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18 December 2005

Elvis has left the building...

I sat today and thought about why I don't feel about music today the same way I did when I was a kid. Here is what I came up with:

I no longer have the time.

I remember days of laying in my bed, either with a pair of headphones on, or a speaker next to each ear, listening to music and doing nothing else. I was able to concentrate on the music, the sounds, the emotions--all of it.

These days I conduct music listening while at work, at the gym, or at home while I am doing other things. The biggest thing is that the element of singular concentration is gone. It is hard to get wrapped up in something when I am already wrapped up in something else (work, dishes, etc.). And I wonder why I don't feel as strongly about any of the music I listen to these days.

I must find time to sit quietly with a pair of headphones--just to listen to a few songs and do nothing else. Time is precious these days, so I will have to choose my songs carefully.