Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Listening To Albums All The Way Through

I went on a long car ride this last weekend. Actually, I went on two long car rides. As I and my friend were just about to leave and I was getting ready to plug the ole iPhone into the radio and start up some long-haul shufflin', we discovered that, although the car had an "AUX" button, it didn't actually have an aux input. Gasp.

We went back inside and pushed the cobwebs back from my CD shelf and selected about ten discs. The car has a six disc changer so I loaded in all the CDs as we pulled out of the driveway. Then I hit the shuffle button. But the shuffle button would only shuffle one disc at a time. Gasp.

So, what did we do? We listened to ten CDs in full from start to finish. It was so last century...and it was pretty awesome. We stuck with some old favorite stand-by albums from our past since this whole trip was going to be steeped in nostalgia anyway. When I began making this same journey out into the nowheres of Maine with my friends, it was all about the cassette copy of albums. R.E.M.'s Chronic Town jumps out as a heavy rotator.

On this trip we listened to and sang along with:
XTC - English Settlement
Blur - Park Life
Freedy Johnston - This Perfect World
The Beatles - Revolver
Steely Dan - Aja
Simon and Garfunkle - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
An R.E.M. mix CD
A Harry Nilsson mix CD
Django Rheinhardt Collection
They Might Be Giants - Apollo 18

These great old records skipped across the green rolling roadsides of Vermont and New Hampshire and Maine, alongside the car, like they were old friends traveling with us. I like albums.

1 comment:

Rick M said...

I like listening to albums straight through as I do chores around the house. Thick As A Brick is excellent dishwashing music, as is We Are The Village Green Preservation Society and Welcome Interstate Managers. I usually can listen to these all the way through, because A) we are Luddites that own no dishwasher, and B) I tend to let the dishes pile up so I can enjoy at least one complete album as I wash them. As for vacuuming, nothing beats The Ramones.