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i just spent about 5 hours in my car, listening to my ipod on shuffle. its got 8,771 songs to choose from. these are some of the artists i heard on my trip:

johnny cash/bright eyes/greg laswell/pearl jam/queen/the myriad/over the rhine/the innocence mission/band of horses/patty griffin/steve earle/frank sinatra/bruce springsteen/david crowder/dwight yoakam/u2/ben harper/ben lee/harry connick jr./keane/jars of clay/grits/altar boys/nickel creek/yellowcard/willie nelson/mute math/asleep at the wheel/collective soul/something corporate/mxpx/pierce pettis/radiohead/taking back sunday/emmylou harris/joshua radin/wilco/ray charles/of montreal/great lake swimmers/gillian welch/bing crosby/julie miller/amos lee/page france/lost dogs/playdough/mat kearney/ray lamontagne

i heart my ipod. sigh.


Joel said…
lost dogs
now thats a blast from the past
Anonymous said…
Sounds like a wonderful playlist! Amos Lee is a favorite of mine along with many of the other artists to whom you listen. Bravo to a "cool person"!
greg. said…
lost dogs are awesome, monica. they put out several albums after our high school days, and some of it was some really good americana music. good stuff. sadly, one of the lost dogs has passed away...
r.i.p. gene eugene.

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