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Sunday Shuffle #294

It's the last Sunday before the school year starts for my son and me - on Wednesday he starts his freshman year and I begin my fifth year at Central Elementary. Hard to believe. My wife has already been in school for a week and it's her 23rd year as a high school teacher already.

Speaking of numbers, she and I ran for just over 9 miles combined yesterday morning, which is just amazing. Here's a secret - we both enjoy it. Who would ever have guessed?

Okay, time to get to the number that matters most this morning - today's ten!

1. Fallin'/Paul Burch (1) - First play since iTunes was reconstructed in early 2010
2. Alpha Rats Nest/The Mountain Goats (3) - last played on 7/1/12
3. The Decibels and the Little Pills/American Music Club (3) - last played on 8/28/11
4. Say Goodnight/Dean & Britta (4) - last played on 3/13/11
5. Tape Song/The Kills (3) - last played on 10/29/10
6. Torture/King Khan and The Shrines (3) - last played on 7/8/11
7. We're Gonna Make It/Mavis Staples (6) - last played on 5/6/12
8. Life 2: The Unhappy Ending/Stars (5) - last played on 4/10/11
9. Don't You Wanna Come Out/The Redwalls (3) - 1/1/12
10. Weighted Raft/Portastatic (5) - last played on 11/23/12

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