Music is so much better to me when I’m alone. When I can listen to it repeatedly and linger over the notes and mingling of rhythm and melody.
As soon as I say to someone (WO, Dre, whoever), “Hey, come listen to this!” I’m often immediately assailed with the feeling that this will be the longest song I’ve ever listened to. Every strange thing I loved (or hadn’t noticed up to now) will be glaringly loud and sound annoying as I put myself in the other listener’s shoes. I suddenly remember that so-and-so doesn’t like extended soprano singing (or something…), or notice the hilariously weird facial expression of this or that performer.
I’m better about it than I used to be. Part of it is discovering that the chances of other people liking weird shit is higher than I thought in high school. Still haven’t found anyone does more than tolerate music played on repeat for hours, alas.
Regardless, here’s a bit of Carnatic music that’s been keeping me company tonight. Listen while alone or share.
These gents rock my world. All three are beyond amazing, but the guy on the kanjira (G Harishankar, I believe) wins for me. The mridangam playing is hot, too; I’m minutely less a fan of the ghatam. I don’t know if this is an example of a Manamadurai ghatam, but the metallic striking sound in this video kind of messed with my head.