Monday, January 23, 2017

The term "warped groove" is an old beatnik expression from the late 1950s.

The "beatnik" crowd was, among other things, really into hi-fi (high fidelity sound systems), and if someone bought a record with a defective groove the tone-arm would either skip ahead or get stuck and keep repeating the same groove over and over.  Hence, the expression "warped groove".

But it was also a metaphor for someone or something a bit "off", irrational, erratic and scatterbrained, nonsensical, extreme/radical to the point of absurdity, or just plain character defective.

When I think of the social climate as it is at present it's quite clear that this world we're existing in has quite a few warped grooves.

In fact, if each society was an individual LP record NONE of the tracks on ANY of these LPs would ever play all the way through, even on turntables whose tone-arms had the ultimate "zero-tracking error" features coupled with the best phono cartridges and brand-new styluses, as their grooves would be so warped they'd overlap one another so as to render each entire "LP" totally unplayable.

                       The above is my Musing For Today

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