When you listen to recorded music, how do you do so?
One of the best things that you can do for your playing, (and really, for your soul!) is to listen to good music, played by an artist, recorded well. Of course it is great to hear it live, but for this vote I'm talking about the rich choices we have in recorded music.
When I was in college, I actually worked at the school's Listening Library, a quiet room, in a gorgeous building with stained glass windows, where people came to sit in little cubicles and listen mostly to old vinyl LPs over big headphones. Because the records were old, only we library workers could handle them, placing the needle down where each listener wanted on any particular record. One of the oldest LPs we had was Rachmaninov playing Rachmaninov - holding this record felt like holding a piece of the past. And of course the great advantage of my "job" was that I got to listen to whatever I wanted to, in this vast library, for hours at a time.
Life is not like this for me now! I barely seem to have time to catch part of a movement of a concerto, on a computer with pretty lame speakers. My best chance for a good long listen is usually in the car, if I think well enough in advance to cue up something on my phone or bring along a CD (one of our cars can still do that). Robert also recently got me an actual speaker, which has the unusual capacity (for 2019) to play CDs as well as remotely access Spotify on my phone.
When it comes down to it, these days nearly everyone has access to a vast library, whether you access it over Youtube, Spotify, your own CD collection or iTunes library, etc.
When you listen to music these days, what is the medium you most frequently turn to? Do you listen in the car? Over speakers? On your phone with headphones? Mostly on the computer? Please choose whichever answer fits for when you have a good long listen, and then describe in the comments how you go about listening to music these days. Do you enjoy the way you are currently listening to music? Are you able to find time to listen to, say, an entire violin concerto? Do you wish you could listen more? Or maybe you listen more than you ever did? Have your listening habits changed as technology has evolved?
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