The infinity rotation
I can't tell you how many times I've heard a song for the first time, liked it and played it to death. Here is Midnight Sunner Duffster with a guest column about what he calls the Infinity Rotation:
Do you ever hear a song that is so unbelievably awesome that you play it over and over and over again and you can never get sick of it? I mean ever.
That doesn't mean that you can listen to it incessantly for a week or two and then discard it because it's old. These are lifetime-adders. Songs that you will look to play and will have no problem playing years from now. Songs that you know exactly where they are on your iPod and probably go there first before you play anything else, unless there's some hot new album you've got to hear first, but you know once you get sick of that album you'll just go back to your old standards.
That seems to happen to me about once every three months. I'll add a new song to the lifetime list. I call it my "Infinity Rotation." ...
I had a recent Infinity song with Yeasayer's new single, "Ambling Alp," which is on their yet-to-be-released "Odd Blood." But you can't put that song in that upper echelon until some time has passed. Are you still going to one particular track first? Still, after a month? You need more listens, I think.
In my maybe 15 years of seriously listening to music that is not the stuff my dad listened to in the car – and from there about eight years of being a complete music nazi – I don't know how many songs I can say bear the "Infinity Rotation" standard. I can name a few for your enjoyment. In no particular order:
Talking Heads, "Nothing But Flowers"
Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road"
My Morning Jacket, "One Big Holiday"
The White Stripes (pictured), "My Doorbell"
Van Morrison, "Tupelo Honey" and "Caravan"
The Band, “The Weight”
The Strokes, "Reptilia"
Pearl Jam, "Release Me"
Smashing Pumpkins, "Snail"
James Taylor, "Carolina in My Mind"
Sublime, "Greatest Hits"
There are many others. I could go on.
So, I encourage you to post what would be on your Infinity Rotation in the comments. And, of course, disparage my taste in Infinity songs. Love them or hate them, I won’t ever stop listening.
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