On the way home from work Friday night, I had this idea for a Labor Day post thanking all the workers who have a hand in getting me through the day.

Nifty idea, perhaps, but an overwhelming thought.

There’s the people who make stuff – my toothbrush, shampoo, soap, lotion, hair spray, gel, toothbrush, clothes, whatever foods I eat for breakfast (both the company that makes the food and the farmer who grows the stuff from which the company makes the food), the coffee growers (many, many, many thanks to the coffee growers … you have no idea. Really. No idea), the brains behind my computer (both my personal PC and beloved MAC at work) and my new toy (a Palm Tungsten E2), the microwave, the refrigerator, the coffeepot, the desk at which I work and so on and so on and so on.

There’s the people who bring the stuff – the truckers who bring the goods as listed above and the talents who bring the news through the pages of the local newspaper, local and national TV and radio and, of course, all the blogfolks I read. And, by the way, thanks to the Mozilla peeps who have through their clever use of tabs given me a new, faster way to scan blogs and web sites!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It takes thousands to get me through the day, I suppose.

So, it was easier to think about who I would put on a playlist shared over a college network.

Apparently, iTunes has now made it possible for students at colleges (don’t know if it is all of them, but I have heard of a few) to share playlists with their fellow students.

I wonder what would transpire here. If real names are attached, do the people really put up what they listen to? Would I really want people to know that deep in the recesses of my iTunes vault lies Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive (though I suppose the tiny part of the world that reads these musings will now know that little bit of information)?

Of course, if real names are not attached, it could be anything goes time.

Either way, figuring out what bands would appear most frequently on a playlist of unlimited length wouldn’t be too hard … David Crowder Band (yeah, I know such a shocker that one), Chris Tomlin, U2, Ben Harper, Sufjan Stevens …. and more.

Picking out, say, ten songs to put on a list would be tough, though. Do you pick the ten songs you would put on your iPod if you were only allowed to listen to ten songs for the next 24 hours? Do you pick a bunch of your favorite worship songs in some sort of outreach effort? Do you go with stuff that reminds you of events in your life, like the senior prom theme?

Having said that, realizing that this list is subject to change at any given moment, my playlist of the ten songs I would put on my iPod if I were only allowed to listen to ten songs for the next 24 hours (taken from my current iTunes library) as of Labor Day 2006 would be, in no particular order:

1. Vertigo – U2 – In doing this exercise, I discovered that How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is the only U2 CD (and I own them all) that I have managed to import into my iTunes library. This track makes the list mostly because of its energy in comparison to rest of the selections which are far more laid back.

2. How Great Is Our God/How Great Thou Art -Chris Tomlin – There’s a specific version here. The download from the 2006 GMA awards is amazing. I downloaded it on iTunes back in April. I guess its still there, but my dial-up connection is too slow to check.

3. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones – If you want country music, don’t go looking to many of the modern acts. George Jones is the real deal. Besides, I grew up on this song. It’s a memory thing.

4. (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden – Martina McBride – A remake of a country classic as a nod to the female greats of country music (i.e. NOT Shania Twain and the like).

5. For The Widowers In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypisilanti – Sufjan Stevens – Which one to pick here? Stevens is probably the first artist I bought exclusively in digital format, so I have quite a selection here from which to choose. I almost went with Chicago, but went with the Widowers instead.

6. Our Love Is Loud – David Crowder Band – With a self-imposed ten song limit, you have to go with vintage Crowder because there’s just not room enough for the newer stuff.

7. They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald – Ella. ‘Nuff said.

8. Strange Condition – Pete Yorn – I just like his stuff. This is probably one of his better known songs.

9. King Without A Crown – Matisyahu – You need a reggae fix on a list like this and what better than a Hasidic Jewish, hip-hop, reggae dude. Shalom!

10. The Heart of Worship – Matt Redman – Because that’s what my life is really all about.

3 thoughts on “LABOR DAY PLAYLISTS”

  1. You took the words out of my mouth. This is exactly why I don’t have my music shared (yet?).Some people put their real names up, some don’t. But music says so much about you! I’m a little afraid to do it. I’m afraid of who will judge me for my Hanson collection (an obsession of my junior high years that still brings back fond memories). I’m worried over whether I’ll be percieved as less spiritual if I include U2’s Pop album. Or whether my extensive David Crowder obsession will be seen as unapproachably into Jesus by those who, well, aren’t. But if I create a specific playlist to share, am I being authentic?This is why I’ve chosen so far just not to share, while I work on not caring what people think. :)I might steal this post idea and make a playlist on my blog. It sounds like a fun blog idea.Hey, are you going to Cincy for YS this year?

  2. Book recommendation … Steve Stockman’s Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2. It’s really amazing and Pop, by the way, is described as “the book of Ecclesiastes being made into song to live among us.” That should put to rest the spiritual thing …YS is a no go this year. I just started a seminary program in which I attend intensive classes three weeks a year and do online classes and independent study for some other classes. I’m all out of vacation days at work by the time all those happen. I had been thinking about going out after work Friday and coming back late Sunday night, but it’s just too far to drive. I guess my next venture into Youth Specialties land will be if they have the 2008 convention in Pittsburgh. Maybe I need to send some hints to Marko …

  3. That’s so funny, because I just bought that U2 book a couple of weeks ago! I’m reading it now, but it seems good so far.Too bad about YS… I’m broke like whoa but I’m working on getting together the money. Can’t imagine making it through the year without it. Sorry you won’t be there–give Marko the head’s up on Pittsburgh, I’d love for them to be there, it’s so close to home!

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