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October 5th, 2004

Listening to Music

Most of us listen to music frequently throughout our days… on the radio in the car, at work, while doing dishes, while exercising, but all of those things make music the background activity. Sure, you may be hearing the words and singing along, but when was the last time you really just listened to music, when you were doing absolutely nothing else? When was the last time you took turned on some music, sat down and just… listened?

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FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 10:47:16 am
College--before I realized that if I spent as much time just listening to music as I did studying, I might get some where with my grades. It was a difficult change to make--sort of like breaking an addiction. Since then, music has taken a reluctant back seat--maybe even relegated to the trunk; the last cds I bought many years ago remain only half listened to. I've got a few favorites, but they only get listened to when house cleaning or repairing the car (two things that don't happen often anymore). I don't remember lyrics anymore. I don't find myself interested much in modern pop music anyway. Since car stereos are so loud now, I hear a lot more than I would care to in the first place. I knew I gave up when the latest car I got didn't even have a cassette player--just AM/FM and it's been well over a year and I still haven't replaced it. I remember when my car used to swim with cassettes and music was life. You're just trying to make me feel bad today, aren't you?

FROM: cate
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 11:24:17 am
People don't listen to music anymore because of all the crap that is passed off as music these days - You hear it on tv, you hear it in the mall, you hear it on the radio, and it's a good song, it's catchy, it's poppy, it's fun - Then you buy the cd and *really* listen to it and you realize that it's the same cd you've bought 5 times, just with a new 17 year old on the cover.

I'll start listening to music for the sake of listening once someone starts releasing music that's worth listening to - until that time, I'll just keep the cd on low and keep one earbud in my ear at work to drown out the ambient office noise.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 12:00:50 pm
I'll start listening to music for the sake of listening once someone starts releasing music that's worth listening to

All you've gotta do is look around a bit. There's so much good music out there, just don't rely on the radio to bring it to you.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 3:45:13 pm
All you've gotta do is look around a bit. There's so much good music out there, just don't rely on the radio to bring it to you.

amen, brother.

FROM: Koji
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 4:37:02 pm
Jezz, Joseph! Pull yourself up.

Try Chingon or Supergenerous.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 5:10:22 pm
Not music as such, but this weekend I pulled out some of my Bill Hicks albums and listened to them as I sat in my chair and did nothing else. I'm not very patient so moments like that don't come often.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday October 5, 2004 -- 5:53:39 pm
I know. But the thing is, I'm still wondering why cds are so expensive. When vinyl went out of mainstream production, new LPs were 12.99. Cds debuted at $16.99. The record companies said that the prices would come down once volume production and the scales of economy brought the prices down. Cds are now so cheap, how many AOL cds can you throw away in a month? But new cds are now over $20. The music industry blames napster for weakening cd sales with free music flying around the net. Well, I think the music industry is suffering from its own poison--cds are still too expensive. Not to change the subject, or anything. But if low cd sales were to blame, wouldn't there be less and less quadruple platinum albums out there? I mean whether an album goes gold or platinum depends on sales and it seems like everyone's got gold and platinum cds these days. I think part of the reason I stopped listening is because the music industry also stopped listening. Whatever happened to I.R.S. Records? Whatever happened to Wax Trax?

Oh well, maybe the reason I stopped listening is the conventional one: I'm too old.

Interestingly, however, I never listened to Zeppelin before--ever. I avoided them like the plague, just because everyone's crazy about LZ. There's a classic radio station around here that plays Zeppelin like they were new. If you have a nice AM/FM with no cassette or cd (or 8 track), you might find that the Zeppelin rocks. The new MINI seems to like Zeppelin, too. Maybe I'll buy some Led Zeppelin and see if I still can't just sit and listen.

Don't expect me to start back to old hobbies with Justin T. now do you?

FROM: redgotee1206
DATE: Wednesday October 6, 2004 -- 9:38:36 am
One of my favorite bands of last decade, who had since become a "whatever happened to..." cliche just released a brand new album yesterday... Helmet. I bought it on my lunchbreak and wait patiently until I got home (cuz if your familiar with Helmet you know its not cube-farm-friendly) to listen to it. And that's just what I did when I got home. I sat in my basement and just listened. It felt so good to do nothing but sit and listen to that album. Actually, I try to do this whenever I can - which usually ends up about once or twice a month.

I find the LZ comments above somewhat ironic... when I was in high school, i was the ultimate Classic Rock fan, sucking up all the Led Zepplin, The Who, and Pink Floyd I could wrap my ears around. I had long since left them all behind for other genre's of music, like the Alternative stuff from the early 90's (the Cure, Souixsie and the Banshees), the grunge stuff (Pearl Jam, Nirvana), and I even like some rap music (believe it or not, there is interesting and worthwhile rap music out there - it's not all b!tches and Ho's and money). Anyway, i digress, I recently borrowed some LZ albums from my mom (of all people) and listened to them again. I really forgot how good those guys really are. Now I'm going thru sort of a revival phase, going back to 'find my musical roots' as it were.

My musical tastes defintely vary and the coolest thing about music, for me anyway, is that it takes me somewhere - somewhere that helps me forget where I am.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 6, 2004 -- 9:40:46 am
Despite the fact I work in radio, it's been a long time since I've really been able to sit down and enjoy music. To be honest, I dunno if I'll ever enjoy it in the same way again. Before I started in this industry, I would listen to music, and think "Wow, that sounds good.." or "What a wicked guitar solo." Now, I end up thinking "Psh -- This song won't work on a lot of formats." or "They released this song? Poor choice." I can't seem to separate my job from the music anymore.

The only time I can really sit back and enjoy music is if I'm listening to either jazz or old-school Motown. For some reason, I forget everything and just relax...and actually like it.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday October 6, 2004 -- 10:47:50 am
Joseph --

But new cds are now over $20.

Really, though, when was the last time you saw a CD over $20 that wasn't an import or multiple-disc set? Even in the most expensive of stores, they're not that expensive. And will always be your friend otherwise.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday October 6, 2004 -- 12:30:06 pm
Maybe I should go to Best Buy

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