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 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)
- Ric Ocasek (and Ben Orr) of The Cars
In every case, I was describing my tastes within the context of a larger story.
I once turned an iPod playlist into surrealist epic poetry.
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.
Meanwhile, in June 2021, I finally began to explore how I rank my favorite music.
Until next time…