Have you been listening to more music, or to less, during these pandemic times?
Certainly the current situation has forced certain changes to our music-listening options. First of all, there are no more in-person concerts. But also, I've noticed less music out there in the "real world" - I've heard it in grocery stores, but there's no music at the coffee store when I occasionally pick up a latte, or at the restaurant when I get takeout. There aren't even any buskers at the weekly farmer's market!
Another place where I no longer hear much music: my car. Because I rarely drive!
To me, the world seems much more silent these days. Then again, silence can be the perfect backdrop for true listening.
The new silence in my neighborhood allowed me to hear the birds, the kid practicing piano. I haven't played in an orchestra or ensemble since February, so when I play my violin, I hear only my own playing. Even if I'm playing a duet with a student, the student hears me but I don't hear them. While I hope it feels like a duet on their end, it's very imaginary on mine!
So this brings me to the idea of listening to music. Do you find this to be the perfect time for listening to even more music, or not so much? For example, one of our young guests on Gilharmonic this summer (Claire Lee, age 10) was listening to a concerto every day at breakfast time. Nice! But that might not be the case for everyone. Perhaps you don't feel like listening to music at the moment. Or you are listening to recorded music more than ever; or you are finding so many offerings on the Internet that you are listening all the time.
Do you feel you are listening to more or less music these days? What music are you hearing? Do you find less music in your environment, or more? Do you feel like you have more control over what you listen to? Do you find yourself listening more actively, or passively?
Please choose the answer that best fits for you, and then tell us about how your listening has or has not changed during the pandemic.
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