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.
This includes my taste in music (other than what is written on my About Me 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)
- Ric Ocasek (and Ben Orr) of The Cars
In every case, I was describing my tastes within the context of a larger story.
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.
What I intended to be a quick overview of the chart’s highlights 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.
Well, until that time I constructed the soundtrack for my Interrogating Memory book.
And I was inspired to turn these Thanksgiving playlists into “surrealist epic poems”:
Meanwhile, in June 2021, I finally began to explore how I rank my favorite music.
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