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July 13, 2007

Worn out music

Can you wear out your love for a song? When I first heard Golden Brown by the Stranglers, I adored everything about it – the quirky time signature, the unusual instrumentation, the vocal, the harmonies. I’d include it on my (age revealing) compilation tapes, and every time it came on in the car or on my (age revealing) walkman, I’d enjoy it over again.

But walking home today, when my iPod shuffled it, I listened to the first few seconds, and it didn’t do it for me any more; I skipped over it. Are songs like oranges, I wonder? Sweet and juicy to start with, but eventually, after a few plays, or a few dozen, or a few hundred, all the goodness is eventually sucked out of them and somehow it doesn’t work any more. And if that’s true, are some songs more prone to this than others? Perhaps one measure of quality for a song is how many plays it takes to suck the juice out of it. And could there be some songs which are infinitely juicy?


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