Monday, June 17, 2013

"You Never Know What You're Gonna Get."

Today, I went to the thrift shop nearby my house.  Usually I look for books.  But today was different.  I couldn't find any books I was willing to read, so I went to the second most interesting part of the thrift store, the CD section.  Most of the time, I find some good CDs by artist that I used to listen to on the radio as a little kid.  For example, I found Radio Disney Jams Volume 5.  There was Hillary Duff, Play, and the Beau Sisters.  I haven't heard these songs in forever.

Then, I spotted something interesting.  There were a bunch of CDs without a case, and there was writing all over them.  I realized, someone else burned these CDs and made a mix of a bunch of different songs.  I was so...taken by them...that I just had to have them.  It was a risk, but I couldn't help myself.  I bought maybe 4 of these CDs, took them home, and listened to them.  It was all a mystery to me.  I didn't know what to expect.  I felt so relieved when the first song came on, and I instantly recognized it.  I knew there would be a whole array of songs that I could listen to on these CDs.

Because I was so excited about the first 4 CDs, I decided to go back to the thrift store and buy a few more. In fact, I bought 6 more.  And I repeated the process, and found myself loving every second.  I loved the idea of not knowing what I was gonna get.


Sorry, I know the lighting is really bad.  But I listened to all of the songs on the CD and I noticed that the mix of songs was SUPER diverse.  Like I'll hear Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Lil Jon, Soulja Boy, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, N*SYNC, Fergie, the person who wrote Milkshake, Pussycat Dolls, and basically anything.  It ranged from girly to hip hop/ rap.  

Strangely, I found myself analyzing the whole thing.  "So the person who made these CDs loves music.  They love different styles of music.  They love songs I have NEVER heard of before and a lot that I did like.  And based on what they wrote on the CD, they loved to have fun.  

So, I gave myself an idea.  Throughout the summer, I think it would be a cool idea to search the thrift store for used journals, old CD mixes, or anything that might tell me the story of another person.  I have no clue who these people are, but in someway, I'll find something out about them.  After listening to all of the CDs, I have an idea of what that person was like.  I am very excited to explore.

Hey, life is like a pile of self-burned never know what you're gonna get.   


Anonymous said...

This is so cool, I think it's really interesting that all the songs were very diverse; and I really like your idea! :)

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

Bubbly and Bookish said...

Thank you! I'm really glad that I've found inspiration through these CDs :)

BookSmartie said...

I. Love. This. Story. Seriously, if this was a book, I'd love it to death. You know, you'd find that the person behind the CDs lives next door and you guys would become a couple and then he'd had to move halfway across the country and at first you'd think that was just it, but eventually you'd follow him 'cause you realized you're meant to be together....
Or, you know, something along those lines... :)

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