Lazy Luddite Log

17.8.09

Birth Charts

I am one of those who regards Astrology with the same skepticism (hopefully no more nor less) that I do any supernatural propositions. We all know the objection - how can the perceived configuration of stars and planets far removed from this world have anything to do with who I am and what my life will be like?

The best explanation I have been given (one of those explanations that make perfect sense in the telling but one can somehow never convey to others effectively) is that in this complex and holistic universe a random method of sampling parts of the totality can tell one something of other parts of that totality. I think.

As long as nobody gets taken for a ride then I figure it is all just a bit of fun these days. But why stars and planets? What of other random things happening in the universe at the time of our birth. It is then - for the sake of fun you understand - that I propose here prediction of ones personality and fate via the popular song!

Check this site. It allows one to find the song that was Number 1 on any date in the past few decades. One can quickly discover the most popular song on the date of ones birth (or indeed on any and all of ones subsequent birthdays). Maybe Lean On Me tells me as much about who I am as does the constellation of Cancer. There is a lot of information in a recorded song from the words themselves to the way they are sung and the instruments and arrangements presented.

What does your birthdate popular tune say about you?

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  • I see astrology etc. in the same way I see the various statistics based reports which hit the news every second week: "50.1% of short men earn less than their tall peers."

    Humans love looking for patterns.

    So Pieces "tend to be" more musical etc. Fine. I'm not saying you're wrong, just saying you're taking statistics too seriously.

    Anyway, I like the idea of the songs that were popular around my birth effecting me personally.

    Does that mean we can blame emos on grunge?

    - Bowie

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 18 August, 2009  

  • Yep. Shocking News - half the population have under-average intelligence! (nobody notices that half the population have above average intelligence).

    You would be aware of musical revivals. So there was a punk revival in the 90s and at a similar time I noticed some house music producers making very faithful covers of disco hits. I wonder whether musical trends move in waves (e.g, kids who came of age in the late 70s are controlling the music 15-20 years later and things they loved creep back into vogue).

    Hey tell me - when I respond to you on my blog to you somehow know (like they will over at LiveJournal) or do you have to come back and check?

    By Blogger Daniel, At 20 August, 2009  

  • I'm copying and pasting comments to this same post from LiveJournal (complete with messy formatting text). See below...

    From: evil_s
    Date: August 17th, 2009 08:36 pm (local)
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    hehehe
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    Maniac - Michael Sembello, well i am quite crazy!
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    From: originaluddite
    Date: August 19th, 2009 05:43 pm (local)
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    Check this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maniac_(song)

    The song originally _was_ about a crazy person. In the song we know however it describes a very talented and driven person.
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    From: actrealdon
    Date: August 17th, 2009 09:15 pm (local)
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    My birthdate popular tune says that I wanted to be born in 1983. Africa by Toto was number one on my 3rd birthday.
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    From: dzurlady
    Date: August 17th, 2009 11:33 pm (local)
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    Do you hear the rain?
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    From: originaluddite
    Date: August 19th, 2009 05:45 pm (local)
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    Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you.
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    From: originaluddite
    Date: August 19th, 2009 05:46 pm (local)
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    Hey did you know that Toto did the soundtrack for the 80s movie of Dune? (there is some Brian Eno in there too but it is mostly Toto - basically a whole lot of syth and electric guitar instrumentals).
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    From: nitedula
    Date: August 18th, 2009 07:30 am (local)
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    "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me" - Billy Joel.

    ... I like lots of sorts of music? Really, that song doesn't speak to me much at all. Maybe I'd need to find the number-one song in Australia for that date.
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    From: originaluddite
    Date: August 19th, 2009 06:00 pm (local)
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    Unfortunately the ARIA charts only go back to 1988 I think. However this site can give you UK hits: http://www.everyhit.com/dates/

    I am a Billy Joel fan but that is hardly his best track. Still I think you can look beyond the chorus to see it expresses the opinion of someone who rejects the dictates of fashion and decides for themselves what they like...
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    From: nitedula
    Date: August 19th, 2009 06:16 pm (local)
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    According to Wikipedia, my song should be The Village People's "Can't Stop the Music". I like that much more!
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    From: originaluddite
    Date: August 20th, 2009 12:35 pm (local)
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    Have you ever seen the movie of the same name? Tis a wonderful period piece from a long-lost time.
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    From: pezzae
    Date: August 18th, 2009 02:37 pm (local)
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    Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes.
    Like my star sign, I think this leaves out an awful lot of my personality!
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    From: originaluddite
    Date: August 19th, 2009 06:01 pm (local)
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    See - it works!

    By Blogger Daniel, At 09 May, 2017  

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