Easy Ed's Cat Picks the Top Ten Faves

Zooney has impeccable taste, so this year I let her choose our favorite top ten albums. As she and I have not yet developed a spoken language we each understand, I devised a system that allowed her to have complete freedom of choice and total control. First, we began by taking every album we acquired this year and placed them on a spreadsheet, with the release dates included and country of origin. For a small service fee of $89.95 USD, I sent it off to a music database company who reviewed and eliminated reissues, European-only titles and any albums that had funky metadata that indicated they really came out in 2012. 

Once we had a clean list to work from, I found a company in Odessa Texas that not only sold bulk quantities of ping pong balls, but also were willing to stamp each ball with the artist and album name before shipping them back to us. There is a picture here showing an example of what they do. They worked very quickly and shipped Fedex at no extra charge. I will use them again next year.

Upon arrival, I removed all the furniture from our living room, and emptied the contents of the large cardboard box on the floor. Zooney watched me with great anticipation. Once I yelled "Go", she went to work using her paws and nose to push the albums (or rather the balls with the albums'  titles) she didn't like out the front door. After three hours and twenty-two minutes we were left with her favorite ten albums of 2013. Taking a break of Meow Mix and water, she recharged and went to work one more time to select the final order.

Jason Isbell/Southeastern
Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy/What The Brothers Sing
Richard Thompson/Electric
Over The Rhine/Meet Me At The Edge Of The World
Holly Williams/The Highway
Milk Carton Kids/The Ash and Clay
Jules Shear/Longer To Get To Yesterday
The Handsome Family/Wilderness
Pharis and Jason Romero/Long Gone Out West Blues
Anaiis Mitchell and Jeffrey Hamer/Child Ballads
It's been the custom this year to not only provide a list, but also include video samples of each. Zooney and I sat down last night to go through You Tube and there was quite a disagreement over what songs to include. As you can see, she worked herself into a fever and scratched the dickens out of my hand, so I had to restrain her.
I'm happy to tell you we ended up making a compromise. We each picked one.
And that's the way it is. December 2013.
She is SO silly. Point/counterpoint.

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Tags: 2013, easy ed, jules shear, top ten

Comment by Victoria Woodworth on December 15, 2013 at 12:18pm

This is awesome. I am humbled by the pure and painstaking process you have in place for this. And nice job, Zooney.

Comment by Kim Ruehl on December 17, 2013 at 7:50am

You crack me up.

Comment by TenLayers on December 17, 2013 at 8:26am

This post will make my "Best Posts of the Year" list for sure!...Just in time too, EasyE

Comment by Jim Moulton on December 18, 2013 at 6:21am

That was good.

Comment by Jim Hunter on December 20, 2013 at 6:17am

Great post Ed...Zooney has impeccable taste I must say, and your ping pong ball lottery system is above and beyond the call.   I am sure based on the process articulated here that you had no influence in Zooney's top 10 at all (save making the purchases).  Well done and Happy Holidays Zooney and Easy Ed... 

Comment by Stephen Jacobson on December 20, 2013 at 8:41am
Any feline who appreciates Richard Thompson is a kitty of class and taste...
Comment by Stina on December 20, 2013 at 6:21pm

Cute! I'm pleased to see the Jason Isbell album at the top of the list. You... er, I mean Zooney has excellent taste! Am I wrong in thinking you were heisitant in getting the album at first? Someone was. Or am I thinking back to the "Live From Alabama" album?

Comment by Easy Ed on December 20, 2013 at 8:27pm

Stina...so nice to see you here. Its been awhile, although I know you lurk in the forum. Think you got me mixed up with that other Easy Ed...but I was late in getting into the Truckers and his other two previous albums. It helped me fall in love with the album seeing him alone with his guitar on the banks of the Hudson this summer; sober and singing in the afternoon sun. Damn he is one helluva artist. 

And since I'm here, thanks kindly to you folks who left such nice comments about me and Zooney. We almost have the place in order but tonight I did find a dozen ping pong balls stuffed in the couch cushions. 

Comment by Michael Helwig on December 20, 2013 at 10:07pm

I wish they would open up a deli here in Portland

Comment by Stina on December 21, 2013 at 4:10pm

That's me the lurker... :)


Been struggling with an ear infection over the last few months so it hasn't been a very music friendly zone. Still battling as my hearing keeps getting worse in that ear.

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