I have a bit of a quandary.
Regular Inkstain readers will know of my podGoober Project, wherein I load all music I own into my new Portable Music Device, in the process listening to everything. I’m pretty close to completing it – down to the last few CDs, and a pretty marginal group it is. There are a couple of CDs that will not cross the podGoober’s electronic threshold, including a monstrously bad recording of Rhapsody in Blue that I picked up cheap in the used bin at Page One Too. It clearly was there for a reason. I must find a good recording of RiB (suggestions welcome – the opening clarinet run is one of life’s great pleasures, and belongs on my podGoober) but the two times I listened to the bad one it just pissed me off.
The real dilemma involves Alvin and the Chipmunks. What are my ethical obligations to them?