Monday, August 31, 2015

Awesome, what are you listening to?

When I was a kid, one of my favorite pastimes was listening to music. Seriously, whenever a friend would call and ask what I was up to, more often that not I would say, “Listening to music.” and the response would invariable be, “Awesome, what are you listening to?” and the conversation would go from there. It seems as though listening to music as a ‘thing’ has lost its way. I’m noticing more and more these days that music has been relegated to background noise while cooking or cleaning or working.
That extract is from an article on White Noise which echoes sentiments that have been expressed On An Overgrown Path in the past, and which chime with recent musings on changing the way we listen. My current foreground listening includes Decca's retrospective Neville Marriner & The Academy of St Martin in the Fields: the Argo Years. Many of these legendary recordings are familiar to me from their original LP release, and all I can say after auditioning the twenty-eight CD transfers is - awesome, what are you listening to?

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Michael Strickland said...

Just listened to a YouTube version of Bax's 1929 Sonata for Two Pianos for the first time in preparation for hearing it live. The recorded version and the live performance didn't even sound like the same piece, but they were, and it made me want to listen to more Bax.

The next listening project is to get reacquainted with Verdi's "Luisa Miller" in anticipation of a live performance at the opera house across the street in a couple of weeks. Listening to music is fun, and yes, occasionally awesome.

Jorge Birrueta said...

Roberto Sierra's Sonata No. 1 for guitar, with the amazing Marcin Dylla on the instrument.