One day I was giving my flatmate a lift across town and a 1960's mod mix was playing quite happily, we were cruising along just fine and all of a sudden, mid song, the CD ejects. Both of us looked at the radio and then at each other and shrugged. She pushed the CD back in the slot but the car just wasn't having any of it. More recently the car has taken to thinking about it for a bit before she plays, so the result is that I'll be going along for a few minutes convinced there will be no music when suddenly it starts up, usually mid song, and scares the living daylights out of me! And let's face it, you don't want to be jumping a foot in the air while driving.
So today, I was driving back from the class I teach on a Tuesday night, it was dark, a bit chilly, the weather is turning now for sure. I tried a few discs before I set off, but the car wasn't playing nice so I just had them on the seat next to me and tried each of them a few times when I was at the traffic lights and such like. I honestly went through all of them at least twice and in the end I didn't even know what I was putting in there, I was just trying random CDs to see if she would play anything, anything at all. Anyway, after what seemed like an aeon, but was probably only about 10 minutes, the car could see that I was just going to keep trying discs, so finally suddenly she obliged with a bit of Van Morrison. A few minutes from home there was some splendid lightning, and by the time I was on the home stretch it had started raining. A few minutes from home the rain suddenly started tipping it down, which was about the time 'And It Stoned Me' came on.... oh the water, oh the water indeed.
I have gotten a CD head cleaner type thing to see if it all just needs a good clean. There's part of me that quite likes the idea of some serendipity, so it will be a shame to fix it. But on the other hand, those drives home are going to get darker and colder, and since I'm alone with no company, I'd quite like something to sing to at least. Here's hoping at least some of her whimsical ways continue.