[Dixielandjazz] so many minutes O'Silence
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Tue Jun 1 04:58:00 PDT 2010
In a message dated 6/1/2010 1:10:07 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
jazzmin at actcom.net.il writes:
Given current trends in ... uh ... music, there are many bands out there
who I wish would add more silence to their repertoire.
Here's a story from the early days of rock and roll in America, when
the music was truly bad. Back when some of the guitar players sometimes
couldn't even get their own guitar's six strings in tune! (I've told this to
a lot of people my age, and almost no one remembers the situation.)
It was back in the days of juke box music players in restaurants,
coffee shops, etc -- 45 rpm records at 5¢ per play or 25¢ for six plays. A 45
record was released with a silent track on each side. You could put your
5¢ in the juke box and have a blessed three minutes of no rock and roll.
I read about it in a magazine article and soon thereafter ran across a
juke box in northern New Jersey with that "recording." I played it, and
it really did play three minutes of silence.
Did any other of you senior citizens ever run across those silent
Another bit of juke box trivia: Another time, I put 25¢ in a juke
box, selected five sides to play, couldn't find a sixth side I wanted to hear,
and pushed the buttons for a second play of a Louis Armstrong side that I
had already selected. The box played the five different sides I had
selected and then went silent, not playing the Louis side a second time!
A bit of thought made me realize that no matter how many different
people put a nickel into the remote selector head at their table, the song
would play only once, thereby satisfying all customers ... and making a tidy
profit for the amusement company.
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