Post by fkaJimmySee on Jul 6, 2020 15:26:00 GMT -5
Old habits die hard.
I've got a pretty good audio system in my office that gets switched on when I get in and pretty much remains on throughout the day.
I am not a vinyl guy at all (I say when it comes to vinyl, I know where the bodies are buried). Have way too many CDs and can't help myself from buying when I see something interesting, usually at charity shops at bargain basement prices.
But streaming has become delivery source of choice for me.
These days, my fave services, day-in-and-day-out are The Jazz Groove, available on Heos and streaming from its own site (jazzgroove.org), and ClassicFM from London (www.classicfm.com).
From time to time, also tune in Radio Caroline Flashback (www.carolineflashback.co.uk) for those great 60's sounds. But I do note, sadly, the passing earlier this year of Ronan O'Rahilly who put British off-shore pirate radio on the air back when the only way to hear the new pop sounds in Britain was to tune in to Radio Luxembourg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan_O%27Rahilly
Also, I like Soultown, 50's on 5, and 60's on Six on Sirius/XM.
So ...... what are you listening to during the day? Has it warped your brain yet (I'm still working on that).
Since I started working from home 15 or so weeks ago, I've started listening to BBC Radio 2 during the day. The oldies are great, but the new stuff is pretty much uniformly appalling. In fact, I started listening to BBC Radio 6 Music for a change this week.
Also, I sometimes just ask Alexa to play music from a specific year. 1965 was a fantastic year, 1973 as well. 1966 not quite as good.
Post by Taildragger on Jul 6, 2020 15:50:10 GMT -5
I have LPs, CDs, an extensive i-Tunes library and stumble across interesting, new (to me) stuff on You-Tube all the time. I can also pick up a pretty good "alternative/Americana" FM station. Spend a part of every day listening to somebody else play (in addition to having to endure the sound of my own practicing).
It's truly amazing the access to music that the digital age has brought. During the now-long-ago years of my youth, it was pretty much limited to what the AM radio DJs chose or were paid to play, what records you and/or your friends could afford to buy and what acts rolled through your town coincidental with a time when you had enough scratch for tickets.
And then there's all the free instructional video stuff online. "Back in the day", we just had to listen and try to figure out what our idols were doing by ear.
In terms of genres, I don't tend to care much for heavily-orchestrated pop; rap, hip-hop or opera, but will give just about any other kind of music a listen.
Post by fkaJimmySee on Jul 6, 2020 16:14:46 GMT -5
Over the years, my musical tastes have broadened, though these days polka, hip-hop, and head-banger metal are beyond my listening interest. But I have cultivated an appreciation for opera, and choral music.
Post by Taildragger on Jul 6, 2020 16:50:04 GMT -5
I like some choral music, especially Gregorian chants and certainly marvel at the dedication, gifts and skill that it takes to develop the human voice as an operatic instrument. It's just that the results don't appeal to me aesthetically.
I can sometimes enjoy rap/hip-hop when there are skilled instrumentalists involved and actual singing is interspersed, but some thuggish knucklehead droning the contents of a rhyming dictionary peppered with obscenities and violent, hostile, degrading imagery backed by a drum machine and computer samples doesn't interest me a bunch.
i gave/sold most of my "vintage" sound gear this spring. we're going to downsize from the farm to a townhouse (or a house in town)in the near future so we've been thinning down. i have a grace internet radio paired with an older zeppelin air amplified speaker. that is an amazing unit... i use the headphone jack from the radio to plug into the speaker. at first i hated the internet radio because finding stations was such a chore on the limited display but i found an android remote control application that is much easier to search and find stations with the music i'm looking for.
it appears to have unlimited memories so i've saved dozens of stations and i change genre as my mood swings.
check out the speaker unit if you have a chance, it amazes me. Bowers & wilkins... mine is the one that looks like a football. there are newer versions. i'm watching ebay for others. using apple play i can put them all over the house and stream to them simultaneously.
Play it with emotion and play it strong. Don't make a face and they won't know it's wrong!
I do a lot of my listening over earbuds attached to my phone, which has a lot of my music recorded on it. I play any one of my guitars along with it.
I use noise cancelling headphones on long haul flights (will we ever be able to travel again!? -- I have not been on an airplane since mid-March), but do not care for them for day-to-day listening. I like the way music played through a good system can fill a room, at any volume.
I move around the normal streaming services like SiriusXM, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora and playlists from my iTunes.
But what I play most are commercial free and free stations operated by a friend under the name Aloha Joe on TUNEIN. I like Hawaiian music so its right in my wheelhouse. Check out Aloha Joe's Hawaiian Radio, Pacific Jaz and Aloha Joe's Tiki Radio for starters.
WELCOME BACK JIMMY
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