Music in my iPod

My son left me his old iPod when he visited me over the weekend. No, he doesn’t get the privilege to enjoy country living because he has to stay in the city for his summer job.  So, technically it’s not my iPod. But just the same. I’ve declared what’s in there my music. He has categorized all music into genres, easy for me to sort out what I like. And, what a pleasant surprise to find so many gems in there, wonderful embellishment for my pristine living out here in the log home.

There are 1,696 selections for me, grouped  into genres. I admit there are ones that I won’t venture into, like metal and rap, but there are enough categories for me to choose from.  Imagine my feeling listening to the music and looking out towards the open, green fields, distant snow-capped mountains underneath a canopy of dramatic clouds, against a big, blue sky…it’s not out-of-this-world, for I’m right in it! Magnificent!

So…what’s in my 18-year-old’s iPod?  Lots I can indulge in.  Here are some samples…


  • Bach’s Partita played by Nigel Kennedy
  • The Complete Goldberg Variations played by Glenn Gould
  • The Art of the Fugue, The Well-Tempered Clavier all by Gould
  • Beethoven’s Symphony #6 Pastoral (For real!)
  • Chopin’s Sonatas, Etudes and Nocturnes
  • Holst’s The Planets  (How cool is that!?)
  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos
  • Tchaikovsky’s Cello Concertos


  • ABBA
  • Andy Williams
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Beatles
  • Bette Midler (She’d be happy to be categorized as ‘Classics’)
  • Bob Dylan
  • Don McLean
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Gordon Lightfoot (Yes, Alberta Bound)
  • Joan Baez
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Van Morrison


  • Art Tatum
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Duke Ellington
  • Eva Cassidy (Yes, he put her under Jazz)
  • George Gershwin
  • Glenn Miller,
  • John Coltrane
  • Miles Davis
  • Norah Jones
  • Ray Charles

Rock, Pop and Soundtracks:

  • Elton John
  • Jason Mraz
  • Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Amy Adams
  • Broadway Musicals Cats, Les Miserables,
  • The Phantom of the Opera

With this techno luxury of sound bytes, who needs to go to the city!  And…I’m relieved to know there isn’t much of a generation gap here after all…


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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

6 thoughts on “Music in my iPod”

  1. Ah, so Arti is managing to find internet access out there with the cows. It’s a good thing or we would miss you. 🙂 Nice of your kid to leave you his ipod.

    My Internet access is found in the small town library or back in the big city…that’s why I treasure the iPod because it’s portable music. Stay tuned…Arti (hopefully) will still be blogging wherever she can…


  2. What an interesting window into your son’s life! Another blogger I visit regularly (mysteryoriley) listens to her deceased son’s music as a way of connecting to him after his tragic and unexplained death a year ago.

    Yes, I think the books we read and the music we listen to in a significant way define who we are…or is it the other way round?


  3. Arti,
    Amy Adams (the red headed actress in ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Junebug’?) Please tell me your son is listening to my sometimes-guilty-pleasure: “Happy working Song” from Enchanted?!

    Well, for a Mid-20’s iPod like mine, I’d say your son has a cultured taste in music. I especially like Nigel Kennedy!

    For me, aside from a little Classical and Jazz, I don’t even know how to define my taste in music, let’s just call it “I get my music from what i see on TV”?

    Current Favorites include:
    Ingrid Michaelson
    Pierre Lapointe
    OST of Johnny To’s “Sparrow” (by Fred Avril and Xavier Jamaux)
    Jason Mraz
    Jamie Lidell

    and a whole bunch of tracks too…(what do YOU listen to, Arti?)

    Yes… it’s that Amy Adams singing that song from Enchanted. I couldn’t help but smile at his selections. As for my own favorites, well, that’s another post! Thanks for your visit and comment!



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