Organizing by themes V: Popular music

This site benefits/suffers/both from consisting of posts about a wide range of topics, all linked under the amorphous heading “data-driven storytelling.”

In an attempt to impose some coherent structure, I am organizing related posts both chronologically and thematically.

While I have told many stories from my life (and those of my ancestors), I rarely discuss my personal tastes (with exceptions here and here and, to a lesser extent, here).

This includes my taste in music (other than what is written on my home page).

In fact, it usually takes the death of a musician I admire for me to write about music, as I did with…

Walter Becker (of Steely Dan)

Pat DiNizio (of The Smithereens)

Pete Shelley (originally of The Buzzcocks)

And in every case, I was less describing my tastes than I was telling a larger story.

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One reason I rarely write about my tastes in music is that on March 24, 2018, I pretty much said everything I need to say about them. Inspired by giant wall charts detailing the 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox seasons—superior examples of what I call “data art,” I created a graphic that displayed—in technicolor splendor—all 9,500+ tracks on my classic fly-wheel iPod by year, artist and genre.

Cropped data art screen shot

What I intended to be a quick overview of the chart’s highlighted became an epic, 4,300+ word journey through dozens of my favorite musical artists, more or less chronologically by genre.

It remains one of the best posts I have ever written–certainly the most comprehensive.

Enjoy.

Until next time…

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