i was listening to the books‘s the lemon of pink on the way to work this morning, for the first time. on a track called “take time,” a sampled voice starts saying “a time and a time and a time and a time…” over and over.
it’s admittedly part of the fun of this band, that they find all these obscure samples of voices saying the strangest things. i think you’re supposed to marvel at their resourcefulness and the depth of their sample pool. with this particular snippet, it was obvious that they hadn’t just looped the voice– from the minute variations in tone and the natural rhythm of the speech it was evident that this speaker had actually repeated the words “and a time” over and over. i thought to myself, “wow! why did this person say this, record himself saying this? and how on earth did the books find it?”
and then, later, i heard the same voice intone, “and there is nothing new under the sun,” and i instantly realized that the books had (perhaps even more amazingly) made a very, very clean edit of the “seasons” passage from ecclesiastes, cutting all the words except the “time” references: “a time to be born and a time to die…”
highly trivial, but these small pleasures make life interesting.