Sarah J. Carlson

Contemporary Young Adult Author

iTunes Playlist Challenge!

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One of my biggest creative writing fuels is music. I need to have music all.the.time. Riding Singapore’s amazing public transportation system, washing dishes, running, writing, shopping at the grocery store— music all the time. I create my own soundtracks for my books, with songs for different characters and events and setting. It helps me connect with the world I’m creating. This morning I conducted an experiment. I put my iTunes on shuffle and wrote down the first ten songs that came up. I did not let myself skip any.

Here they are in all their glory:

  1. “Terrible Lie (Sympathetic Mix),” Nine Inch Nails
  2. “Hey Brother,” Avicii
  3. “Marry Me,” Jason Derulo
  4. “Party Hard,” Andrew W.K.
  5. “Body Movin,’” Beastie Boys
  6. “Sister of Night,” Depeche Mode
  7. “Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus/Floating Free/Searle’s Last Blast,” Underworld & John Murphy (Music from the motion picture Sunshine)
  8. “No Sleep,” Wiz Khalifa
  9. “Always,” Blink 182
  10. “Big Sur Moon,” Buckethead

That actually was not as random as expected. Plus I rediscovered some songs I forgot I even had. Bonus! Guess I’ll have to do it again sometime. Maybe I’ll make it a weekly thing, so if you’d like a peek into my thousands of songs (and my random psyche) follow me and wait with bated breath!

Try it for yourself and see what happens. Post your results here!

15 thoughts on “iTunes Playlist Challenge!

  1. eclecticalli

    I kinda love this idea… putting my i-tunes on random shuffle seems like a very interesting experiment given my wide variety of music (and doing it on a semi-regular basis seems like it could be a lot of fun. So, here goes my first try…..
    (Song Title – Album – Artist)
    1) Wrong Way – Examples of Wasted Time – Velabonz
    2) Always It’s You (Album Version) – Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers On Warner Bros. 1960-1969 – The Everly Brothers
    3) The Rap – Starlight Express (1992 London Cast)
    4) The Chemical Workers Song – UP – Great Big Sea
    5) Wonderful – Wicked (Broadway Cast)
    6) Light Calvary: Overture – 111 Classical Masterpieces – London Philharmonic Orchestra & Horst Stien
    7) Flash – Greatest Hits (2004) – Queen
    8) Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound – Chanticleer
    9) The Heat is on in Saigon – Miss Saigon (Original London Cast Recording)
    10) The Bargain — the Waltz of Treachery – Les Miserables (Complete Symphonic Recording)

    Hmm… yeah.. I have a strange assortment of music… Not a perfect representation of what I have, but a fair one. 🙂


    1. sjoycarlson Post author

      Haha amazing. Pretty random. Glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, think I will do a weekly post on this. It was really fun, plus maybe we’ll discover new music. Another bonus. Can’t wait to see what we come up with next time 😉


  2. Erica Judd

    Ooh, I love music too! Here’s my selection from my media library (alas, not actually itunes!):

    1. Walking Wounded – The Tea Party (I’m seeing Jeff Martin Friday night!!)
    2. Like Callisto to a Star in heaven – Trivium
    3. Rock n Roll is King – Rose Tattoo
    4. Death Valley – Fall Out Boy
    5. Fighting Song – Rose Tattoo
    6. The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    7. Guilty Pleasure – Cobra Starship
    8. The Ballad of Robert Moore and Betty Coltrane – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    9. Two Sisters – Niahm Parsons
    10. Thnk Fr Th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy

    Music is a big part of my life. I literally wouldn’t exist if not for music, as my parents met through a mutual friend who was a singer – Mum owned a record shop and Dad was in a band. 🙂


  3. Momma Jon't Know Dack

    Your list is pretty awesome 🙂 I tried it for fun…here is mine 🙂
    1. Undone -Five Finger Death Punch
    2. My Apocalypse – Escape The Fate
    3. 43 – Mushroomead (my fave song atm)
    4. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
    5. 5 Minutes Alone – Pantera
    6. The Parade of Ashes – Periphery
    7. Not falling- Mudvayne
    8. Bullet with a Name – Nonpoint
    9. Carry Out – Timbaland (ft Justin Timberlake)
    10. Wait and Bleed – Slipknot
    Ok…now most of it is metal but in my defense I only listen to this when I work out! More motivating 🙂


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