Musical odities - The Seventh Sojourn

Posted on September 3, 2008

Last night, for the first time ever, I played side B of the “Seventh Sojourn” LP.

I’ve known this record for ages and I’ve heard side A countless times, but whenever that side finishes playing and I go over to the record player to flip the record over, I always think “well… let me just listen to this side one more time, and then I’ll listen to side B” and instead I’ll play that same side again. And this process is repeated until it is too late and I have to stop listening altogether and go do something else (usually sleep).

Why does this happen? I have no clue, all I know is that ever since I’ve listened to this record for the first time I loved it so much that I just had to listen to it over and over again –always on the same side!
Yes, this is really weird and I can’t really explain it, and it only happens with this particular record, but there you have it. As time went by the habit became so ingrained that I now regard it as an amusing oddity and think nothing more of it.

Anyway, yesterday I left it up to a friend to choose a record to spin while we were all chatting before dinner was ready and, lo and behold, he chose this one! Which was thrilling because when side A finished playing I got up, went over to the record player and flipped it over to side B. Yay!

Now if only we hadn’t been so engrossed in conversation I could have actually listened to it… Alas, as it was, side B of “Seventh Sojournwas played in my turntable, but I didn’t really listen to it.

Oh well, baby steps. I’ll get there eventually.