Ha, made you look. I don’t have an IPOD. In fact, I don’t even know where my Walkman is; I haven’t used it since I worked the swing shift at Neodata in 1990 processing magazine subscriptions. (If you ever wondered why all your magazine renewals went to Boulder, Colorado, well, I used to work in the basement of an old Ford dealership from 3:45 to midnight scanning renewals for everything from Golf Digest to The New Yorker. But I digress.) But if I had an IPOD it would be playing:
1. Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg
2. Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys
3. Theme from The Big Country by Jerome Moross
4. Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy
5. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
6. The White Album by the Beatles. Yeah, the whole thing.
7. Desperado by the Eagles
8. Take Five by Dave Brubeck
9. In the Mood by the Glenn Miller Orchestra
10. Symphony No. 9 (5) “From the New World” by Antonin Dvorak
Gee, no show tunes. Another stereotype shattered.
[Update at the request of the FC:
Any recording of Claire de Lune is fine with me as long as it’s quiet, gentle but not too mushy.
In the early 1970’s Michael Tilson Thomas recorded Rhapsody in Blue with the Columbia Jazz Band and the 1925 Duo-Art dynamic piano roll cut by Gershwin himself. Who better than the composer?
Yes, of course the original 1959 recording of Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, just like the one we had in the 8-track in the 1967 Ford Country Squire.
According to Edward Catton, the former director of programming for Interlochen Public Radio, the definitive recording of the Dvorak is the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by George Szell. It’s not wise to argue with Ed.]