iPod Random 10 8-31-07

“The Laws Have Changed” – New Pornographers
“Red Dragon Tattoo” – Fountains of Wayne
“River of Love” – Pat Benatar
“Soulful Shade of Blue” – Neko Case
“Probably” – Lisa Loeb
“I Hate Myself for Losing You” – Kelly Clarkson
“I Me Mine” – The Beatles
“Last Goodbye” – Jeff Buckley
“Little Too Late” – Pat Benatar
“Sweet Baby James” – James Taylor

Looks like it was a woman’s world today, but sometimes I wonder about how that “shuffle” thing on the iPod actually works. I know there are some very well-represented musicians on mine, but two Pat Benatars and two Neko Cases (counting the New Pornographers here) in a “random” ten tracks? Hmmm….

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Weather report

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