Music By Day, Silence By Night ( A diagram of the brain on music in in 6 easy steps)

Remember when you were a kid and you went to the family reunion and your favorite uncle you got to see only once a year said something really funny about your mum and you laughed so hard, Pepsi came out of your nose, and now all these years later, you’re grown up and you now realise that he wasn’t really all that funny after all? Well, this post has absolutely nothing to do with that topic. If this is what you were expecting to read about, you’ll have to go to Ellen‘s site. This is a music blog, though I’m not going to be spending a lot of time on music.

I just moved. It was in the same building but all the same, Mrs. A and I still had to pack stuff (Oh the stuff we have accumulated!) and unpack it in the new place. And here’s a fact that science hasn’t been able to explain. It doesn’t matter how much bigger your new place is, all the stuff you took out of the smaller place won’t fit into the spacious new spread. I’m not sure why. It must be along the same reasons that explain wire hangers mysteriously multiplying or day time TV.

However, we are settling in fairly quickly and smoothly.

My "Office". Where I strum on my guitar and play games...

(Oh look! A music reference!)

I know that most of you don’t really care what I’ve been up to. “Why are you wasting our precious time with this tedious story you jackass?” Well fine! Go read another article.    Here’s    a nice one about a 10 year old album that I only discovered now!

Why am I bothering? Well, sometimes you dip into a bit of a creative drought and can’t come up with the goods to impart some very average information in an exceedingly exciting way. So I’ve decided to waste your time with an under average story in a very tedious way.

I listen to music when we go to bed at night. We turn out the lights, I plug in the iPod and usually get through about 30 or so minutes, and it’s a wonderful way to review music that may be different (or not) and I get a great amount of enjoyment out of it.

My iPod and sensory enhancement suit

I’ve made up some playlists that reflect the sort of music shows I used to listen to on the radio back in the day (at night) when the DJ was almost intelligent sounding, soft spoken and impeccable taste in music. I would just sink into my pillow and listen to Sonic Youth and Hank Williams in the same set. A show where the DJ would read a poem that a listener sent in and play segments of the soundtrack for Apocalypse Now! Where you’d hear a recorded phone message left by a listener along with a request for Dead Can Dance.

I believe that those days are truly gone from the radio airwaves. I don’t think anybody could get away with exercising that kind of freedom, playing a home made tape made by a friend, a Dead Kennedys request and a side long piece by Tangerine Dream. That Is Art! And hearing this all at night (with the lights out) makes it sound even more intense and special.

Afetr a hard day of stuff, I sink into sleep to the soothing sounds of Denny Elwell's "Bed Time Hour" on "The Spirit Of Radio"

When you’re a teenager and even early, early 20s, things are felt a lot more intensely than you will feel for the same thing later on in life. You Know? First Time and all that? BUT we always try to recapture some of those feelings. We try to listen to our favorite stuff hoping to get the same rush from it that we did 25 years ago. And listening to my scientifically crafted iPod playlists and hearing them at night sort of creates a reasonable facsimile (monochrome) of the original event.

I’m also in a couple of casual bands. One really lame and the other, less lame. That’s fun, although it is very hard to get folks, who only like their music in 3′s and 4′s, to grasp stuff that is counted in 5′s and 7′s. So we wont be playing Tool or a fair bit of the Rush song book.

Here’s an excerpt from the ‘less lame‘ band’s most recent practice:

Band Meeting excerpt

Huh! It’s funny because the really lame band gets A LOT more accomplished in a shorter period of time than the less lame band does, but doesn’t the less lame band sound more fun?

I used to like olives as a kid but now I don’t.

A Garden Salad

Well, that’s about it really. Told you!

Oh yeah, it’s turning out to be a busy year in dispatching musicians. The ones I can think of off the top of my head, Amy Winehouse,Whitney Huston, Davy Jones, Levon Helm and the guy from Men At Work. (so far)

It is well known that The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the first of the great ’60s rock groups to be extinct. Who will be the next? With Levon Helm gone, that leaves just Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson as The Band. There’s Only two Beatles left. Frankly, I’m quite surprised at the number of Rolling Stones still left alive. Two Pink Floyds are gone (Barrett, Wright), leaving 3. Only two of The Who left. 3 Zeppelins left.

I gotta admit that I’m also surprised that ALL the original Black Sabbath are still here. We thought Ozzy was going to OD before he got his solo career going. And in ’81 or ’82, we all thought that Bill Ward was going to have a fatal heart attack. Which now brings to mind that Dio is gone.

We’ll see.

Our Pet Dog, 'Bifford'

3 thoughts on “Music By Day, Silence By Night ( A diagram of the brain on music in in 6 easy steps)

  1. Marvin Marks

    Your post title reminds me of a couple of books I read last year (or maybe the year before? hard to keep straight) … This is Your Brain on Music and Musicophilia… I found them both pretty interesting, although I can’t remember any details as to why at the moment. Maybe I should read them again.


    You know I agree that the radio is never going to be like it used to be… but I also think that there are things about today’s music listening environment that are really awesome. I mean… if you have Spotify you can listen to almost anything instantly (and people can share what they like very easily…) good music can go “viral” quickly (theoretically) without any need for commercial exposure. I think that’s really cool. I also love that all kinds of interesting/unusual music can be heard so easily… in the past you had to know someone who worked at a record store or something.

    I guess I can see how that may take away from the “specialness” of it… but to me that’s not as important as the specialness of listening to great music (regardless of how you got your ears on it.)

    Your pet dog is pretty awesome, he looks a lot like this black pig I have…


    I dig your mp3 (sounds like you guys are having a good time – the Christopher Walken impressions are pretty sweet) and it’s probably no big deal for now (we’re seeing a traffic drop at the moment, unfortunately) … but in the future it would be a good idea to put your mp3s up on soundcloud (or something like that) so that it’s not a big drag on our bandwidth (I have a lot of websites all on this one webhost… so it could get dicey)

    I need to stop using (so many) parenthesis.

  2. Amadeus Post author

    That’s funny. A friend of mine just showed me the whole soundcloud thing. Gonna start using it.

    The whole radio thing is mainly to do with longing for one’s youth. You experience a lot of stuff for the first time at an emotionally developing time. Those experiences are the most intense at that age and those are the ones that can’t be repeated. It’s gone.

    That’s all it is really. In 25 years, the youth of today will be longing for the days of constant connection through handheld devices since people will have started getting their brains wired up to the system at birth.


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