The question is about the power of sound in my life. There’s music, of course, but that’s the easy answer. There’s ambient sound, and quiet, too. Although it’s never really quiet in metro Boston. I live on a busy street, a main route for just about every type of emergency vehicle in this town. Yeah, it gets loud. Usually when you’re on an important phone call or at the exact moment that House speaks the correct diagnosis–what??
I’m so glad television didn’t kill radio! I still love it. College radio for music, public radio for news, sports radio for baseball–all good with me. Baseball season starts in about 6 weeks, and there is nothing that says summer more than having the Sox radio broadcast on, listening to Dave O’Brien and Joe Castiglione bring the game to life. As much as I enjoy watching games, listening is even better.
The advent of the audiobook has had just a huge impact on daily living. If you get just the right book read by just the right reader, it’s like having someone you really like tell you (personally) a story. I once listened to Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, read by the actor Ron Silver–magic! The full-cast production of Philip Pullman’s series, His Dark Materials, was fantastic in a very different way.
Then there’s podcasts. I don’t listen to as many as I’d like, but manage to get in a one or two short ones or part of a longer one each week. Current favorites include The Guardian Books Podcast, On the Media, StarTalk.
I’m interested in developing my podcast form. I’ve been at my job for about 9 months now, and was turned loose to do a podcast a while back. It did not turn out well, because I didn’t control the discussion as I should have (plus it was my first try!), and instead conducted the interview as if it were for print. (Part of the piece was for print, and part for podcast.) A good interview podcast has to be a conversation, and the interviewer has to ask specific questions and get concise answers.
For me, the quality and feeling of listening is so much more intimate than watching.