CONFESSIONS OF A MUSIC JUNKIE

As of Christmas Day B is off for a full two weeks! It’s really cool! We can both stay up late, sleep late, go for drives, walks, play with Bagel, take in a movie or just sort of chill out together! We’re closing in on the end of the first week and had our first minor “argument” — well, it wasn’t so much an argument as a rather aggressive observation from B about myself.

Yes, as much as it might shock a few of you — I’m not perfect. However, I can assure everyone: I always smell really nice. Anyway, I was in the mood for a bit of Thelonious Monk so I plugged the iPod into B’s handy iPod-ready Element when he turned the volume down to an inaudible level and announced that he needed a break from my endless reign of streaming music and that in the two years we have been together he has not had more than an hour without music of one form or another blaring. Well, he is exaggerating just a bit there. I’d venture to say that B has had at least 3 or 4 hours of home time without music when I’ve been out with a friend or sleeping late while he tinkers about with some computer thing that is far beyond my limited mental capacity.

But, the truth is I am never really without music.

Part of the problem is that quiet is loud to me. I have that thing where there is a constant sort of ringing in my ears. It has been that way as far back as I can remember. If it is too quiet it feels like my head might cave in or I get a migraine. But, one doesn’t have to have music to mask that — in fact, any sound saves one from the insanity that this condition can bring. The tick of a clock will even work. I just prefer music and lots of it.

Truth is — I’m a bit of an addict. A junkie, really. If one could mainline music into the blood I’m quite sure I would have tried it by now. Yes, I’m telling the world — or the part of the world that might be seeing this blog: I’m addicted to music. The problem is that I don’t want to change or correct this about myself. They say the first step to recovery for an addict is to admit that he/she has a problem. Well, I can admit it but I don’t really care.

So, tonight we have to find a connector so that we can wire headphone from the stereo to my desk. This way I can enjoy my iPod and/or vinyl without disturbing B anymore. It is most pressing as I’ve a stack of vinyl that I’ve yet to play. I was surprised to hear it but my rambling and endless chattering and even my current battle with PSD is no big deal for B. However, my need for non-stop music is about to drive him out the window and we’re 5 stories up! Well, technically, we are up three but this building is odd so the third floor is like being on the 5th and the 5th is like being on the 8th. If there were a 5th floor. Our building stops with a 4th floor, but I digress. Anyway, B got me a way-cool new digital camera that is really small, slick and red! It is a Nikon Coolpix S200!! I can even take video. I just might end up attempting a Vlog at some point! Tho, I doubt I can master it. Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the tail end of 2007. I, for one, will be very glad to see this year come to a close! And, now, we have to go find a connector and some wiring. The music must never stop!

I’m reminded of the tag line for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER which was: “Where do you go when the record’s over?” …Mine never is. …and, if I have anything to do with it — my record will never be over! Oh, and I really do love the new Goldfrapp — which “drops” at the end of February — but it shimmers instead of glitters. And, I always prefer glitter balls to fine crystal. Still, I will take Goldfrapp any way I can get it! …and, thank you to that person out there who sent me the full CD a month ago!!! I wonder if it will sound the same when it finally is released on 2.25.08?!?!!? Hmmmmm… Maybe the remixes will glitter! The first single is out, by the way!

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December 28, 2007. Uncategorized.

18 Comments

  1. Java replied:

    Cool pix! Cool camera, too.
    I’m with B on this issue. Sometimes quiet is really nice. My ears don’t buzz or ring in the quiet, so that makes a huge difference, I’m sure. I’m glad you have the option of headphones so you can hear music and B can hear ….. crickets chirping?

  2. ginab replied:

    Silence is golden but music is diamonds on the soles of my shoes and ruby tuesdays and saphire light and garland judies and holly buddies especially this time of year. Make music together, and play “let them knock”.

  3. johnmichael replied:

    Great pics!!
    I liked Mary Poppins as a child. I should listen to the music again.

  4. Brian Finch replied:

    I remember having that Mary Poppins record cover from being a kid, that’s great.

  5. The Sagittarian replied:

    I got my husband a set of cordless headphones so he can hear his music at the level he wants to hear it. He tends to do most of the cooking (how lucky am I!!) so also tends to have the stereo up loud so he can hear it when cooking…these cordless headphones have saved the day.
    I enjoyed the pic of Leon redbone, just love his “Seduced” song…might go and put it on now LOUD! Have a great New Year, keep on looking up!

