I often marvel at people who announce what's playing on their iPod in the sidebar of their blogs
I didn't even fill out the favorite music portion of my bio.
I think that some folks announce what they're listening to so that reader can use the music they've chosen to judge the current mood of the listener.
Kind of like a barometer with a beat.
I understand the immediacy of that. The hey I've got something upbeat on because I'm jazzed, or I'm listening to THIS because I feel lower than a snake's belly.
But trying to make a list of my favorite music just seems unrealistic. I'd need charts and graphs and three dimensional diagrams to express the depth of my feelings about music.
I love so many different kinds of music that I think that it would be nearly impossible to give someone a clear view of my musical tastes without talking to them for a couple of hours.
And the type of music I listen to also depends on what I'm doing.
So for me to say on blog what I have playing at any given moment wouldn't make sense unless I actually had a running list up so that you could see ALL the things that I listen to.
I have music for exercising, music for meditating, music for dancing, music for writing, music for making out, music for hanging around reading a book, music for waking me up if I'm flagging, music for settling me down to get ready to sleep.
Music is why I don't need drugs.
Music is mood altering.
Music is life affirming.
Music is soul enriching.
Music inspires passion like no other artistic medium can.
Music can bring people together, and in some cases tear them apart.
How many cases can you think of off the top of your head where music brought people to blows? Either because someone was playing it too loud too late, or because someone insulted someone else's musical taste?
Now how many times can you think of that you've seen music bring folks together? Like at Woodstock or at a Live Aid concert or really at any concert where there are enough people gathered who love the artist.
Music reaches out and grabs you by the heart and shatters age/race/gender barriers.
Music is one of the best things that humans ever invented.
I think that music is what separates us from the apes.
Well, that and the fact that we don't generally fling poo.