If I had $10 and an Online Music Account, I’d ..

So, I got to thinking. If I were to list the ten songs that had touched me over the years, what would they be? “Favorite” isn’t really a strong enough term, but you get the idea.

As I compiled the following list, I found myself pointing out (to myself, mind you) that:

  • Some of the songs had lyrics that represented something going on in my life at the time.
  • Some were musically significant (in my opinion); that is, interesting chordal changes, powerful solo or vocal, etc.
  • Others made the list “just because”.

The list is not in any particular order, nor is it complete (you’ll note there are only nine songs). That wasn’t because I couldn’t think of a tenth; it was because I realized that I had other music that was important to me, and I felt I should do some prioritizing before finalizing the list. Then I realized: my life is not over; I’m entering another important chapter right now. Like “life, the universe and everything” (thanks to Douglas Adams), the list is subject to change:

  • "Foreplay" / "More than a Feeling", by Boston
  • "Desperado", by The Eagles
  • "Hideaway", by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "When You See a Chance", by Steve Winwood
  • "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", by Frank Sinatra
  • "Touch", by John Klemmer
  • "Please Stay the Night", by Chuck Mangione
  • "Tell Me To My Face", by John Fogelberg and Tim Weisburg
  • "Life Beyond LA", by Ambrosia

Stay tuned to this space, and please comment with your favorites.

Original Post:May 2005

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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