"Hi Pat! Thanks so much for the mixtape. I appreciate you remembering my birthday."
"Glad you enjoyed it! The travel industry has been slow, so I've really been getting back into my music collection."
"So, not to be ungrateful, but I think you sent me the wrong case. Are you working on some sort of mashup or medley compilation? Because some of those blends are going to take a LOT of skill to mix!"
"No, it was the right case."
"C'mon Pat, the title is "You" [Chris Young]/"Roll Over D.J." [Jet]. I don't know HOW you'd mash those two songs up, but you have to admit that's a weird title for a mixtape...unless...oh, this is another puzzle, isn't it?"
Thanks, Pat. Good thing Pat isn't a lawyer too, or it would take my kids 20 years just to decipher my will. I'm getting too old for this, so can you please help figure out the actual songlist, and what Pat's shenanigans are?
First, here's the song listing as Pat printed it:
- "At Last" [Etta James]/"6/10" [Dodie]
- "Like a Stone" [Audioslave]/"Number One" [Chaka Khan]
- "Empty Plane" [Dar Williams]/"From the Ghetto" [Dread Flimstone & The Modern Tone Age Family]/"Just One Fix" [Ministry]
- "Note to Self" [Jake Bugg]/"Count the Days" [Inez & Charlie Foxx]
- "Rise And Shine" [The Cardigans]/"Tree Tops" [Eisley]/"Over and Over and Over" [Jack White]
- "Goddess on the Prairie" [Hot Hot Heat]/"Third Swan" [King Creosote & Jon Hopkins]/"Halfway to Heaven" [Europe]
- "Talk" [Coldplay]/"True Blue" [Madonna]/"Some Kind of Bliss" [Kylie Minogue]
- "City Electric" [Anberlin]/"Ol' Red" [Blake Shelton]/"Commotion" [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
- "Zero Zero One" [Adrian Sherwood]/"After All" [Al Jarreau]/"Head Alone" [Julia Jacklin]/"Penny Lane" [The Beatles]/"Jet" [Wings]
- "Goin' Crazy" [Natalie]/"I'm Too Sexy" [Right Said Fred]/"Alcohaulin' Ass" [Hellyeah]
- "Some Change" [Boz Scaggs]/"Top Back" [T.I.]/"Cara Mia" [Jay & The Americans]/"Car Wash" [Rose Royce]/"The Cradle of Humankind" [Flogging Molly]
Second, I had the songs on shuffle play, and I've never been very good knowing song titles, so all I have about the actual contents of the disc are the bands whose songs I heard. I've listed them in alphabetical order, but I have no idea how this corresponds to Pat's listing:
- The B-52s
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark
- Pink Floyd
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Steely Dan
- Stevie Wonder
- System of a Down
- The Who
FootnoteFor those of you who have never listened to music on a medium where the songs are burned in a linear physical order, shuffle play was a feature to play the songs in a "random" order; sorry for the pedantry, but I once had to explain to my kids why an album had "sides".
Some important information in Pat's songlist may seem irrelevant, and some irrelevant information in Pat's songlist may seem important.
Yay. Today, Pat sent me another disc, with the note "One song that wouldn't fit on the last disc!" The title of the song that Pat has listed is:
12. "Amazing" [Aerosmith]/"It's Over" [John Legend]/"Turn It On" [Franz Ferdinand]/"Legend" [Twenty One Pilots]
I listened, and I know it's another Stevie Wonder song, but I can't remember the name.
Another note from Pat: "Hey, I know how much you love Rush, so here's another continuation for your mixtape!" Included with the note is a disc with the following inconceivable title for a single song:
13. "Circus" [Britney Spears]/"Over Me" [Lisa Marie Presley]/"Holding on to Heaven" [Nickelback]/"Dweller On The Threshold" [Van Morrison]/"For America" [Jackson Browne]/"And Now" [Della Reese]/"Cotton Heads" [Caravan Palace]/"The Shape I'm In" [The Band]
Nickelback, Pat? Nickelback? I didn't even have the heart to listen, much as I love Rush.
The artists given in the song list are for colour only. Any song in the listing could be replaced by any cover version without changing the puzzle. However, the artist list for the actual contents of the disc are significant.