Tuesday, September 23, 2008

An idea that didn't quite make the grade

Earlier this month, you could play the “William Tell Overture” – the theme song of “The Lone Ranger” – by driving over a specially grooved road in Lancaster, Calif.

A car company commissioned the work for one of its commercials, but the idea hit a sour note with neighbors. City officials, perhaps fearing that these townspeople would get some silver bullets and take the law into their own hands, agreed to repave the road.

Before I heard about this, I didn’t know that you could, in effect, turn a road into a vinyl record. (Remember when “vinyl record” was a redundancy?)

Maybe this technology could be used at other locations, with appropriate selections, to create the musical equivalent of road signs.

Jan and Dean’s “Dead Man’s Curve” could warn you that a major construction site is just around the bend.

The opening music from “Dragnet” could tip you off to a speed trap.

And if you heard the theme from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” you’d be sure to avoid that next intersection, the one with the 53-car funeral procession.

Hmm. Perhaps I should put this project out to bid.

Or, more likely, to bed.

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