In honor of Antonio Vivaldi’s birthday (which was yesterday), I offer this belated ceditra entry:
December 11, 2009
From Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe (2004)
“I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to panes of glass with its claws” –Charles Baudelaire
Other than snippets of “Ride of the Valkyries” from The Ring Cycle, I don’t think I’ve heard too much Wagner.
I do have classical music on my iPod. I have Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and highlights of Bizet’s Carmen.
I do so enjoy my iPod. It is like a lifeline at work. I listen to it all the time but mostly for podcasts from public radio: Marketplace, The World, Car Talk, On The Media, and my all-time favorite, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the NPR quiz show.
At the moment, I have 457 songs on it, with some duplicates. I listen to music occassionaly and I will say that the quality is quite good.
There is talk that my company will ban iPods due to the alleged loss of productivity. If that turns out to become reality, I’ll have to go back to the Stone Ages (circa 1980) of my cassette tapes. If I go back to audio cassettes, then I would make a sound like a cat being hung byt its tail, etc. etc.
Back to 2010 and I have two points to make. One is that my company backed off its policy due to the outrage it generated and so I am saved from going back to the dark days of magnetic audio tape.
Also, yes, I own audio cassettes as I do not own many CDs. Back in the early 80s when CDs were coming into vogue, I swore that I would not buy into the fad and, instead, would wait for the next big leap in audio technology (which was promising to be Digital Audio Tape (DAT)). Just goes to show what a visionary I am.