|tunes for days...|
"There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment.
Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment.
To get the maximum you must
LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.
Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.
Take it home.
Get rid of all distractions, (even her or him).
Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles.
Make yourself comfortable.
Play your CD.
LISTEN all the way through.
Think about what you got.
Think about who would appreciate this investment.
Decide if there is someone to share this with.
Turn it on again.
I read those notes the first time I opened the CD and knew I needed to put them in this blog. I have not however listened to the album yet. I bought that disc a while back and read that (it's on the back cover of the booklet if you're wondering) and with instructions like that I want to make sure I give it a proper first listen. It is how I feel about this blog so I hope some of that comes across when you're reading. I do listen to a lot of music in the car as I am frequently in mine and it gives me a chunk of time to get through an album fairly uninterrupted. I try to focus as much as possible when doing these reviews on the album at hand but occasionally the mind does wander or I get distracted by something else. Despite having a more free time than most putting aside an hour or two to just listen to music without doing anything else (some of the ways I multitask while listening to music include reading, watching the game with the sound down, or paying bills) really does become hard to do in this day and age. I know I don't plan on not listening/writing for months at a time but it has happened several times over the last few years. I'm hoping to avoid lapses of more than a week or so but my schedule is fairly fluid. I spent most of the summer working full time and then some on a political convention. I thought there'd be more free time but it didn't work out that way. I'm not here to discuss politics but now that I'm back I thought something patriotic would be appropriate for the next review. So coming soon will be a review of the self-titled album of The United States Of America followed by "Midnight Ride" by Paul Revere And The Raiders. Then I hope to get into a Week Of Wonder and give the four Stevie Wonder albums on the list a spin. As always that is subject to change but that's what's on top of the blogpile right now. I might try to squeeze a jazz entry or a Must 'ear in there somewhere too. As always thanks for reading and feel free to comment here or follow on facebook or twitter.