30 January 2010

Flip-Side Metaphysics

A-side and B-side refer to the sides of 7-inch vinyl records, or singles, first released in the 1950s. The A-side had the featured song that the artist hoped would become a hit. vinyl single

The B-side, or flip-side, is the lesser song (that often does not appear on the artist's LP). Many of our most closely held assumptions have a flip-side. Derek Sivers inspired me to consider the flip-side in this short TED video.

The B-side, or flip-side, is not the lesser, simply different.


Derek Sivers, a professional musician and circus clown since 1987, is founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. I covet the title clown and would like to sneak it into my bio without the inconvenience of having to join the circus.

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