Pet Please #140: The Ability to Clip Songs That Overstay Their Welcome

Some of my greatest pet pleases stem from pet peeves. This is one of those.

One of my favorite bands is Typhoon. Most of their songs are the perfect length–they build to a crescendo and then end around the 5-minute mark.

But CPR / Claws Pt. 2 is a little different. It’s a 3-and-a-half minute song that lasts 7 minutes due to an extended instrumental section at the end.

Now, maybe there are people who like extended instrumentals. I get that this is my personal preference, but I’m not a fan. I just want the song to end so I can either listen to it again or move on to a new song.

Fortunately, iTunes has a wonderful solution for this. If you right-click on a song, choose “get info,” and select the “options” tab, you can change the start and stop times for a song down to a hundredth of a second.

Perhaps Typhoon really wants me to hear that instrumental, but hopefully they’re okay with their fans clipping songs in this way.

Do you like extended instrumentals? Or do you also have some favorite songs you clip?


2 Responses to “Pet Please #140: The Ability to Clip Songs That Overstay Their Welcome”

  1. I feel like this is a tiny bit disrespectful to a band or musician. To not listen to a song as it was intended to be listened to is almost like saying “You think all this extra musicianship made sense when you were recording this song, but I’ll just listen to my own personal edit of it”. Maybe it’s because I grew up listening to bands that would notoriously release whole vinyls worth of extended mixes. Also, in my search for even more elaborate albums, I discovered a ton of Tangerine Dream 70’s material and some very amazing albums from Pink Floyd where a song would last the whole side of a vinyl (“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (Pts. 1-7), “Echoes”, “Dogs”). I understand that the present day reality has led to mash-ups and music for people with very short attention spans, but I just am a dinosaur when it comes to enjoying music as it was redorded.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      I thought about mentioning that when I wrote this post, as if someone said they only play each of my games halfway through, I might be a little annoyed that they weren’t getting the full experience. But then I realized that if a group is more entertained by only playing half of Viticulture, Euphoria, or Scythe, I’m happy for them. I think many entertainers feel the same way unless there’s a lot of ego involved. 🙂

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