Talk about perfect timing. When I walked into our local convenience store on Saturday, the music immediately started to play: I don't want her, you can have her, she's too fat for me ... I laughed so hard, I'm sure the clerk considered kicking my keister to the curb. (very politely, of course.)
Okay, so I lied. That didn't actually happen, but if it HAD, I would've laughed. I mean, I may not actually be fat, but I do seem to have misplaced my waistline a couple years ago. (Now, I'm ... fluffy.)
Anyway, the thing is, I'm still intrigued with the idea of living life with a soundtrack. We had some fun with this topic a while ago, and some of you guys came up with excellent ideas as to what your theme songs should be. (My personal favorite was Delores's idea of the Hallelujah Chorus to signal her entrance.)
But even better than a theme song, what if life were a full-blown musical?
I mean, how cool would it be to have your very own back-up singers?
Oooh, wait. If I'm gonna have background singers, maybe THESE guys would be (ahem) better . . .
Hmm, the possibilities are endless.
And there'd never be a doubt when your significant other was feeling romantic. The music and dancing would be a dead giveaway.
Just think of it. If our politicians had to communicate their ideas to us through song and dance, how much more fun it'd be! Imagine what a session of Congress would look like! They'd be having FUN; we'd be having FUN; and who'd have time to wage wars and mayhem if everything had to be set to music and choreographed first?
(sigh) I know. Ain't gonna happen, but it's fun to think about, anyway. And I'd love to live it . . . for just one day.
Some writers listen to music as they write. Helps them get in the right mood. But what do you think about a book with its own soundtrack?
Honest to goodness, Jodi Picoult's latest book Sing you Home, an amazing tale about gay rights, reproductive science, and Christian extremists, comes complete with a soundtrack. Each book comes with its own CD of original songs. I mean, how cool is that? I must confess, I didn't actually listen to the CD until after I finished reading the book but still, it's an intriguing concept, isn't it?
And now, the next step: E-books with start-to-finish music, sound effects, and ambient sounds, intended to boost the reader's imagination and engagement. The soundtrack is even supposed to automatically pace itself to match the individual's reading pace.
Booktrack, a New York startup company launched less than two weeks ago, equates today's e-books to the old silent films. Sound revolutionized film; why not books? Their first full-length book release featuring soundtrack will be The Power of Six, a YA novel, to be followed by Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, and The Three Musketeers. This month and next, the short stories In the South, by Salman Rushdie, and Solace, by Jay McInerney, will be released. Currently, availability is limited, and can only be purchased through Apple's App Stores, but expansion into other formats is expected to come in future months.
So, whatcha think? Cost won't be terribly higher, with say, the soundtrack version of The Power of Six only expected to run three dollars more than the regular $9.99 e-version. Think you'd be interested in checking out this new technology?
Me, I dunno. I hate distractions when I'm reading, and a constant soundtrack may prove to be just that. Then again, given the opportunity, I may have to check it out . . . just for the experience.
(Cue Happy Trails to You and fade to black.)
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.