Hello Strange Coincidence!

Something strange happened to me today. Because I live in a townhouse of sorts, I can often hear distant noises emanating from adjacent dwellings. Several times, for instance, I've heard some anonymous German practicing "The Kids Aren't Alright" by The Offspring, particularly the throaty guitar lick that starts about twenty seconds in. Perhaps a little odd, but it barely meets the minimum interest quotient necessary to qualify as suitable cocktail party fodder.

Today's occurrence however, was just a little bit more peculiar. This evening after returning home from a particularly laborious day I was seated at my desk eating some leftover pasta and browsing the internet. At some point I noticed the mellow sounds of some piano sonata by Beethoven drifting up from the rather large sound system of my host downstairs. The music quickly faded into the background of my mind and I hardly noticed when a new recording began being played. Soon enough, however, the notes began sounding their way into the fore of my consciousness and I realized the melody the notes were forming was quite familiar--in fact, it was the melody of song I had on my iPod. Still somewhat distracted, my first thought was that I had inadvertently starting playing the song in my iTunes library, but I quickly realized that the the song was not coming from my computer. Still, I wondered, why would my host have a recording with a same song as me?

But just then, the piano player made a mistake and briefly stopped before continuing on again. It wasn't a recording after all, but someone playing in the adjacent house probably no more than five meters from where I was sitting. And then, the final realization came: the song that was being played was from the soundtrack to Goodbye Lenin!, a successful German film that came out a few years ago and whose music I enjoy much (and do indeed have on my iPod). Now, it would have been enough for the day if that had been the end of it, but as astute readers may have already realized, the song I chose to accompany the "Morning Journey" video posted below is from the same soundtrack as the one that was being played just a few steps away!

I have four main theories to explain this event:

  1. Pure coincidence.
  2. Anonymous German Piano Player Person heard the song playing over and over as I was editing the video and figured I was a Yann Tiersen fan. Playing another one of his works was a fun way of saying hello.
  3. Anonymous German Piano Player Person heard the song playing over and over as I was editing the video and figured that playing an unmistakably similar piece when I was sure to be home would be a polite way of letting me know that I was being too loud.
  4. Anonymous German Piano Player Person heard the song playing over and over as I was editing the video and figured that playing an unmistakably similar piece when I was sure to be home would clue me in on the fact that the walls are not as thick as I think they are and that Anonymous Germany Piano Player Person can hear a lot of what goes on in my flat, including when I talk to myself.

Surreal, to say the least.