  6. matty03 replied:

    Java! Thanks — that photo was taken in a very dirty public restroom. I had to take a photo there! I just had to! Oh, I think B needs to wear the headphones! Music is the food of life! Didn’t some actor say that in a movie once?!?!?! lol!

  7. matty03 replied:

    Gina! I do so love the way you write! And, I couldn’t agree more!

    johnmichael! Oh, yes! One should listen to Mary Poppins music at least once a week! It is great for the soul and is best when served with the pop and snaps of the original Vista Records vinyl soundtrack! Stay awake!

  8. matty03 replied:

    Brian! Yeah, I had the album at some point when I was a kid, too. Only mine was blue with Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke stuck in a dance pose in a blue sky. My uncle had this version of the record which was the original — it was the same as mine except his was gate fold and just seemed to sound better on that heavy 60’s vinyl! So, now! I have it. Sadly, I have the mono version – but that’s ok. It sounds great!

  9. matty03 replied:

    The Sagittarian! Wow! I can’t cook! Tho, I have master’d Hamburger Helper and can make great Texas chili! Anyway, the cord type headphones work fine for us/me. I love the fact that your husband listens to music as he cooks! That rocks!

  10. karyn replied:

    I’m so totally with you on the music as-constant-companion thing. I just function better with music in the background. It’s no newsflash – I’ve long said that life would be eleventy million times better if we had a soundtrack going, and thanks to the mp3 player, we can! So if it’s an addiction… eh… it’s not hurting anyone. Ok, maybe B gets annoyed, so ok, you just plug in your earbuds and you’re good to go. Let the music play, Matty, and rock on witcher badself! Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you look phenomenal! And the camera is kickass! 🙂

  11. matty03 replied:

    Karyn, my sister in the soundtrack of life, you’re so sweet! Thank you! And, yeah — my new camera is so totally cool! I’m still teaching myself how to use it! It is so little yet it does so much!

    Oh, And The Sagittarian! I hope you were able to play Leon Redbone LOUD! He is so awesome!

  12. Tim replied:

    Totally agree, I generally do everything with music on in the background, and when there’s so much new music out there which I haven’t listened to yet, I simply don’t have time NOT to listen to music!! Although saying that, there are times when it’s nice to be quiet, so I do get where B is coming from. I’m currently banned from playing music or watching the TV while Y is writing essays for his Masters degree, so I’m going cold turkey at the moment, and sometimes it’s actually quite nice. I do often slip my iPod on tho 😉

  13. matty03 replied:

    Tim! Oh, dear! You love music more than anyone I know of! Earphone are a must for you as Y finishes his essay!!!! Wow! I’m happy with my sad little BA.

    Right now, I’m just focused on getting my EYES OF LAURA MARS sno-globe completed! It is far more challenging than one might think!!!!! I’m applying a French aesthetic.

  14. hot lunch replied:

    Red!! totally cute! but the guy in the mirror is even cuter!

    I think Rihanna says it best: “Please don’t stop the music!!”

    For Xmas, I received one of those turntables that you can plug into your computer and transfer all your vinyl to mp3 format! how groovy is that!? Though of course nothing beats listening to some good old fashioned wax. However, for archiving purposes, you know?

  15. pakipoptart replied:

    Can you guys meet in the middle somewhere? It has got to be tough though cause I know music is your passion! Headphones can only work for so long, sometimes you just want to turn it up really loud! Anyway, I hope 2008 is much better for you!

  16. matty03 replied:

    Hot Lunch! Oh, I am blushing! Thank you! You’re by far the hottie! Isn’t that turntable cool!!!! I’m so loving mine!!!! Nothin’ beats vinyl! …and lots has never made it to the CD format!

    Pakipoptart! You’re so sweet! It’s all cool — I get to blast the stereo all the time — but, I just shouldn’t do that ALL of the time! kisses! Happy New Year!!!

  17. Dirky-do replied:

    Barbra Joan Streisand is an absolute FAVE of mine!!! There’s not a bad track on it, plus the bonus of hearing her do a Laura Nyro song…and One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not A Home is killah! (Love the Leon, too…)

  18. matty03 replied:

    Dirky-do! You’re a person of great taste! kisses, matty!

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