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Something about my music…

From Shel, a few questions for me about my music collection:

1. Total amount of music files on your computer:
Well…on my actual computer, none. My laptop doesn’t have anything on it, everything is served off of the desktop in my office, with the music residing on an external HD. Bets and I use iTunes to stream to each of our laptops, and also to the Airport Extreme hooked into our surround sound system in the living room.

Well, that was a little tangent, wasn’t it? Ok, so total music available to us in the house is something like 9500 songs or so, about 57 Gigs.

2. The last CD you bought was:

The last actual physical CD? Probably Ryan Adams, Love is Hell part 2. Last album I paid for? Southern Culture on the Skids, from Last iTunes purchase? Morrocan Role by Ryan Adams.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
In the car on the way to work: Mr. Pitiful by The Commitments.

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you:

  • Round Here by Counting Crows, especially the live versions. The song itself is the first track on their debut album August and Everything After.

    She looks up at the building / says she’s thinking of jumping / says she’s tired of life / everybody’s tired of something

  • Wonderwall, by Oasis. Overplayed and saturated beyond belief, this is just nearly a perfect pop song. Both Counting Crows and Ryan Adams have covered it, and it just sticks to my head in ways that I can’t explain.

    Because maybe / you’re gonna be the one that saves me

  • Lovesong by The Cure. Reminds me of the terrible and wonderful things about being a teenager, and still manages to be a song about how someone can change your whole world.

    whatever words I say / I will always love you

  • Black by Pearl Jam. Another love song, but this one about love that leaves you, and how that also changes the world. I could include a dozen Pearl Jam songs here, but this one was always special.

    I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life / I know you’ll be a star / in somebody else’s sky

  • Oh My Sweet Carolina by Ryan Adams. We discovered Ryan late in our tenure at UNC, and this song just seemed written for us. The first time I heard it, I was literally dumbfounded. I just sat there, struck by the beauty and wonder of it, and I bought the CD not an hour later.

    Up here in the city feels like things are closing in / sunset’s just my lightbulb burnin’ out / I miss Kentucky and I miss my family / all the sweetest winds they blow across the South

  • Hurt by Nine Inch Nails and Johnny Cash. Nihlism from the first, and sorrow and regret from the second, just a powerful song. Reminds me of the despair inherent in the human condition, and the pain associated with feeling too much.

    You can have it all / my empire of dirt / I will let you down / I will make you hurt

  • Judith by A Perfect Circle. When I’m feeling like I need to get some anger out, or am fed up with the world, this song does it. A paean against religous zealotry, or blindly following any belief system.

    You are such an inspiration / for the way that I would never ever choose to be

Hey, it’s my list. I’m allowed more than 5 if I want. ๐Ÿ˜›

5. What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?

No idea! I’ll have to think about that.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

3 replies on “Something about my music…”

My favorite lines from Hurt:

If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

That realization that usually comes too late…I’ve never heard it expressed better.

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