Day 333

Friday | January 25th, 2013


Sleep, how important is it … actually. A few hours here, a few there. It’s the waking part that’s more … useful some might say. I like the sleeping part though—the dreaming keeps me whole, keeps me storytelling, supplies a lot of inspiration (especially when log-jammed on logical tasks, I often dream the answer or another approach).

I think in some respects, I want to feel guilty for sleeping my days away. Some part of societal programming is insisting that I be awake in the day and sleep at night … but why? Because that’s what everyone else does? I don’t have any obligations other than wife, dogs, and work. All of those things are accounted for: wife is working, dogs love me as long as we are in the same room together, work is on vacation hiatus. Why should I adhere to any schedule? To whose benefit is it that I don’t stay up past sunrise and sleep away the winter days?

There are things to do though; things from my list. Follow the list = get things done = stay cognizant of life (and responsibilities) and don’t stray too far off the road. One of the things on the list is a grand abstract called: label + sync. This means a lot of things, thus the abstractness.

Part of it is to make sure that all personas reveal the same information (to increase personal brand) and further drive a wedge between Caleb J. Cook and J. Blake Coco (delimited here and along said lines). Another part is just further collocating and synchronizing files across multiple systems: landing the art where the art goes; snips where snips go; getting the production mechanisms which assemble each post of this blog into Dropbox so writing can take place where I am, not where the right machine is; general organization from 16 years of digital living, the bulk of which has clustered up like barnacles in the last five years; and stopping data bleed. Then there’s the stuff that I did today which was to export and archive playlists which are deemed essential to stopping some of the data bleed.

When coming to Korea that first year long ago, I made a playlists of songs to go to Korea. In the first year I only had that one CD and listened to it all the time (later though, I found Hot Tracks and purchased a few albums). This CD was called “Going”. In the following years I made, “Going 2”, “Going 3”, etc. I stopped a few later as I’d quit making CDs and also settled with never really leaving Korea. So then instead of “going” I made play lists for each year. These play lists consisted of the songs I would listen to again and again all year.

When I was exporting these, I found some discrepancies between a trusted back up (yeah, iTunes libraries going back to 2003) and the file just generated. This lead to a day long endeavor of making sure that the exports had all the songs and, very importantly, that the non-English songs would be preserved in that text.

In addition to playlists for going to Korea, playlists for the successive years of staying, there are others of interest: playlists for love and playlists for a certain kind of work. I notice that each playlist is a kind of journal, capturing thoughts, struggles, and process in a certain time frame. And in that, preserving them has become even more critical this vacation.

And … of course, I realized that it was a new year now and I hadn’t started a playlist for 2013 yet. Here is 2012’s playlist, built from unemployment, the Seoul exodus, Gyeongju strife, learning to cope and function in the PDF, stabilizing the heart break of 2011, and using my free time to explore new sounds (again, for the first time in a few years):

  1. All Along – Kid Cudi
  2. A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) – College
  3. Alive And Kicking – Simple Minds
  4. Nightcall – Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
  5. Your Love – The Outfield
  6. Monkey Punk – (DDR version)
  7. My Hearts – 신중현 & The Donkeys (feat. 이정화)
  8. Cry For You (Original Edit) – September
  9. Gold Guns And Girls – Metric
  10. Hard To Come Back – Success
  11. November Has Come – Gorillaz
  12. La Vida Loca – 클로버 (은지원 & Tyfoon & 길미)
  13. You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
  14. Haligh, Haligh, a Lie, Haligh – Bright Eyes
  15. only – Nine Inch Nails
  16. Verses – Plan B
  17. Blue Monday – New Order
  18. 99 Problems – Hugo
  19. Any Way You Want It – Journey
  20. Agenda Suicide – The Faint
  21. I Still Believe – Tim Cappello
  22. Road To Joy – Bright Eyes
  23. The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
  24. (We Want) The Same Thing – Belinda Carlisle
  25. Eternal Destiny (A Cappella Mix) – Alex Kharlamov, Randy Miller
  26. Steel Claw – Tina Turner
  27. My Favorite Ladies (zhieru) – MF Doom
  28. Cutt Off – Kasabian
  29. Mercy – Steve Jones
  30. All the Rowboats – Regina Spektor
  31. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
  32. When The Rain Comes Down – Andy Taylor
  33. Firewood – Regina Spektor
  34. Detlef Schrempf – Band of Horses
  35. What I’d Say – 이태신과 TopSong
  36. He is a Fool – Oseja
  37. Bingul Bingul – 나미
  38. The Body Of An American – The Pogues
  39. Where’d You Go – Fort Minor
  40. 난 정말 모르겠 – 송골매
  41. Sovereignty – Japandroids
  42. Shes Not There – UK Subs

2012 playlist

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