listening pleasure

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"It's not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on."  --  Marilyn Monroe

What do you listen to while you work?  Are you a talk radio fanatic?  An NPR aficionado?  Or do you prefer a finely tuned selection of music from your iPod?  I like audiobooks.  Sure, I love the blues, big band jazz, funk, and such, but I work best while listening to a good yarn (couldn't resist pun).  

Today I happened upon a site of old time radio programs, you know the kind, Charlie Chan,  The Adventures of Philip Marlowe and such.   The programs may be downloaded or streamed over the Internet.  And they are free!  Bliss!  I spent a happy afternoon listening to I Love A Mystery. Tomorrow I may indulge in The Avenger.  Or perhaps Dragnet.  But first, I have to do my taxes and for that, I tend to listen to classical music.  Mozart's Requiem seems fitting.

long live the king

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you."  --  B.B. King

I didn't make it to the Chicago Blues Festival and I'm mighty peeved with myself.  The day was dedicated to cleaning and catching up after being away for a week, but the evening, well, that was to be for the King.  And what did I do?  I stayed home.  I've allowed myself to get into a work rut and not take advantage of all that life offers, and that includes a free concert with the one and only B.B. King headlining.  

How did I allow work to become my norm?  It's easy to fall into the trap when 70 hour work weeks are necessary to keep food on the table and an art career flourishing.  I'm looking forward to a fall of only art.  I won't be teaching as much as I regularly do, just that which pertains to The Red Thread Project.  The decrease in income will be a bit scary, but I'm ready for the change.  Tonight's concert was free, but I stayed home to get more work done.   I need to relearn that life is so much more than work.