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Hold On Tight

Posted by editor on January 2, 2007 at 10:43 AM PST

Welcome to 2007

OK, how is it that the kids could get me up at 4:30, and I'm only doing the blog at 1 in the afternoon? Come to think it, why am I not already done for the day?

Anyways, be that as it may, welcome to 2007, welcome back from your vacation (those of you that aren't still away from work or school), and welcome back to the front page. If you took some time away, hopefully it was time well spent. Looking at my own list of stuff to do, I got through some of it (clearing off my desk, setting up the Mac Mini as a new Subversion server, banging on tweens in QTJ), but not all of it (still haven't gotten to my podcast editor design doc, or a Java-to-QTKit experiment). But I did have time with the kids to play some Guitar Hero II and Karaoke Revolution 3, so that was time well spent.

Speaking of music, there's something I've held in my back pocket for a while. I'd planned to show it off in the last blog of 2006, but that ended up being a special edition for the holiday pictures. So, it's getting bumped to today, and what "it" is, is the game I've been playing on the blog for the last year and a half.

Every now and then, someone will notice it for the first time and send me an e-mail saying "hey, are all of this week's blog titles songs by King Crimson," or "hey, these are all Chicago song titles", or (most frequently), "Rush, man, awesome!"

For those of you who haven't noticed, since I started editing the site full-time in July, 2005, I've used musical themes for the blog titles. For a given week, all the titles will be songs by one performer or group (or will have some other relationship, like being from a soundtrack). Ideally, each title should relate to the blog contents, though sometimes I have to sell the association pretty hard with the strapline to pull it off.

At first, I had a tendency to indulge my own tastes, but having pretty much played through all the artists I really like (viz., my page), and not wanting to be hopelessly obscure to those of you playing at home (I know, who the heck is Janet Panic, and why isn't her page up?), I've been making more of an effort to meet popular tastes half-way even if artists like Prince or The Doors aren't really my thing. I do want to keep playing at home, guessing what artist is up this week, to be within the realm of possibility. Though I still reserve the right to deal out something crazy like Be Bop Deluxe every now and then.

Anyways, here's the list of all the themes since July 2005. How many of these did you notice?

7/1/05 "Final Fantasy" soundtracks
7/11/05 Roxy Music
7/18/05 The Tubes
7/25/06 The Who
8/1/05 Elvis Costello
8/8/05 The Rolling Stones
8/15/05 David Bowie
8/22/05 Holly Cole
8/29/05 The Beatles
9/5/05 Joe Jackson
9/12/05 Oingo Boingo
9/19/05 The Offspring
9/26/05 Green Day
10/3/05 The Kinks
10/10/05 Utopia
10/17/05 Frank Zappa
10/24/05 Supertramp
10/31/05 Anime theme songs
11/7/05 The Moody Blues
11/14/05 Boz Scaggs
11/21/05 Steely Dan
11/28/05 The Alan Parsons Project
12/5/05 Devo
12/12/05 "Dance Dance Revolution" soundtracks
12/19/06 Little Feat
1/2/06 Chicago
1/9/06 Roxy Music
1/16/06 Elton John
1/23/06 Todd Rundgren
1/30/06 Rush
2/6/06 Dire Straits
2/13/06 Talking Heads
2/20/06 Genesis
2/27/06 Greg Kihn
3/6/06 Jools Holland Big Band
3/13/06 Santana
3/20/06 Disney feature animation soundtracks
3/27/06 Queen
4/3/06 Van Morrison
4/10/06 The Residents
4/17/06 Yes
4/24/06 The Clash
5/1/06 David Bowie
5/8/06 Rush
5/23/06 "Final Fantasy" soundtracks
5/29/06 Sly and the Family Stone
6/5/06 They Might Be Giants
6/12/06 Billy Joel
6/19/06 Pink Floyd
6/26/06 Tom Petty
7/3/06 The Who
7/10/06 The Who
7/17/06 Squeeze
7/24/06 The Pretenders
7/31/06 Bjork
8/7/06 Matthew Sweet
8/14/06 Stevie Wonder
8/21/06 Tower of Power
8/28/06 XTC
9/4/06 Be Bop Deluxe
9/11/06 Thelonious Monk
9/18/06 Level 42
9/25/06 Janet Panic
10/2/06 Warren Zevon
10/9/06 King Crimson
10/16/06 The Offspring
10/23/06 The New Pornographers
10/30/06 Nellie McKay
11/6/06 Peter Gabriel
11/20/06 Prince
11/27/06 Robert Palmer
12/4/06 Adam & the Ants
12/11/06 The Doors
12/18/06 Rod Stewart
1/1/07 ???

Thanks for reading and for being part of our community. Best wishes for 2007, and if you're lucky, maybe I'll pick your favorite band one of these weeks.

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