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Random Music In My New Car

Image used under a Collective Commons License from thing that I love about my new car, which I have had for almost two months now, is that I can play random music tracks in it.

By “random” I don’t mean completely random, but since I don’t know what song is coming next, it might as well be.

On my old car, which was 15 years old, I only had the FM radio and CD player. No Bluetooth or Auxiliary input, so I was very limited in what I could listen to in the car.

Now, since I have USB ports in the car, I have my whole music collection ripped from CD onto MP3 and copied to a 64BG Flash Drive, so I can listen to anything that I want in the car, which is great, especially on a journey or when there is nothing decent on the radio.

What I have decided to do, is to play every song in alphabetical order, and to listen to every one, no matter what it is and whether I like it or not. For the first time around at least, that’s my plan. Since I have thousands of songs in my music collection, I quite expect it to take me all year, maybe even longer, to get through them all. It’s been almost a month since I completed my copy onto the flash drive, and I am just now coming to the end of the “A’s”, the last song that started playing as I got to work today being “Ayer” by Juan Luis Guerra Y 4:40.

The problem is, however, that like most people’s music collections, there are those CD’s and songs as well, that you listened to just once, maybe 10 or 20 years ago even, didn’t really like them and haven’t listened to them since then.

Well, I am definitely one of those people, and probably 20% of my music collection consists of albums or tracks that I haven’t heard in years and years. So, in reality, by listening to my music in alphabetical order of song, I am pretty much unaware of what’s going to play next.

This morning it was really weird coming to work. It’s mid-January, I had 3 versions of “Ave Maria” to listen to (from various compilation albums), followed by “Away In A Manger” on an old Country Christmas CD. All of which stuff I wouldn’t usually listen to, just on CD’s that have been gathering dust for a number of years.

I wonder how many more songs are to go before I get to the “B’s” and then what surprises are in store I wonder?

One thing is for sure, I’m not going to look in advance and spoil the surprise, but I may be in for a few frustrating drives to and from work.

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