It’s About Time!
Jerry Lucky Commentary October 2011
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I clearly remember a time, probably in my early twenties where I bought the new Black Sabbath album (IV) and brought
it home and proceeded to play it through completely three times! I actually ruined the record by doing this because little did I
know that vinyl needs about an hour between plays for the groves to come back to their original configuration. As a result my disc
had pops and clicks embedded in the grooves from that time forward. Back then I used to spend a fair bit of my time doing nothing other
than listen to music. I have many fond memories of purchasing albums. I remember which ones they were and where I bought them.
That’s part of the experiential nature of musical memories.
As I got older music stayed very much a part of my life, whether it was because I was doing my progressive rock radio show or was just following the latest releases from bands I enjoyed. I always found time to listen to their music. As I got older still and family became more a part of my time I found it was getting harder and harder to set aside a lengthy period of time just to listen to music.
As I slowly converted my collection to CDs my listening habits changed only slightly. For some time the most enjoyable time spent with music was getting new releases and sitting on the couch, starting with track one and going through the whole disc while reading the lyrics from the CD booklet. I’m not sure it helped my eye sight any, but it was a very pleasurable activity that allowed me to gain far more from the disc than just having it on in the background. This way I was really listening to it. Come to think of it, I’ve never been a big fan of the “shuffle” more. Bands usually spend a lot of time figuring out the track order, especially in Prog, so it kind of seems almost rude for me to mix it up.
This reflection comes from a couple of sources. I recently had a conversation with a buddy of mine, also a big music fan, who said for the first time in his life he was not that interested in music and it was troubling to him. Some months ago I offered another buddy a couple of CDs to listen to and he refused saying it wouldn’t be fair since the only place he could listen to them was in the car. Then as I reflected on my own circumstances I realised just how precious a commodity time is when it comes to music in our lives.
I think it’s fair to say that most people as they get older tend to have less and less time that they feel they can devote to “just” listening to music. As in so many circumstances, life gets in the way. There are weeks where it’s very hard to find the time to listen to the music I review. And as a result I feel guilty. Guilty because virtually all the music I review on this site is music that bands and artists have sent to me looking for some additional exposure for their art.
I’m deeply appreciative of this and as a result I feel a sense of responsibility to write about their music and post it. But there are some weeks where it seems everything gets in the way.
Having recently moved to Vancouver, my commute to work is about 45 – 50-minutes each way. While some would see this as a negative I’ve tried to make the time work for me. That time affords me the opportunity to listen to a CD going in to work and another on the way home. This has become my most valuable listening time. Right now as I write this at the computer, I’m listening to music. This is the second most valuable listening time. It strikes me that if music is important to you, you find a way to keep listening to it.
When we take stock of the things that are important in our lives; my wife, my daughter, my spiritual life, my work life and yes, music…it’s all about time; a precious commodity that needs to be doled out because there seems to be less and less of it all the time. You hear about people who dread the thought of retirement, worrying about what they’ll do with their time. Wow…I’m actually looking forward to retirement to when I can have more time to start listening to more music again.
If I play my cards right, it’s like that big circle of life…I started out listening to lots of music and I’m looking forward to a time when I can start doing it again when time is on my side. After all it’s about time, right? At least that’s what I think.