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Music, and moods.

A person online, in a question about their favorite music, had this to say: “Music […] is universal language. Music unites moral, emotional and esthetical spheres of mankind. Music is the language of feelings. Our feelings can be different, and depending on what feelings I have, I choose music that I listen to. I can listen to almost all music types – from classic to rock.” But surely this misses the point. Choosing your music based upon your moods is like choosing your future spouse based upon the amount of traffic you encountered on the way to work, or choosing your cell phone plan based upon the relative humidity and what that does to your hair. Choosing your music based upon your moods seems to me to be putting the cart before the horse. Now, I can’t begin to guess what the writer means when they speak of uniting morals and emotions and esthetics. It sounds rather like a heaping bowl of succotash; consisting of some rather unfashionable form of a slightly stale crust of bread, chameleons, …

Tuesday

I have the stirring of vague thoughts rumbling around in my head; much in the same way that certain foods will cause my stomache to growl as if I haven’t eaten in a week. And I’m not sure where they’ll lead, so I’ll set them out here and see what works… The thoughts, not the foods… Of course, I’m my own worse critic. The last post seemed so darned reasonable, and well thought-out and executed, when I posted it. Now, it just seems a bit silly, especially in the execution aspect. Of course, I could always re-edit it, and in some ways it’s a good idea to let things sit a bit and age before putting it out there. How else to know whether what you’ve written is any good, or if it was more a byproduct of a bad ‘taco grande’ than the logical thought processes…? But I also feel that a product very much belongs to it’s own time, and as I’m not preparing a submission to some scholarly trade publication, the best …