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.