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Oeuvre, A1 throughout B6

When I was a kid – I define that period from the age 4 to 16 – I had a precise way to listen to albums. I would always start listening from the beginning of side A – we are talking about the age of compact cassette – and go through the end of side B, following the exact given order. I would never break this routine, as I believed that there was a reason why the artists put the songs in that sequence: if you’d start listening from A3, you might miss the beginning, like skipping the first 50 pages of a novel.   
 
It wasn’t that easy to consider an album as a novel, composed of songs that are entirely consistent when listened from A1 to B6, especially with pop
albums, where A1 was a song about falling in love followed by B2 about the breaking up.
 I
 would
 reckon
 that
 love
 must
 be
 far
 more 
complicated 
than 
I

imagined,
as 
the 
feelings 
were 
changing 
within
 the 
brief
 silence 
separating
 the
 songs.

 

You can read the entire text in Aslı Çavuşoğlu / Mercury in Retrograde printed by art-ist, 2012.

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