With iTunes and the iTunes Music Store, you can publish your music recommendations for friends and family anytime.
When you publish a playlist at the iTunes Music Store, itâ€™s called an “iMix.” iMixes allow others to preview your favorite songs and purchase the ones they want. Creating your own iMix on the iTunes Music Store is as easy as clicking a button.
Creating an iMix
Creating my compilation was pretty straight-forward:
Create a new playlist of tracks
Go to File > Create an iMix …
Add a few details
The Original Songs From The Mirror
Yesterday I was listening to Fish’s 1993 album Songs From The Mirror, a recording of some of the songs that inspired Mr Derek W. Dick as he was growing up and getting into this thing we call music. These were his songs from the mirror — we’ve all sung along to our favourite bands while miming into the mirror … haven’t we?
There was a comment at the IWMW2007 conference in York last week about how deceptive many photographs on university promotional websites are; for example, they always show deep blue skies with hardly a cloud in sight.
So today I decided to put it to the test.
The frontpage news headline on the BBC News website says “Flood crisis grows as rivers rise“, and the UK’s bad weather has been the number one topic of conversation for weeks (besides Beckham’s move to LA, of course. And the release of the final Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Lucrative Franchise).
So of any day this ought to be the one utterly, 100% honest photograph of the real St Andrews.
As you can see: glorious sunshine, blue skies, hardly a cloud in sight and the green, green grass of home.
Anthony de Mello’s classic book on spirituality, Awareness, opens with these words:
Spirituality means waking up.
Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up.
They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.
“It’d be ludicrous for me to say, ‘Oh there’s always been a real optimistic side to our music,’ but most of the time, no matter what state of despair or desperation I might be in on the records, there is an element of hope, of salvation being searched for. When I’m onstage reacting to people it certainly doesn’t feel hopeless or hate-filled to me …
Overwhelmingly for me, NIN is always searching for redemption of some sort. There was and is a positive reason for this record to exist. To get people to pay attention, look around themselves in a different way. It’s pretentious, it may not work, but it’s worth a shot. I’m only pissing my own money away!
And I’d hate to look back and just think my music sleepwalked through these years. Year Zero feels like the right thing for me to do right now. It’s the only thing I could’ve done and still been okay with myself.”
A couple of things struck me about these quotations:
The religious language used: “hope”, “salvation”, “redemption” — and a real sense of searching
Reznor’s need to ask questions of life and his encouragement for others to also ask those type of questions, and to consider looking at the world in a different way
Reznor’s fear of ‘sleepwalking’ — in other words: he wanted to wake up, he wants ‘awareness’
You could argue that Reznor is fulfilling an important task of a theologian here: pointing to the BIG questions of life, and encouraging others to join in the debate.
The album Year Zero is rather good too, which is a bonus.