The problem of Unidentified Compact Discs (UCDs) is a real one in this office (and, I suspect, other media offices as well): what to do about CDs that have been removed from their case for playing and now cannot be matched to their original jewel cases?
The pros like to put elegant/cutting edge/cool art on the CD proper, no doubt because they are still trying to produce packages to rival the best of the LP era, even with the severely limited space available on a CD and case. Art lives! Until, that is, the CD, along with three or four others, gets into the changer, while the case is casually tossed into the pile of other CDs waiting for review. Some time later, perhaps hours, perhaps days, that CD is removed from the changer to be put back with the case and related packaging, perhaps even to be reviewed.
But which case? Who released the CD? The art, while colorful and interesting, contains no clues. Not one. No name. No song list. Not even a title. I've taken magnifying glasses to them, trying to figure out whose it is.
You can see (or rather, can't see) what the problem is. My suggestion to all those aspiring (and professional) performers out there: label that CD, if only around the outside or inside edge. It might save that CD.
If you think otherwise, watch me while I drop several UCDs in the round file. And, oh, yes, thanks for the extra jewel cases.
• The Louisville Chorus is holding ongoing auditions for singers in all sections but especially tenors and basses. For details, call 502-968-6300 or email TheLouisvilleChorus@flyinghands.com
• On August 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Actors Theatre will hold auditions for roles for children aged seven to twelve for the annual production of A Christmas Carol. General auditions for teens 13-18 and adults who have not auditioned in the last two years will be held on August 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For general audition guidelines, visit www.actorstheatre.org.
• Word comes from the publicist that Five.Bolt.Main will head into the studio in August to begin work on a new album set for release in early 2007. Chris Henderson, guitarist for 3 Doors Down, will .produce.