Music on Mondays (1-5-15)—Makes me wanna get up and dance

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

I have a huge collection of music, comprising all genres except opera, rap, and hip hop, and split into classical and non-classical. I listen to the non-classical collection in chronological order, and it used to take me about six months to listen to it. I say “used to” because that was when I had television. I quit the television world in September 2013, which has given me more time to listen to more music.

Julian quite often challenged me on just exactly how much digital music I have and how long it takes me to listen to it. Thus, on October 16, as I started a new round of chronological listening, I decided to create another Excel spreadsheet documenting my non-classical music collection. I still have some fine-tuning to do because I am eliminating songs that I don’t like, even if they are part of an album. In some cases, I’m deleting whole albums. I also still have a few albums on my 2014 “to buy” list.

My initial spreadsheet indicates that I have 1,650 hours, 17 minutes, and 42 seconds of non-classical music, and this is how long it would take me to listen to it:

At my current average of 11:11:19 per day: 147 days

At 10 hours per day: 165 days

9 hours per day: 184 days

8 hours per day: 206 days

7 hours per day: 235 days

6 hours per day: 275 days

5 hours per day: 330 days

4 hours per day: 412 days

As I was finishing my initial spreadsheet catalog, I also was finishing listening to the year 1988 (remember that I listen to my music in chronological order). That made me wonder what the #1 song for 1988 was. I Googled it and found that it was “Faith” by George Michael.” Until a few days ago, I had Michael’s “Faith” album, released in October 1987. I had it because at one time I was collecting all of the #1 singles and #1 albums from the rock ‘n’ roll era, generally conceded to have begun in 1955, the same year I was born. After listening to the album twice, I decided that I didn’t like it and summarily deleted it.

So, you might ask, what is my favorite song from 1988, the one 1988 song that I would put on my mp3 player after being told that I was going to be exiled to an island in the Pacific Ocean for the rest of my life? I believe I’m going to have to go with “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys.

“Kokomo” was originally released on the soundtrack to the movie “Cocktail,” starring Tom Cruise, released in August 1988. Eventually “Kokomo” also showed up on The Beach Boys’ album “Still Cruisin'” which was released in August 1989.

“Kokomo” reached #1 on The Billboard Hot 100 chart, garnering for The Beach Boys a record of the longest time between #1 singles, 21 years and 2 months between “Good Vibrations” in 1966 and “Kokomo” in 1988. Cher holds the current record of 24 years and 11 months between #1 singles.

Although “Kokomo” was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Original Song, Motion Picture,” it lost to “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins. Sadly, “Kokomo” shows up on VH1’s “40 Most Awesomely Bad #1 Songs” and Blender magazine’s “50 Worst Songs Ever.” Ah, well. I love it. Makes me wanna get up and dance, and I usually do!

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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14 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (1-5-15)—Makes me wanna get up and dance

  1. mvschulze

    A couple of thoughts: In September I set my car-based i-pod on alphabetical and refuse to touch it until it’s finished. As of the new year I’m only on the “C’s” It is a little deceiving, however as some “selections” include hours of Reel to Reel recorded music from the 60’s and 70’s including some original non-editied radio music and news programs. (I once calculated 77,000 feet of tape, now all digitilized for the i-pad – but only a small part of the 64gb capacity!) Yes there are duplicates, but usually of different versions. In addition, many of my CD’s, LP’s an infusion of 80’s and 90’s music from my son (when I first got the i Pod,) are part of the “6500” titles. Listening, is, a great pastime…
    Second: Close friends of ours proudly sail “Kokoma,” their ~40′ Beneteau. It’s the spirit of the the music that usually puts a smile on our faces.
    Thanks for the interesting post. M:-)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I used to buy a complete album or CD just to get one song, which often resulted in many duplicates, even of the same song. Don’t have to do THAT anymore!

      I also used to go by “titles” but that was deceiving because when I ripped all of my CDs, the software I used converted one CD with 16 songs on it to 16 titles. Thus, I decided to convert to hours, minutes, and seconds.


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  3. mythreemoggies

    Wow now that is dedication to music 🙂 Can I make a special request for next week as you know I love your Monday music posts 😉 …. Next week on 15th I turn the BIG 40 and this Saturday I am having a big 70s theme party. Can you do a post next Monday on 70s? xxxxx

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