The National is decent newspaper. Despite my qualms with the line of their political editorials, I still rate them as the best in the UAE.
Today, they ran a cool piece titled ‘My Musical Secret’; you are requested to disclose the kinds of songs on your MP3 player that you strive to keep from the prying eyes and the eavesdropping ears. Notice how most of these songs were number one hits in their time. And yet, you are invariably met with derision should you mention them, or the bands that play them, in public. The sophisticated yuppie assholes are far more refined than this populist ‘shite’. Oh yes sir, they are.
Eventually, it’d stand to logic that there are certain individuals in the population that really listen to and enjoy these songs. Otherwise they wouldn’t sell and make hits, right?
So, being one that hasn’t been interviewed by The National, I volunteer to string out the list of shame. Minus the sexy photo, of course. Which shall remain sexy but unpublished.
First off let me make few things clear: I only listen to my MP3 player when I’m working out. In the Gym, that is. This has a huge influence on the genre of music and how often it’s played. When I drive, I often listen to the BBC world service, both in Arabic and English. When I’m home, I’m tuned to JazzFM online. When I’m at work I mostly listen to classical music. The rest of the time is dominated by upbeat songs while running or straining under light weight dumb-bells.
Fortunately, my MP3 player has a feature called ‘Most Played Tracks’. So I’ll just copy/paste what’s in there without editing. Here we go.
1- Roc Boys. (by Jay Z)
2- Hit ‘em up. (Tupac, who else?!)
3- Bird of prey. (Fatboy Slim.)
4- Let me ride. (Dr. Dre)
5- Numb Encore. (Linkin Park and Jay Z.)
6- Sex Machine. (James Brown)
7- Rock with you. (Michael Jackson.)
8- Shaft Theme. (Barry White.)
9- Sing it back. (Moloko.)
10- Jump around. (House of pain.)
Go ahead and put up yours. I dare you…