I think I like it. And I know this is a double-post day, but...I think I like doing workshops. It's been a day and so far I've only gotten one question (I thought something was broken, or maybe I really "had" scared people off), but it was amazingly cool.
It was...something I really enjoyed doing/answering/working at.
Sometimes, I get scared that my brain is atrophying. I was talking to my boss the other day and the subject was what it usually is when we discuss "breakfast with the Beatles". "Why do I have to listen to this? Every Sunday for three hours, over and over again? It's always the same music."
And I floated my theory (he says I over-think things and he might be right) that we have loud music because they don't want us to think. They want us to be happy, hum along and do the muscle-memory thing. And he looked at me and said, "Of course. This is a mindless job. Just do what you're trained to do."
Which I'd always known, but having it confirmed was an ick moment. Some people complain the music isn't loud enough and I wonder about them.
One of my favorite quotes is from Anne Morrow Lindbergh and I think about it while I work.
“We seem so frightened today of being alone that we never let it happen. Even if family, friends, and the movies should fail, there is still the radio or television to fill up the void…. We can do our housework with soap-opera heroes at our side…. Now, instead of planting our solitude with our own dream blossoms, we choke the space with continuous music, chatter, and companionship to which we do not even listen. It is simply there to fill the vacuum. When the noise stops there is no inner music to take its place. We must re-learn to be alone.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, B. 1906
"It's Best of the Eighties", all day. All the time.