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Gratitude #8 - music

It's a simple appreciation today. I don't usually listen to music while I write because the words distract me. It's too hard to hear words and think of what words I want in what order at the same time...though there are a few ambient stations I can sometimes get away with on soma fm, particularly "Secret Agent" when I'm writing a thriller, or "Drone Zone" most anytime.

So if I'm listening to actual music, it means I'm taking a break, I'm done for the day, or I'm working on art. Right now I'm done for the day. Yay!

Anyway, I stopped buying discs and opted to just subscribe to my music, which has worked out well. Then Napster got absorbed my Rhapsody this week, and I notice my playlists seem different. Or maybe their "randomize" just works differently and I'm hearing things that never got shuffled to the top before. I like it! (And I can now stream to my iPod, which is very nice!)



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Dec. 4th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I can't listen to music with words when I'm trying to concentrate, be it on writing or on analyzing data. Sometimes listening to Stan Getz (particularly Cafe Montmarte) helps when I'm in analytical mode, interestingly.
Dec. 5th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I have an app that makes ambient music out of loops and sounds (so you could have something like a droning violin, whale songs, and a thunderstorm mixed together). That worked really well today when I needed to write words, and someone outside was using a chainsaw!
Andi Lea
Dec. 4th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
I love Rhapsody. I've been using it for a few years. With three teenage kids, it's been a huge money saver. I also noticed changes this week. The first was a weird conflict with Real Player update that caused my Rhapsody player to not work, which I freaked about. I uninstalled Real Player entirely and Rhapsody is working fine again. But, today I did notice some different things popping up on my self created radio stations and I liked it too!
Dec. 5th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
It seems more stable on the Mac than Napster did. I think once I did a cost analysis and the artists come out making more royalty from me playing them (over and over) on a streaming service than they might if I bought their cd!
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