After an idea found here that sounded like fun, when I put iTunes on random the first 15 tracks are as follows:

  1. Flat Earth - Iain Archer
  2. Drain You - Nirvana
  3. The Long Hard Road - Larry Norman
  4. Perfect - Smashing Pumpkins
  5. Abuse - The Aloof
  6. I've Searched All Around - Larry Norman
  7. Spontaneous Section 7 - Delirious?
  8. I Will Follow You To The Cross - Pure Worship
  9. Piano Man - Billy Joel
  10. Simply Worship - Hillsongs
  11. Paddy McCarthy - The Corrs
  12. Don't Leave [Floating Remix] - Faithless
  13. End - Reef
  14. So Long It's Been Good To Know You - Woody Guthrie
  15. In Your Hands - Bebo Norman

Actually, that is kinda fun. Next five:

  1. Jump - Girls Aloud
  2. If You're Not The One - Myleene Klass
  3. Orangeville - Brian Houston
  4. Because Of Me? - DV
  5. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

That’s very strange. I don’t really enjoy listening to ‘CCM’ (‘Contemporary Christian Music’, donchaknow) - I find the quality is generally poor, and I’m bothered by the cynical and artificially constructed niche market that somehow seems to charge more for music than the mainstream. Yet, out of the 4822 songs in my iTunes library, 9 of these random 20 fall into that bracket. Okay, Iain Archer and Brian Houston are a bit crossover, a bit mainstream, and a lot very good, but still… And that’s hardly a representative sample (my excuse and I’m sticking to it) of what’s in the collection. I have more U2 in there than any other band, by a very long way, and did one of those tracks come up?

That said, it has successfully captured the nice broad stylistic sweep of my collection.

And this wasn’t at all a sad or geeky exercise. Oh, no. Not at all.