Sound Advice From My Music Library

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Remember “Records” .. and “Record Players” ?

Music is my life. I enjoy music. I play music. I listen to music. I collect music. I need music!

Life changed for me, slightly, when I got married. I am the type of person that can fall asleep to music, and enjoyed falling asleep to music. My wife, on the other hand, can NOT fall asleep to music, but can fall asleep to the television. Me, on the third hand, have always been a couch potato, so I can’t fall asleep watching T.V. because, no matter how bad the show is – I can watch it. Yes .. I will pretty much watch anything that’s on television. Of course, I have my preferences .. starting with the Science Fiction channels (Star Trek, Stargate, stuff like that) then I go to the Comedy channels (Friends, Raymond, sitcoms like that) and if there is nothing on those channels – there’s always the ‘Toon channels (Futurama, Southpark, Family Guy, Simpsons (and animated shows like that).

Yes .. I think next in line would be stuff like you might see on Classic Turner TV .. as I used to grow up out in the country and watched CBC Late Night TV a lot! Great movies! There’s a reason they don’t make them anymore~! That’s what I say anyway 🙂 So, after the Classic Movies .. fifth place would be ‘anything else but A&E or Mystery’ television shows. Now you can see why I can’t fall asleep in front of the T.V.!

Wait – before I go off on a tangent (and yes, there is a point to my story) I’m just trying to point out how much I appreciate music when I get a chance to listen to it.

I have a great home stereo! Had it for years! Well, the only thing is .. that before we got married we purchased a Condominium instead of a house and share one wall with our neighbour. I could never crank my stereo again! But, that’s okay .. I have a great car stereo! The only thing was that in 2003 I quit working as a consultant at a location and began operations out of my house. So, I don’t go anywhere too often in my car, except to the banks and post office. Now, both of these location are not too far away so, if I’m not too busy, I’ll just walk there to get some exercise. Otherwise, in 10 minutes I’m back home. This means, that usually in longer distances travelling in my car, I am with my wife and dogs (most likely), I am apt NOT to crank my stereo .. because we talk to each other in the car!

So tell me then .. what does a musically inclined individual with over 3700 .mp3 songs on his or her computer do? Well, I tell you…

RULE # 58 When Working Out of your Home …

Get a good music media player and create a bunch of playlists so you can listen to music while you work!
(I use MusicMatch)

Now, to be fair to all the little .mp3 files on one’s computer, and to preserve one’s sanity, you have to create playlists that won’t drive you crazy….. Let me repeat that…

RULE # 59 When Working Out of your Home …

Don’t Create Playlists That Drive You Crazy!

This is very important. Sure .. “call HART crazy – but” you may want to listen to some songs more frequently than others, but you should more or less try to create playlists that help you work better in your work environment. My younger brother was just the opposite. In the times of “Records” and “Record Players” .. he was the type of person that would pick one song and play it over and over. Now how annoying can that be? VERY! It’s not like he would wait until the end of the album, and replay the album. He would get up off of the chair as soon as the song was finished, walk over to the record player and lift the arm up in the middle of the following song, and drop it at the beginning of the song he was mesmerized with.

Here’s an example of the type of songs he would do this for (about a hundred times in a day) … HERE

I have about 20 playlists created .. One that is all swing, one that’s all fast toe tapping songs, one that’s all instrumental, one that’s only medieval and renaissance, and so on and so on. Despite these specific sounding playlists that I create, I still tend to toss on some of the regular songs … and know all the words of course, to the songs because I play them so often. They would include songs like… (in no particular order)

* Baz Lurhmann – Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen
* B-52’s – DreamLand
* B-52’s – Vision of a Kiss
* Madonna – Beautiful Stranger
* Madonna – Ray of Light
* Supertramp – GoodBye Stranger
* Genesis – Firth of Firth
* Republica – Ready to Go
* Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up
* Tom Petty – Running Down A Dream
* The Cars – Touch and Go
* Elvis – Viva Las Vegas

It’s easy to add this playlist, because as a separate playlist I just append it to the bottom of any other playlist and then shuffle play to mix these songs with my other lists.

Now .. To The Batmobile Robin! erm… I mean to the ‘point’ of this entry

I linked to the first song by Baz Lurhmann above, where I talk about that and more and list the lyrics. Feel free to listen to that song and read along. In the middle of the song there is a quote:

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them

Well – had I been more like my younger brother and listened to this song over and over and over, I probably would have heeded more to the words of that song. I recently created another blog and was playing with the permanent link structure. For all my other blogs, I am using wordpress 1.5.2 and the same permanent linking structure .. I can change them – but I choose not to change them, because of any linking out there in ‘internetland’. I have changed them and changed them back.

Well – my new blog is on WordPress 2.0 and it’s early (nobody really knows about it yet) .. and I decided to change the permanent linking structure. It didn’t work. So, I changed it back. It still doesn’t work. AAARRRGGH!! oh, I’m sure I’ll fix it and figure out why – but, had I took a look at the great WordPress support forums and see that there were many issues relating to the changing of one’s own permanent links well …. I might have been more cautious.

Yep … Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them … Great advice! Sound Advice that came From My Music Library – if only I listened more closely.

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