Sunday, November 21, 2004

Top Five Lists

I was reading a blog yesterday in the afternoon, and the writer was talking about how you could learn a lot about a person by reading a list of their "favorites." I am typically a person who holds that sort of information close to the breast, not really for fear of sharing, but I am not the type to have many strong convictions in the area of favorite media. For the most part, this was an experiment for me, to list things that I enjoy. I am still not totally convinced that I could say that they are my all time favorites, but what is listed is what came to mind. The lists are in no particular order, and of course are subject to mood changes.

One thing I learned about me is that the event of Napster and iTunes has really changed my music purchasing habits. As I listed my favorite songs, that wasn’t too difficult, except distilling a list of thousands of songs down to five was somewhat arduous. When it came to listing albums my tastes seemed to change immediately. I guess that I just haven’t purchased many full albums in recent years. The ones I listed are a few that I really could enjoy listening to the entire thing over and over.

It was an interesting experiment anyway. It also makes for a reasonable blog entry. So without further ado, here is a sampling of my top fives:

Top Fives:

Movies:
1. Star Wars – Episode Six
2. Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King
3. Sabrina (1995)
4. Twelfth Night (1996)
5. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Albums:
1. When I look in your eyes – Diana Krall
2. In Pieces – Garth Brooks
3. John Williams Greatest Hits 1969-1999
4. The Melody At Night, With You – Keith Jarrett
5. Jimmy Eat World

Songs:
1. O Magnum Mysterium – Robert Shaw
2. Cadillac of the Skys – John Williams
3. Float On – Modest Mouse
4. Tiny Dancer – Elton John
5. Somebody Told Me – The Killers

TV Shows:
1. ALIAS
2. 30 Minute Meals – Food Network
3. Seventh Heaven
4. Everwood
5. Summerland

Books:
1. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
2. Eragon – Christopher Paolini
3. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
4. Core Java volumes I and II – Horstmann, Cornell
5. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

Restaurants:
1. Friday’s
2. Chili’s
3. The Rivers
4. The Boulevard
5. Tony Roma’s

I am sure that were I to sit and think about it longer there would be more, but the above represents a good survey.

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