Filling up space with the music of my life
Sunday, April 06, 2014 4:10 PM
I was really good for a while regarding downloading music to my phone. The key word in that sentence is "was."
I agonized for days as to which tunes to add. I took the whole thing very seriously. Then when I saw how much space the songs were taking up, I didn't hesitate to leave a song or two off the playlist, and became even more selective if that was possible.
I didn't want to use up all my space with music.
Who knows, I might have wanted to download a game to the phone or add an important app. The only game on the phone, which I have had for a year this month, is Words with Friends.
So, I figured games were not going to be gobbling up the precious space on my phone. I dropped my guard and became a little more haphazard in my song-selection process. With that said, I have to admit I don't know what happened, but I'm now pushing 1,100 tunes. That's a number I never thought I would ever come remotely close to reaching.
I almost had a conniption when I started putting songs on my phone as the total approached 100. I don't know what happened on the way to 1,100 from zero.
After reaching 100 songs, 200 became the number never to be reached. That has followed by 500 and 750. To remain clear of those numbers I killed off more than a handful of songs, but to no avail.
My drop dead total became 1,000 and while I'm just about 75 songs beyond that number, I have more tunes waiting in the wings to be added.
I looked at the music on my phone as the soundtrack of my life, to some extent. It's not a bad soundtrack.
There are many songs from performers who have played Greenwood's Music on Maxwell concert series. I have tons of Greg Trooper and The Black Lillies, The Greencards, The Honeycutters, A Mad Affair, The Trishas, Red Wanting Blue, Shannon Whitworth and The Spring Standards.
There are plenty of other offerings from folks who have played Greenwood in the past, including Angie Aparo, Steel Justice, The Vogues, .38 Special, Meghan Cary, The Swingin' Medallions, Hack Bartley, The Lettermen, Shrimp City Slim, Gigi Dover, Cravin' Melon and Sugarland.
All-time favorites on the phone include Sinatra, Springsteen, Strait, Huey Lewis and the News, Alan Jackson, Michael Buble, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Hootie and the Blowfish, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Randy Newman and The Ramones.
There are several singers I'm surprised are on the phone — even though I'm the one who put them there — including Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Todd Rundgren, Poison, Pink, Nick Lowe, Nancy Wilson, Cheap Trick, Bobby Rydell and AC/DC.
The best thing about having such an eclectic mix of songs is that Perry Como might follow a song from the Black Eyed Peas and could be in front of a song from Neil Diamond; or that Billy Currington could be the lead in for Don Williams who was the lead in for Wilson Phillips. You gotta love the Shuffle All option.
It's cool when Springsteen's "Rosalita" is followed by "We Will Rock You" by Queen, which is followed by "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Asleep at the Wheel;" or Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "So Long Toots" is followed by "Carlene" by Phil Vasser and "Easy Come, Easy Go" by Bobby Sherman.
I'm glad I have so many songs on my phone because I'll listen while I'm headed to rehab, to work or while I'm falling asleep.
Music takes up 7.3 GB of my 10.3 GB used. That means I have 2.9 GB available. I have started thinking I need to kill off some songs from my phone, but the trouble is I don't know which ones.
Overall, it's a pretty big soundtrack. But it's a good soundtrack and it's my soundtrack.
Sitarz can be reached at 864-943-2529 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper's opinion.