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It varies. Sometimes I listen to movie soundtracks (mostly from John Carpenter movies like The Thing, They Live, etc.). A while back I played every song on my phone in alphabetical order which took a while (never knew I had so many different live versions of "Let There Be Rock" by AC/DC). I just started listening to the iTunes "Purchased" playlist. It's basically the history of every song I ever purchased from iTunes though I'm not sure how it orders the songs. I mostly like classic rock but I've recently gotten into some other newer groups/artists like Orianthi, Gary Clark, Jr., and Night Club.
Mostly things before the 80's. Everything from classical (for hardest problems) to Merle Haggard to Pink Floyd. Silence when the going gets tough.
TOBACCO reminded me of an old transistor radio and trying to tune in an FM station that is between two others. It had some strange appeal though.
God is an Astronaut, Caspian, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, This Will Destroy You, and Mogwai are my mainstays. Not fitting into that category, but something I've also been listening to lately is a lot of George Winston.
I feel like that about Rhymesayers but then, I can listen to lyrics while I code and a lot of people can't. It also helps me focus when I'm manic because it ties up all the stray distractions into one place - any focus not on code is on the lyrics. =) I'm an oddball.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
You might like George Winston, then. He plays solo piano; hard to say what his style is, but it is not classical.
"Forest" probably has the most songs that have made it on to my favorites list, but there are several good songs on all his CDs (I have 7 of them). His "Tamarack Pines" from the "Forest" CD is one of the coolest piano pieces I've ever heard.
The Beer Prayer - Our lager, which art in barrels, hallowed be thy drink. Thy will be drunk, I will be drunk, at home as it is in the tavern. Give us this day our foamy head, and forgive us our spillage as we forgive those who spill against us. And lead us not to incarceration, but deliver us from hangovers. For thine is the beer, the bitter and the lager, for ever and ever. Barmen.
I'm reminded of an old episode of "Barney Miller" (that I barely remember otherwise) in which they had a guy in custody who was possessed and one of the guys on there says "Well, possession is nine tenths of the law."