Monday, December 31, 2007

Fun with the Fab Four

Much as my sister's crock pot was a "delayed action" gift (one I'd had for awhile but didn't use until recently) I just found another gift that I'd forgotten about somewhat: A large collection of Beatles CDs that my brother made for me. I've enjoyed the Beatles' music for as long as I can remember, and a couple of years ago, when my brother mentioned that his own daughter had discovered the Lads from Liverpool, he also mentioned he had a rather large stash of Beatles' tunes.

"Gee," I said, "I'd like to hear that."

"I'll make you copies," he said.

I thought no more about it until sometime later when a largish package showed up in the mail bearing a rather complete sampling of the works of Messrs. John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

"Gee," I said, "I'll have to listen to those."

But by then, my musical tastes had moved in other directions and I was preoccupied with other things, so all those classic tunes got shoved to the back of the CD collection, where they were—as things shoved toward the back of anything unfortunately tend to be—largely forgotten. However, as I was looking for some background music for my sister's visit this weekend, I stumbled upon this treasure trove of blasts from the past. I also remembered the cool little feature on iTunes that will generate playlists automatically and create "jewel case" sized inserts with a track listing and clip art of your choice. Thanks to the good people at iTunes, those humdrum little discs now have custom artwork for their cases, and it's easier for me to tell what songs are on each one.

It's groovy, man!

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