I have to admit that I don't just sit and really
listen to music anymore. When I was young, I could listen...heck...absorb
...myself into an album, but I don't seem to have the time, the quiet house or, frankly, the attention span anymore. My mind wanders to all the things I need to get done..
Well, the wife is away this week and I decided I wasn't
going to have a 16-hour work day today.
For the past year (literally!) I've had my TiVo recording a series called "Classic Albums" as episodes aired here and there. I became interested when I caught an episode on the Who's "Who's Next" album and I loved it. They interviewed band members, engineers, music writers, etc... and broke the album down song by song, and then sometimes track by track...as in: "this is Keith Moon's drum track solo'd on the mixer, and now this is a subtle acoustic guitar that was mixed in...and here's what it sounds like with it's full guitar tracks...etc..etc... I found the program amazingly interesting and educational.
Well, I've got 18 episodes at the moment, and finally decided to do a bit of what I had always planned: Watching an episode on a particular recording that I have, and then following that up with a critical listening session of the recording itself.
So tonight, I started with what's probably my long-time favorite album: Aja.
I have to say, I have this system on a lot
... but always in the background while I'm doing other things.
Doing this tonight reminded me how much I used to love music and how much it meant to me before life got too busy for it. It also reminded me that my M60s are really, really
, good speakers and that I should stop taking them for granted.
And Zimm, despite my small room and efficient speakers, I'm craving an external amp for the volume I'm enjoying...
I think tomorrow night it'll be Deep Purple, Machine Head in that it was one of the first albums I bought as a kid, and I have an amazing, reference-quality 25th anniversary remix CD to listen to afterward.
If you're not familiar with the series, it's worth seeking out!