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Friday random ten: Unexpected genius

I was just going to do another normal random ten listing – I had the iPod in shuffle mode and was just waiting for a time to collect the songs I’d heard and put them in a post, when I noticed that instead of being in “all songs” mode, the iPod was now in a Genius playlist. I have no idea how that happened – I presume that I accidentally brushed up against something that put it in that mode, as that’s an occasional hazard of these touch-screen devices – but I figured that this was nature’s way of telling me something. So here are ten songs from this Genius list I didn’t know I had:

1. Stay With Me – Lorraine Ellison
2. Where Did Our Love Go – Diana Ross and The Supremes
3. Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King
4. The Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles
5. Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
6. Wake Up Alone – Amy Winehouse
7. I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
8. Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
9. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
10. 100 Days, 100 Nights – Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings

The first song is the basis for the Genius list. Not a bad selection at all. Normally, this is the time when I would do a random ten for my birthday, but I only have so many songs about being old and decrepit in my collection, so this was a nice unplanned diversion. And what I’ve decided is that everyone needs a little James Brown in their head telling them to get up offa that thing already:

If I could dance like that, I’d definitely feel better no matter how I felt to start out. Happy Friday, y’all.

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