Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The musical wall

One of the benefits of working quietly in a windowless cube is that I get to put on my headphones and listen to my music, pretty much continuously, eight-and-a-half hours per day, if I so choose. With my iTunes collection approaching 3,000 songs, there’s typically something I feel like listening to, or I can simply hit shuffle and let the computer do the work.

Today, however, as occasionally happens, I hit the musical wall. I scrolled up and down my library, and not one blessed note was there that I wanted to listen to. Replacements, Ramones, Pulp, Miles Davis, way too much Grateful Dead that I had downloaded on the off chance that I someday would feel like listening to way too much Grateful Dead. Punk, jazz, classic rock, Britpop, rap, reggae, even some country stragglers. Nothing. I just stared blank-eyed at it all and was not moved.

Maybe it’s just the brain’s way of telling me we could all use a little quiet now and again. Or maybe it’s that there is something out there that I have enver heard before that will fill me with such musical astoundishment that the angels singing at the Pearly Gates will pale in comparison.

I’m open to suggestions.


Blogger Jazz said...

As a proponent of the silence option, I'd say give your brain a rest once in a while

5:11 PM  
Blogger endangered coffee said...

Ohh, don't worry. My brain gets lots of rest.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Suldog said...

Have you heard Brian Setzer's classical album, Wolfgang's Big Night Out? Great big-band treatments of popular classics. Superb drumming.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Suldog said...

Oh, I did a review of it, should you want detail.

11:53 AM  
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8:42 AM  

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