As I assembled this week's music offering, I experienced the joy of listening to music via headphones. The simple pleasure of soaking in the wondrous technicolor world of sound—just a guy and his music library...and his headphones! This is not an audiophile rant suggesting only great listening happens on expensive headphones or high-end speakers, no! Whether through inexpensive earbuds or decent over-the-ear "cans" (as they are sometimes called) headphones give us a front row seat to the exquisite details that artists and sound engineers labor over when creating and recording their ideas. If you look at this week's playlist you will not find any of the stereophile or audiophile classics (like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, as one example of many). No. I did not seek out sonically complex tracks this week, but I noticed as I listened to each track that so much was going on texturally, dynamically—in this ear for a moment, in that ear for a longer moment, and enjoyed and appreciated the experience as it unfolded. I felt like I was hearing things anew, immersing my ears with sounds that I would otherwise miss, discovering textures that deepened my appreciation of the music and the music-makers. I invite you to give it a try. Take a few moments (or more!) and listen, deeply listen to your favorite tracks, or this week's playlist, but either way listen for the subtle things that might have passed you by. I hope you find it as rewarding as I did.
Thanks for listening!