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[This post was inspired by a blog post I read yesterday over at GeekMom.]

In 1992 listening to music meant sitting in my bedroom with the door closed and the stereo playing my favorite mix tape.  I knew what songs were coming and in what order.  I was ready to flip the tape when Eric Clapton told me I was “Wonderful Tonight”  (what?  that song wasn’t written especially for me?????) and I knew that when I did flip the tape that Journey would still be mine, “Faithfully.”  I don’t remember every song on that tape, but I remember how I felt listening to it night after night.  Later, there were CD’s, all kinds, from popular music to Broadway musicals to classical symphonies and I knew them all inside and out.  I had an intimate relationship with music.  When I listened to music I did little else.  Oh, sometimes I sketched a little in a journal or if I was with friends we did sometimes talk over the music, but often our conversation revolved around the music.  We participated in a shared activity – listening to music.

Now, 20 years later, I occasionally listen to playlists I have created on my iPod or with Spotify, but more often I simply allow Pandora to choose my music for me.  There are songs I like and songs I skip, but there is no familiar pattern to latch on to; what songs play and when they play remains random.  I listen at home while I make dinner; I listen in the car while I drive the kiddos to school or other activities; I listen while lifting weights at the gym; I listen in the living room while I blog or surf the internet.  But ultimately, I don’t actually listen.  Music has been demoted to background noise.  Even when I am out running errands, music is everywhere.  There is music in every store and professional office.  No one escape the constant music.  But what is it doing to us?  How much of our passive brain function is spent filtering out peppy songs and occasional ads?  How much of what we are not actively listening to is affecting us in ways we cannot imagine.  And what is it doing to our ability to actually listen to good music?

As I reflect on my past and present history with music I find myself not only reminiscent, but also regretful of what I have lost.  I want to stand up and make some grand pledge, that from here on out I will listen to music with purpose; that I will find time to stop and listen to a favorite album or that when listening to music I will refrain from checking email or playing Angry Birds.  I’m not going to do that.  There are far too many distractions in my day and in my night that prevent me from making such a pledge.  What I will do is simply say that if the opportunity presents itself at the right time then I will stop and I will listen and I will embrace the music.

Leave a comment – What was your favorite album in your youth?  Or what were some of the songs on your favorite mix tape?

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7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 171)

In honor of Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!) a specially themed quick takes edition – If Star Wars was about Homeschoolers………

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Yoda (to a new batch of homeschool moms): Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Homeschool Moms. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Homeschooler must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All her life has she looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never her mind on where she was. Hmm? What she was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Homeschool Mom craves not these things. You are reckless.

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Yoda (on Public School):  Stopped they must be; on this all depends. Only a fully trained Homeschool Mom, with the Force as her ally, will conquer Superintendent Vader and his Emperor, the Secretary of Education. If you end your training now – if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did – you will become an agent of the Public School. *

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Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.

Experienced Homeschool Mom: True dat, Master Yoda.  True dat.

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New Homeschool Mom: I won’t fail you.  I’m not afraid.

Yoda: You will be.  You…Will…Be….

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 HSLDA Rep (to nosy School District): You don’t need to see her lesson plans … These aren’t the truants you’re looking for … She can go about her business … Move along.”

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Homeschool Mom: Help me, Obi-Wan-Online-Charter-School, you’re my only hope!

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Chewbacca (after a long day of homeschooling): AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH!

*Humorous parody does not indicate blogger’s actual feelings about Public School or Charter School or Homeschooling.  It’s just funny.  Because it’s Star Wars.  And Star Wars is cool.

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SPARTAN

VS.

The Fabulous Mrs. Momo

 

Girls are fun.

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