The official first day of summer. Bring on the humidity. Who needs to drink water when you can just drink in the air?
Confession: while I consider myself a musician and possess a degree in music, I don’t really keep up
with or listen to music all that much. I listen to NPR
more than I do a music radio station, both at home and in my car, and
if I’m trying to read or focus on a conversation while music plays, I am
completely distracted – music requires my complete attention.
As I contemplate graduate school
options, do I really want another degree in music? If not, what else am
I interested in, or qualified enough to study? Maybe my hesitancy
springs from being out of the loop. Maybe it’s because I live in a
community that isn’t exactly a hub of musical
outlets or opportunities. Maybe, though I survived, it’s because I
so well in Music History and has thus scarred my outlook on studying
classical or contemporary music.
When it comes to knowing what is popular I don’t intentionally avoid learning more about new
artists, albums, genres, et.al, but as a rule of thumb I stick to what
is familiar. On the rare occasion that I purchase a new CD, it’s usually one
that comes from the suggestion of a
friend, plus generally trying to purchase something that’s been out
long enough for me to know if it’s a
flash in the pan or not. However, thanks to Rock mentioning it in one of his recent posts, today I checked out Pandora
and I think it’s neat. I’ve established a handful of playlists: Top
Pop, Country & Bluegrass, and the Great White Way. Based on what
artists or songs I enjoy, it will take my preferences and branch out to
similar suggestions, which I can take or leave. While it doesn’t answer the larger question of my future
educational or life pursuits, it’s free online musical entertainment I can enjoy. And you can’t beat the
price of free.
Milestone: this morning I finished reading my 30th book since the
beginning of 2006. I’m on pace to read at least 50. Am I a bookworm? Oh yes I am.