Random is scary! If you've ever shuffled songs on your iPod, you've probably noticed some amazing coincidences and connections between songs.
I was playing some new music by She & Him, the new project by M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. They originally got together to record the Richard and Linda Thompson song "When I Get to the Border" for a film. (Anyone know what film?) It's a song originally from the greatest folk rock album ever made, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight.
When the song from She & Him ended, my iPod shuffled to "Calvary Cross," which is the best song on I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight.
Did my iPod intentionally make the connection between She and Him and the Richard and Linda Thompson song? Or was it just a coincidence?
I told this story to Chris Walla the other day. He was recording a new song for our feature called "Project Song." He believes iPods know to make the connections between songs, that it isn't something entirely random.
I wonder. Dylan had a great line: "take what you gather from coincidence" and I do.
I have, in my life, gone back and forth about the Kennedy assassination for example, and all the oddities that surround it.
I used to find myself saying "that can't just be coincidence." But since I started shuffling my songs I know it can.