Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

To grow a song

My mix CDs are shifting on me.

No, that's what it feels like.

My friends slipjig and rafaela have kept me well supplied with mix CDs. I rotate between a bunch of them, plus my usual personal collection of CDs. And sometimes I've forgotten which songs are in what order, and the next song seems unfamiliar, like I haven't heard it before even though I have, and it's as if my mix CDs are shifting on me.

Wouldn't it be cool if mix CDs could do that? More than random play on a CD player, more than shuffle mode on an iPod: what if CDs regenerated their playlist? Played an unexpected song?

(Someone figured out a way to sort of do this with LPs. There's a Monty Python LP from the 1970s that was called a "three-sided" record: one side had two grooves, each with its own content, and what you heard depended on where you dropped the needle. I heard of someone, I think a college acquaintance, who had that LP and had never known about the other groove until he finally just happened to drop the needle into the other groove and his mind was blown.)

It could be like this: Like maybe the CD had grown a song? Like mold in a petri dish? Like an extra arm in an unexpected place?

Admit it, this idea is impossible but cool. And "cool" should be allowed to trump "impossible," because the world can use more Cool.

This post has been brought to you by me being surprised by a song on a CD I've listened to dozens of times. And no, I don't think I'm forgetful...
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