If you had several months to listen to only certain musics, what would they be?
This is just a little variation on The Desert Island Game, which I’ve been wont to play since I was wee. Like, super duper wee. I’m like two inches of beard-length from aspergerish coenobitism here, people.
Of course, I won’t be entirely cut off from the world. I can sit in a library or router’d diner, any time I want, and torrent two albums a minute. But by the same token I can stop at any given bike shop or sporting goods ‘porium & refit myself from tip to tail, near any time I want. The goal is to avoid the need for such a thing. Not the least, lest I have my nose rubbed in how easy the modern world is – for a white boy with a credit card.
Likewise, this is not simply an exercise in survival. It is also about the setting of other goals. After all, if this activity is so easy – and made easier still by a superabundance of preparation – that gives me room to impose other goals upon myself. What kind of food do I want to eat – what is healthiest? What kind of books do I want to read – have read? What kind of music do I want to listen to?
This trip shall provide me the opportunity to break from the easy routine of the restaurant next door & the books at hand. Why not take the opportunity to force myself, just a wee bit, to broaden my musical horizons? Maybe – Maybe – to carry that same adventuresome spirit, too much lacking, back to my ‘umble life here in Stationaryville.
Creating an auditory curriculum is no easy feat. But the imposition of too strict a methodology smacks of the tweed. A happy medium is needed: opportunity to wax self-educational, opportunity to chillax with good tunes.
What, of my collection, have I really been meaning to listen to? And really, really, *listen* to?
-Anthology of American Folk Music
-Art Tatum – Solo Masterpieces, Pablo Group Masterpieces
-Bach – Art of Fugue, Well-Tempered Clavier – various instrumentations
-John Fahey – all of it
-Kronos Quarter – their new 10CD boxed set
-Robbie Basho – as much as I can find
-Thelonious Monk – The Complete Riverside Recordings (I always start with the Prestige Recordings and then end up hitting “repeat” forever)
-Wes Montgomery – Complete Riverside Recordings
-what of the Penguin Crown Guide to Jazz that I have not already well nommed upon
-maybe some mixed classical? should I really build myself a corpus, work through?
-a whole pile of Folkways
…doesn’t sound bad, does it?