“Have you heard this crazy song?” the driver said to us sitting in the backseat of his car.
He slowly turned up the volume and yelled “It’s pretty awesome!” For moment all I could hear was the familiar “duh duh duh duuuh” rhythm of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It took a moment for Kayne West’s “Gold Digger” to register. And as I listened further, I realized that I wasn’t listened to Beethoven’s classic wasn’t playing at all, but rather it was “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a less than favorite off of an otherwise great album, Saturday Night Fever.
The song concluded and our friend asked “Pretty cool, huh?”
Someone in the car responded “What was that?”
“A mashup,” came the simple answer, followed by “this station plays them all the time.”
And so it began.