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…

In every case, I was describing my tastes within the context of a larger story.

As I did with two post about The Beatles: why I thought I hated them, and how I came to love them.

I once turned an iPod playlist into surrealist epic poetry.

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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 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.

Meanwhile, in June 2021, I finally began to explore how I rank my favorite music.

Part 1

Until next time…

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Matt Berger

I am a data geek, writer, investigator and film noir devotee with academic training in political science (Yale BA, Harvard MA), biostatistics (Boston University SPH MA) and epidemiology (Boston University SPH PhD). In January 2021, I finished writing Interrogating Memory: Film Noir Spurs a Deep Dive Into My Family History...and My Own for which I seek literary representation and a publisher. In Chapter 6: So...What Is Film Noir, Again?, I analyze my film noir database, which contains 4,825 titles. My musical holy trinity is Genesis, Miles Davis and Stan Ridgway. I am a liberal Democrat who understands a thriving democracy requires at least two mature political parties. I grew up just outside Philadelphia, and I live just outside Boston, where my wife and daughters keep me happy, sane and grounded. Please ask me anything else you want to know.

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