“It was a beautiful song, but it ran too long. If you’re gonna have a hit you gotta make it fit, so they cut it down to 3:05.”
The quote here comes not from today’s song, but rather from Billy Joel’s, “The Entertainer.” One thing that becomes clear when you sort music by time is the way that shorter songs were favored back in the “good old days” because they were seen to be more radio friendly. It seems a bit ironic that in a world where we are often told that our attention spans are dwindling to 140 characters, the average songs seem to be getting longer. Maybe there’s a disconnect between reading and other forms of information intake (listening/watching), but looking at the way my library sorts out, there’s a distinct concentration of older music at the shorter times. In fact, over the next week (starting today), five of the seven songs predate my birth and only one comes from the last 15 years… at least based on the current plan. The following two weeks have similar release date breakdowns, so if you’re a fan of the oldies now is the time to be tuning in!