A Musical Baton

A musical baton has been passed to me by Rob and Andy. So, cowpie and malarkey, may I have this dance?

Total volume of music files on my computer: 749 mb (can you tell I’m a reader?)
The last CD I bought was: Fight Test by the Flaming Lips
Song playing right now: My Stupid Mouth by John Mayer
Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

  • Austin by Blake Shelton – story of an everlasting love
  • The One by Gary Allen

    I’ll fill those canyons in your soul,
    Like a river lead you home,
    And I’ll walk a step behind,
    In the shadows so you shine

  • Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
    the lesson I’ve learned from the loved ones I’ve lost…

    I went sky diving
    I went Rocky Mountain climbing
    I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named fumanchu
    and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
    and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying
    and he said someday I hope you get the chance
    to live like you were dying.

  • Tick Tock by Stevie Ray Vaughan – a vision of universal love
  • Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden – pure passion

What can I say; I’m hopelessly romantic and like to be reminded that each day is precious. What if this was my very last day? Did I live it authentically? Did I live it fully? Do the people I love know it thru my words and actions?

Five people to whom I’m passing the baton:

Justin Cone
James Craig
Jeremy Flint
Keith Hall
Andrea Schwandt-Arbogast


  1. Am I supposed to post my answers on my blog or here in the comments?

    Hmm… I don’t think my blog readers would appreciate this (they’re a single-minded lot), so I’ll post my answers here:

    Total volume of music files on my computer: 30.56 GB
    The last CD I bought was: Soulhat – Outdebox (replacement for a missing copy)
    Song playing right now: [silence]
    Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:
    – Father and Son by Cat Stevens
    – Yesterday by The Beatles
    – In the Light by Led Zeppelin
    – The Last Polka by Ben Folds Five
    – My Baby’s Got Sauce by G. Love and Special Sauce

    I’m afraid since I opted to post my answers here that “passing the baton” won’t mean much…

  2. Justin, thanks for playing! It really is just a fun way for bloggers to get to know one another. I see that the baton just got passed to Zeldman by Jason Santa Maria. I think it is cool…and I HATE chain email!

    But I respect you and your blog…so it was quite sweet of you to post your music here. Miss ya ’round campus!

  3. Okay, okay. How’s this?

    Total file size of MP3s on this laptop:
    6 GB
    Last CD I bought:
    Ninja Tune Zen RMX
    Song playing when I read this post:
    Prefuse 73 (I’ve forgotten which track)
    Song playing right now
    Thievery Corporation: Exilio (remix)
    Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

    Björk: Pagan Poetry
    Bob Marley and the Wailers: Redemption Song
    DJ Food (Strictly Kev): The Crow (Kaleidoscope version)
    Bill Laswell, Zakir Hussain, and Nicky Skopelities: Providence — Search for the Holy Mountain (Orginally by Ekstasis)
    Pink Floyd: Goodbye Blue Sky

  4. Thanks for passing me the baton! It is a fun diversion, and it’s interesting to see everyone’s responses. I have learned about some new tunes to listen too, as well– I’m always behind on that front.

    I can’t get visions of Malarkey as a rock star out of my head, either. I must know what he played– tambourine? Maracas? Angry vocals? And think of the possibilities for his hairdo as a band member in 1982! Classic. :)

  5. Now, now Andrea. Last time it was the monkey picture gag and now it’s jibes at my circa 1982 mullet hairdo. Put a stop to this right now! ;)

    (I played keyboards (with two fingers). It was the thing to play back then and I got the gig because I could pout and suck my cheekbones in better than anyone else. Nowt to do with my musical skills, I can assure you.

  6. Malarkey: Sorry. At least no pictures this time :). And that wasn’t a jibe– I’ll pull out a pic of my Flock of Seagulls 80’s haircut sometime, which I proudly sported without the excuse of being on stage…

  7. Oh good. Dancing to the Flaming Lips! Very expressive :: takes out seven veils ::

    Now answer me a riddle, Ms. GoodWitch. How come not one of your Wizards is a woman? Not that your list isn’t filled with wonderful, inspirational, and oft handsome dashing brilliant men. But.

    On another topic, Lamb has got to be one of the most imaginative books of all time. I am a huge Christopher Moore fan. Nice to see it on your reading list.

  8. I’ll see your seven veils & raise you a coin belt & a scarab! Now, will you teach me how to belly dance? I’m ready!

    And the answer to the riddle is this: The primary reason I started blogging was to maintain a connection with the simply amazing people I met at SXSW 2005. I couldn’t imagine going a year without sharing brainspace with them. Each of these wizards inspired me to create glendathegood.com (whether they realize it or not). And in line with Featherstone’s post on “hearing voices“, I chose people who I’d engaged in one-on-one interactions.

    But your question makes me think “how provincial of me”. So, over the next weeks I’ll be rethinking my wizard list…and questioning my need to “know” the person in the third dimension!

  9. I was thinking about this last night during a girls’ night out with a friend:

    I think what we should do is put together a Girls Pack, in the spirit of the Brit Pack. Then we can refer to “fellow Girls Pack members” and get everyone curious to know who all these talented women are… The list would be long and impressive!

    It may need a better name, though. Web Goddesses? Web Grrlz? Any ideas?

    I’m going to start compiling a list. I’m not big on blogrolls because I find them exclusionary — it’s not their intention, but for me that’s the reality. But I would be on board with one that serves a greater good by getting the names of awesome women out to the public. What do you think?

  10. Oh lovvely Ms. Good: It’ll be interesting to see how your Wizard list expands. Actually, one of the things I took from sxsw was to expand my horizons in that regard. The Blogging While Black panel encouraged everyone to look at their blogrolls with scrutiny. And so I did, and a new realm opened unto me.

    I’ve always thought I’d enjoy learning to belly dance. In the meantime, I can shake it on a floor. Next time we meet.

    Andrea: “girlpack” is perfect. Gather names! You coordinate, I’ll help however I can. I also can add to it.

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