I've been meaning to write about the songs that have most influenced me for ages now, but as with many things in my life I've lacked the drive necessary to actually get up and do it. I mean, where to start, anyway? There are so many tunes, and I love so many of them, that the whole thing would just become this shapeless "Oh, and here's another thing that I like!" mess.
And then I was reading Charlie Brooker's recent column in The Guardian
about how his feelings for Macs have changed over the past few years, including Apple's now ubiquitous iTunes:
Microsoft gets a lot of stick for producing clunky software. But even during the dark days of the animated paperclip, or the infuriating ".docx" Word extension, they never shat out anything as abominable as iTunes – a hideous binary turd that transforms the sparkling world of music and entertainment into a stark, unintuitive spreadsheet.
And I think that's pretty accurate, although I'd never really thought of it that way before. iTunes is just a big spreadsheet, and it's part of the reason why downloaded music, added to your big ol' list of other music, can never replicate the physical package: the atmosphere and mood that artwork can convey, or the very fact that you own that package. But I digress. This isn't a piece about how digital music sucks, because iTunes being a spreadsheet does have one major point in its favour: it means that I can easily track down the songs I want to include. And, if I'm going to be using a spreadsheet, what better way than in alphabetical order?
So, yes. A to Z, with A coming later in the week. It's faintly conceptual. But since 'conceptual' continually runs the risk of being 'arsey', I think we should probably kick off with a nice bit of Ace of Base...