Music for the Savage Drive
September 17, 2013
I have written a couple of lengthy blogs to submit for my August deadline. They are witty, insightful, and informative. But I changed my mind on the way to work this morning. I wasn't feeling particularly well when I woke up. I hadn't slept much, and my stomach was queasy, the result of a rich evening meal and some recent stresses in my personal life. I had awoken a bit earlier than usual though, and this afforded me the luxury of avoiding the morning frantic rush in which I usually find myself. I was driving my car on my way to work, and for the first time in a while, I realized I wasn't in a hurry. The traffic seemed particularly heavy, but I didn't care. I didn't need to rush through yellow lights. I didn't need to tailgate or zoom around other drivers. I was patient. I was still feeling a bit yucky though, and I wasn't sure what I wanted to listen to on the radio, if anything. I started scrolling down the dial of my radio trying to find something enjoyable on the satellite stations. I stopped on the 40s station. That's right, music from the 1940s. A tune had just begun. Something called "Penthouse Suite" by Charlie Spivak and his orchestra. Other wonderful instrumentals came on and a couple of vocal selections. I felt a calmness I hadn't felt in a long time. My stomach was feeling better, and I felt more awake and relaxed. Maybe, it was just the soothing sounds or the fact I was listening to music I don't listen to very often, but this morning's commute was almost therapeutic.
I'm not renewing my Sirius subscription when my current contract runs out. I'm trying to curb expenses. But I really want to hear some more of that great music! Well, I'm in luck. Turns out, libraries are a fantastic source for old and even rare or obscure music. Almost any artist can be found in MCPL's online catalog. If I can't download it for free from Freegal, I can pick up a CD from my own branch or have one sent from another. If we don't have it in our system, I can request it from WorldCat.
Years ago, I worked for Borders (remember them?), and we were the go-to place for hard to find music. Now, I am proud to be working for a library system that far surpasses the retailers. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the fantastic resources we have. Listen to something old that is new to you, or something you haven't heard in a long time. Music will brighten your day - and make that commute a whole lot more pleasant!