summer tunes for the entire walk. Here was the lineup.

First up was “Summertime” by Will Smith. Or was he still the Fresh Prince at that point? OK, we go to allmusic.com and the winner is… DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. In fact, AMG has a review of the song.

(By the way, my favorite part of this site is the “Moods” section for each artist. It lists the moods for this duo as, “Brash, Humorous, Witty, Playful, Party/ Celebratory, Irreverent, Gleeful.” Say what you will about Will Smith’s contributions to Hip Hop, but isn’t that a great description of the perfect party guest? I think it also describes Owen Wilson.)

Anyway, as I heard the first few bars, I thought, hmmmm, that’s a good one to start with. So, with a spring in my step, I walked through the heat and humidity.

Next up? “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin. Yep, that’s my MP3 collection — put it on shuffle and wait for your head to explode. There is no logical connection between the first two tunes, except for they are both great summer songs.

Back to Bobby Darin. When I was in college, I had a cassette tape of great summer songs (for cruising around in my ’82 Buick Riviera — it looked like this, only charcoal gray with the white ragtop), and “Beyond the Sea” was the first song on the tape. God bless Bobby Darin. “Mack the Knife” was on the tape, too. Good stuff.

At this point, I’m beginning to wonder who — or what — was controlling the shuffle feature on my iPod. Next up? “American Pie” by Don McLean. Not exactly a classic summer song, but it does have that “Helter skelter, in a summer swelter” line in it. OK, it lost a bit on that one.

Next on the shuffle list was “Car Wash” by Rose Royce. It’s ripped from a CD the wife gave me — “Weird Niche Disco Songs of the 70s,” I think… right after “Disco Duck” by UNC alum Rick Dees. “Car Wash” is a great summer song from a bizarre summer movie. Bizarre because Richard Pryor played that character that could have easily been a crooked preacher or a magnanimous pimp. And there really is a fine line between the two, I guess.

At this point of the walk, we’re about five minutes from home. I knew we had one song left, and I was hoping the iPod wouldn’t throw out a bad one … maybe reaching to an ill-timed “Phantom of the Opera” ditty or something from Pearl Jam. Instead it broke out with:

“I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins. You know, the opening song from Caddyshack. A classic summer movie. Ergo, a classic summer song. And in an even more unreal coincidence, I just turned it over to Spike TV, and Caddyshack is playing. And the “doody!” scene in the pool just came on. Holy crap, there is just a lot of positive hoo-doo going on today.

To make things even better, this viewing of Caddyshack is being “hosted” by Fat Bobby from Sopranos, the director Kevin Smith (pimping the pinch-me-this-must-be-a-dream Clerks 2), and some statuesque but vaguely cross-eyed spokesmodel. I’m not sure how this all fits into the “good vibes” I’ve been feeling today, but it was definitely a great end to a great day in music. Thanks, iPod.

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  1. January 31, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Alot of bloggers aren’t very happy with this new iPad.There was just too much hoopla over it and alot people got disapointed.Quite frankly, I for one see great deal of the awesome potential of this device. Third-party applications for playing music, games, papers and magazines and FFS books, all sorts of awesome stuff, but IMHO they just didn’t really sell it right (aside from the books). It smells kinda not finished

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