a modern Samsung smart phone sitting top of a notebook. There is an image on the phone’s screen that looks like a vintage cassette tape, with a label reading: Mix Tape

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It’s that time again! I’m bringing back something from my old, regular blogging days of the mid-aughts: the Friday Random Ten. I don’t remember who started this tradition, but a bunch of us Philly bloggers would bring this around every Friday. The basic rules are:

  1. fire up your digital music player
  2. go to “all songs“ and shuffle play everything
  3. note the first 10 songs to show up, without skipping anything
  4. create your playlist

Today’s Friday Random Ten, brought to you by my anxiety on flying for the first time in almost four years, so I can attend this year’s PCA/ACA annual conference.

  1. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around
  2. “Swear” – Moby, Hotel: Amient
  3. “Hermione’s Song (You & Me)” – Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls, Welcome to Wizard Rock
  4. “Everyone” – Van Morrison, Moondance
  5. “Country Grammar” – Nelly, Farmclub.com: Live and Unreleased
  6. “Extra Ordinary” – Better Than Ezra, Closer
  7. “Milk & Honey” – Beck, Midnite Vultures
  8. “Taxi” – Harry Chapin, Heads & Tales
  9. “Story of a Lonely Guy” – Blink 182, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
  10. “Brena” – A Perfect Circle, Mer de Noms

Artists I’ve seen live: Moby, Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls, Better Than Ezra, Beck, Blink 182.

Favorite track on the list: it’s actually kinda difficult this week, but... I’ll go with “Country Grammar”.

Least favorite track on the list: another tough one to pick as this playlist is pretty solid. Hmm. Maybe “Swear” since I’m not quite feeling intrumentals today.

Serendipitous: tracks from Hotel: Ambient came up last week and this week.

Problematic: I absolutely still love wizard rock, and going to those shows (and putting one on myself!) fills me with happy nostalgia. However, fuck J.K.