Borrowed from Anne-Carolyn Bird's the Concert, who borrowed it from Little Ms. Bossy, here's an iPod-requiring meme. (It's more a list of questions than a unit of cultural information that gains currency through increased exposure, but whatever.) I'm pretty sure it's more accurate and funnier if your iPod isn't 75% classical instrumental works, but, again, whatever.
1. Put your iTunes/ music player on Shuffle
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT
1. If someone says ‘Is this OK?’ you say?
Beethoven, Bagatelles, Op. 126, No. 5, Quasi allegretto. Alfred Brendel, piano.
It is okay, and it's G major.
2. What would best describe your personality?
"Busride," by Ry Cooder, from the soundtrack to My Blueberry Nights.
I am a twangy guitar.
3. What do you like in a girl? (Subtly altered from original question)
Chopin, Piano Sonata No. 2. II, Scherzo. Molto vivace. Leif Ove Andsnes.
Skittishness alternating with foreboding lyricism, apparently.
4. How do you feel today?
"I Think I Need a New Heart," from the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, Vol. 1.
Hahahahahaha, God, you are so funny.
5. What is your life’s purpose?
Chopin, Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 3. Maurizio Pollini.
Sing a wistful song? Okay.
6. What is your motto?
"Death of a Party," from Blur, Blur.
Some friends would agree. "Another night/And I thought, well, well/Go to another party and hang myself/Gently on the shelf"
7. What do your friends think of you?
"I Shatter," from the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, Vol. 2.
"Some fall in love I shatter." Lovely.
8. What do you think of your parents?
"There Is a Rose in Spanish Harlem," covered on the Harlem Experiment.
So long as this is Dad singing to Mom, I'm fine with it.
9. What do you think about very often?
Chopin, Nocturne, Op. 37, No. 1. Maurizio Pollini.
Wiping away tears with great bravado? Huh?
10. What does 2+2=
Arvo Part, Stabat Mater. Gidon Kremer, violin, Susan Bickley, soprano, the Hilliard Ensemble, etc., from the album Arbos.
2+2 is holy minimalism. Who knew?
11. What do you think of your best friend?
"Composites," Vijay Iyer.
You are a mix of many people.
12. What do you think of the person you like?
"You're So Great," Blur, Blur.
"And I feel the light/When you tell me its okay/Cos you're so great, and I love you." Hey, that works, and I didn't skip around to find that track.
13. What is your life story?
Brahms, Piano Trio No. 3. I, Allegro energico.
Heroic striving? Surprising.
14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
"When I Come Back Around," Jamie Lidell, Multiply.
"but when I start to wake/from the hypnogogic state/feel that I can see the light/come on up from day to night." Sufficiently vague.
15. What do you think when you see the person you like?
"Food Gathering in Post-Industrial America, 1992." The Yellow Shark, Frank Zappa.
I really hope I don't actually think about toxic waste, rats, and sewage. This one doesn't count.
16. What do your parents think of you?
"La javanaise," Madeleine Peyroux, Half the Perfect World.
It sounds nice, whatever they're thinking in French.
17. What will you dance to at your wedding?
"Indian Point," the Dave Douglas Quintet, Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 1.
So long as Douglas is available at 5:30 on the fifth of Never, this ought to work out fine.
18. What will they play at your funeral?
Chopin, Waltz in E minor, Op. posth. Ivan Moravec.
Because you can bet there will be dancing, fools.
19. What is your hobby/interest?
"Roses," from the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, Vol. 2.
Botany? Not quite my thing.
20. What is your biggest secret?
"Hands," by Corey Dargel, from Removable Parts.
"I can't remember how it felt to hold your fingers between my fingers." Whose memory is that lousy?
21. What do you think of your friends?
"The Youngest Was the Most Loved," Morrissey, Ringleader of the Tormentors.
"There is no such thing in life as normal." Ain't that the truth.
22. What should you post this as?
"Rehaired," Anat Fort, A Long Story.
Sure, why not.