I saw this article where a deaf woman (since birth) asked a friend to create a playlist to introduce her to music (she had just receive a cochlear implant). What a challenge. Her friend decided to find one song from each year of her life.
What I understand about recipients of cochlear implants is that nobody really knows what it sounds like, because the people who are creating the technology can’t really use it on themselves. Of course, they can ask people what it sounds like, but from everything I’ve heard it’s less than satisfactory.
Out of curiosity, I thought I’d listen to all of the songs, and found them on YouTube. Here’s the full list:
- Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She’s The One
- Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs
- Joni Mitchell – Black Crow
- Steely Dan – Peg
- Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
- Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?
- The Specials – Do Nothing
- Soft Cell – Tainted Love
- The Jam – Town Called Malice
- Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
- Prince – When Doves Cry
- Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
- The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
- Fleetwood Mac – Big Love – Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)
- Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
- The The August & September
- Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
- Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!
- INXS – Baby Don’t Cry
- Nirvana – All Apologies
- Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia
- Pulp – Common People – Full Length Version / Album Version
- Everything But The Girl – Missing
- Foo Fighters – Everlong
- Massive Attack – Teardrop
- Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven
- The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
- Daft Punk – Digital Love
- The Streets – Turn The Page
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
- Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC
- Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
- Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
- Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place
- Elbow – One Day Like This
- Maximo Park – Tanned
- Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters
- The Joy Formidable – Whirring
- Bat For Lashes – Laura
- Haim – Don’t Save Me
Personally, I think an introduction to music playlist should contain some classic music as well as other popular music, but it’s certainly interesting to see some music from another point of view. This list could more accurately be called: Introduction to Modern Music Playlist & Hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today! It’s like listening to a pop radio station in many ways.
What music is missing from this list, and why?