I'd always been amused since I'd first learned that John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen all have the same birthday, September 23rd. But, then I did a little digging, I found there were many other musicians, if not as significant as those above, with that same birthday. A quick scroll through IMDB, only because it's easy to look people up by their birthday there, turns up the following - Les McCann, Julio Iglesias, Jermaine Dupri, Ani Difranco, folklorist John A. Lomax, the guy who wrote "The Sidewalks of New York" James W. Blake, sometime musical theater performers Mickey Rooney and Jason Alexander and the owner of CBGB's Hilly Kristal. There's plenty more.
We only hear from a select few of them in the program (you're welcome), and while I give no credence to astrology (you may if you like), this is kind of amusing.
Sure, it's nice to have the possibility of recovering lost files, but the lack of user control over it just increases the feeling that Apple can't relinquish ownership of whatever it sells to you, or let you use it in an a way in which they don't approve. Especially from the iTunes store. I've never been a fan of the iTunes store. I find it difficult to browse, and am still stung by the early days when you were stuck only being able to play it on the computer that downloaded it, or approved devices, and its unique file type that you can't edit of mess around with. There are a few songs from the DRM era that I can't play anymore because I've gone through that many computers.
I had toyed with the idea of doing a Labor Day themed program for last weekend, as I had done for Memorial Day and the 4th of July, but I ironically got lazy or too distracted to put together a tribute to the working man (and ladies, too). Have no fear, the wonderful DJ Therese over at WFMU put together a fine Labor Day playlist. I've only had a chance to listen to the very beginning (I'm assuming Sonic Youth's "Swimsuit Issue" is a request from Senator Gillibrand), but perusing the list, it's far better than what I would have presented (and that's why she's there and I'm here)