I recently got a new (to me) computer, resulting in the rebooting of my iTunes library. So my play counts reset to zero. As far as iTunes was concerned, I'd never played any of my music tracks before.
Today I took a look, just for grins, at the "Top 25 Most Played" list (that iTunes automatically adds to your list of folders). Right away, I saw confirmation of the recent Star Trek bender I've been on. It also shows some of the randomness of shuffle mode, but mainly it's comprised of two recent playlists I've been running over and over. First, a Star Trek mix that contains just the music from the first three films. Then, a sort of calm, soothing (to me) mix of a couple of favorites.
And now the full list.
Odd that this would show up as my number one most played. It's a great, atmospheric piece, and may actually appear on my chill out mix as well as the Star Trek mix. And so it reached number one. For now.
This is actually another atmospheric piece, a new recording and arrangement of one of my personal favorites. It's sort of a Bear McCreary-ish take on the theme and very enjoyable. It's part of a series of one-off tracks BSX has been releasing and it's well worth the 99 cents for a download
. I love it.
Medicine Man remains one of my favorite Goldsmith albums and is a mainstay in my mixes of relaxing music - has been for years.
Can't argue with the classics.
Um, I can't really explain this one except for the joys of shuffle mode.
Oh yeah. BUM-bum-bum-bum bum-bum bum bum BUM-bum-bum-bum bum-bum bum bum. Now it's a great theme, I love it, but I'm a little mystified that it's on this list. Hooray for shuffle mode.
And speaking of shuffle mode... I love this movie. I love the music. I love this piece. It's full of weird joy, it's over the top and, what can I say -- it's showtime folks!
Descent Into Mystery - Danny Elfman - Batman
Again, can't argue with the classics. One of the best tracks from the album.
Guess what showed up at my house this week?
This score has long been one of my treasured favorites. Yes, it's new age-y, but it can instantly bring me to a calm and centered place. Again the vagaries of shuffle mode cause these two tracks to appear on the list rather than Plymouth Waltz or Dreams and Promises, two of my most favorite pieces.
I still love this score. Love love love.
And here's another score I still love. It's fun, adventuresome and (like much of Jerry Goldsmith's output) utterly transcends the film for which it was written. Seek it out if you don't have it.
Emergency! End Credits - Nelson Riddle - T V Funland
So over the years I've accumulated bibs and bobs of internet detritus and lumped them into my own compilation I call TV Funland. It's a nice repository of themes originally found as .wav files that sound just like the ones I used to make by jamming the cassette player next to the TV speaker. My kids have requested this one several times (my 3 year old son is still in a firefighter phase) and here it is on the list. Lately, my 5 year old daughter has been requesting that I play the CHiPs soundtrack
, so maybe some of those discotastic tracks will show up on the list next time I check it.
So there you have it. An odd cross section of what's been blaring through my ears lately.
And what are YOUR current top 25 most played?
p.s. Yes, I know there's already been a message board thread about this topic. In fact I feel certain I participated in the thread. I bet my list then looks entirely different.