31 Days Of Blogging Honesty: Day 29

I just created a mixed CD for someone who had been deaf all their life. The 15 artists and songs I chose are…

I could not possibly even pretend to know what it would be like; the joy, the overwhelming fear and awe in hearing your first sound after being deaf for a lifetime. I think after they listened to my CD I would want them to hear James Earl Jones too. Here is my list:

Concerto #21 – Mozart
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Dangerously In Love – Beyoncé
Portuguese Love – Teena Marie
Torna A Surriento – Placido Domingo
God (instrumental) – Prince
Yesterday – The Beatles
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
A House Is Not A Home – Luther Vandross
Break Of Dawn – Michael Jackson
Do Re Mi – Julie Andrews
I’m Alright – Kenny Loggins
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
You Got Another Thing Coming – Judas Priest


If there was room for another song I would have to include O’ Holy Night by Yolanda Adams. I think there is a nice sample of some of my favorites. As I thought of the songs to include it reminded me of when Commander Data first tasted a drink in Ten Forward and he didn’t like it. He had just put in his emotion chip and even though he hated what he was drinking he drank it all and asked for more. I imagine the person listening to my taste in music might have a similar reaction.

If you’ve never seen the scene I’m talking about, please watch it. It’s only 56 seconds and significantly explains how some people feel about my musical taste until it grows on them!

Tomorrow is Saturday. It’s time for another guest post segment. Saber Hodson is my special guest this month and you will be happy to know her post is about Syphilis. I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself all manner of things. No, she’s not a doctor or ill herself! Just come back tomorrow to have your curiosity satiated.

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  1. #1 by Rose Reynolds on June 3, 2011 - 9:00 PM

    I like most of the song choices and anything Yolanda Adams does would be great for that person to hear. Judas Priest is Heavy Metal isn’t it? You have a wide variety of musical tastes.

    • #2 by Tom Baker on June 3, 2011 - 9:37 PM

      I am not a fan of Heavy Metal but that song has such a pounding rythym and bass that I love it. I picked it because of the bass. I watched a person dance who was deaf but could feel the music on the floor.

      Hindsight is 20/20 and now that I have already posted the list I realize now that there is one awesome song that I left out. I don’t know how I could have forgotten Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The first time I heard that song, I was sitting in a college class and I cried. Real tears. It is a beautiful song and I could listen to that and Ravel’s Bolero all day everyday.

      I was just at Cherlyn’s blog reading your answers and as I was replying to these comments and remembering the clip that went along with her list, it hit me. I love the piano and this song is beautiful. Here is a link if you want to hear it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQVeaIHWWck&feature=related.”)

  2. #3 by savesprinkles1234 on June 3, 2011 - 7:17 PM

    Are you my hubby in disguise? The music–the Next Generation clip…hmmmmmm! My husband is such a Trekkie that he can see a clip that is a few seconds long and name the original air date, title, and guest stars of all of the original Star Treks and Next Generations. Pretty cool and slightly Aspergian, huh!?

    • #4 by Tom Baker on June 3, 2011 - 9:26 PM

      I think since your very first comment you have stated that your husband and I are a lot alike. I have to meet this wonderful person who is so much like me. Did you get that plug for myself?

  3. #5 by PrinceConnoisseur on June 3, 2011 - 10:57 AM

    Ha! The only song I would have included is God! Could you imagine hearing for the very first time?

    • #6 by Tom Baker on June 3, 2011 - 9:25 PM

      I cannot imagine the flow of emotions of being able to hear good music or anything for the first time. A good question, huh? I’m glad I thought of it!

  4. #7 by King Arthur and Queen Guinevere on June 3, 2011 - 8:27 AM

    Interesting choices but no Elvis Presley? I like the tiny life forms songs too.

    • #8 by Tom Baker on June 3, 2011 - 9:23 PM

      Check out Cherlyn’s list. She included an Elvis song!

  5. #9 by Carmen Radzai on June 3, 2011 - 8:10 AM

    Nervous to say the least when I clicked on your link. I was looking for mixed CD list to come up with an eclectic mix for my friends who are graduating and here is a site called morning erection. I’m glad my curiosity overpowered my fear. I’ve read a few of your first posts and the one on Whale Wars. I like the poetry collections too.

    My friend is a dee jay so I’m sure he has most of your list. Money is tight but a mixed CD is something I can afford to give several of my friends. Thanks Tom. I will be back.

    • #10 by Tom Baker on June 3, 2011 - 9:23 PM

      Thanks for tempting fate. I am glad you stopped by.Mixed CDs are some of the gifts I think my friends have appreciated the most over the years.

  6. #11 by Cherlyn on June 3, 2011 - 3:50 AM

    A great CD Indeed! And a great scene to show too. By the way, I totally love that part in the movie, it always gives me a good chuckle. I also love the life-forms song lol.

    • #12 by Tom Baker on June 3, 2011 - 9:19 PM

      I just finished reading your post. Thanks for not mentioning it. I feel so bad though. You had some great songs on your list and we are finally synched up, but tomorrow is guest post day…

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