FMD 3/27/20 – A New Normal

So my work situation has changed a few times in the last year, and it’s always impacted my music listening habits. I find that where, when, and why have a huge influence on what I dig into.

I was already working from home when this all started. And I’ve found working from home has decreased the amount of music I listen to. I find myself watching a lot more TV and movies while I work, and music is strictly a thing for in the car. Most of my car listening would happen on my trips to Winnipeg and back and with those on hold, it’s going to be a change.

I’ve been going for 30-40 minute drives every day or two to clear my mind and get out of the house. I’ll probably switch to walks once it’s nicer. I have been using these times for music, and I find myself listening to old favorites. The stuff we’d listen to driving around in high school and stuff.

How has this impacted you? Do you find yourself listening to more or less music? Finding new things or revisiting? Do you wanna drop a list?

16 thoughts on “FMD 3/27/20 – A New Normal”

  1. I don't normally like to go first, but since no one else is playing:

    1. Morning Has Broken--Cat Stevens
    2. Guitar Man--Bread
    3. All the Time--Barry Manilow
    4. Day After Day--Badfinger
    5. Sad Songs Say So Much--Elton John
    6. Carolina Day--Livingston Taylor
    7. Alone Again, Naturally--Gilbert O'Sullivan
    8. Make Love Stay--Dan Fogelberg
    9. Just When I Needed You Most--Randy Vanwarmer
    10. Old School Yard--Cat Stevens

  2. 01. "I.O.U" – U.S GirlsHeavy Light
    02. "Brick" – Alex GRocket
    03. "Chopsticks" – Liz PhairWhip-Smart
    04. "Got My Own Thing Now" – Squirrel Nut ZippersHot
    05. "Treatment Bound (Alternative Version)" – The ReplacementsHootenanny!
    06. "It's So Hard" – The Jesus And Mary ChainPsychocandy
    07. "New York" – Caitlin RoseOwn Side Now
    08. "Flood" – Throwing MusesUniversity
    09. "Lift" – Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden Of Delete
    10. "The Post War Dream" – Pink FloydThe Final Cut

    Got a chunk of new music, but haven't been listening to that as much. No particular reason. Times call for more cooking and cleaning, and that's more of a podcast/comedy time for me (a good friend, a real stand-up guy, put me in his Tidal family, opening a whole library of stand-up I never had before).

  3. And to answer your question--I'm in the car less, so I'm listening to music less, but I still hear a fair amount. And as you can tell, I was already sticking to my old favorites before, so nothing about that has changed.

  4. 1. Julien Baker “Good News” Sprained Ankle
    2. Moby “Hymn” Everything Is Wrong
    3. Nina Simone “Baltimore”* Baltimore
    4. Horace Andy “Money Money (AKA The Root of All Evil)” Feel Good All Over: Anthology 1970-1976
    5. Arvo Pärt* “Salve Regina” Da Pacem

    6. Mix Master Mike “Sektor Five” Anti-Theft Device
    7. My Brother Dirt* “Beneath the Leaves” EP
    8. The Beach Boys “Wouldn't It Be Nice” Pet Sounds
    9. Abbott & Costello “Who's on First?” Baseball's Greatest Hits
    T. Fever Ray “Wanna Sip (Sissel Wincent remix)” Plunge Remix
    E. Grey Reverend* “Regen” In Motion #1

    3. Randy Newman cover

    5. Performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Hillier, with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent on Organ.

    7. My Brother Dirt was the grunge band that my old friend West Thordson formed while we were in high school. He's better known for his band A Whisper in the Noise.
    But holy crap, West is now doing the scores for movies, including the two latest Shyamalan films (which I haven't seen).
    WDT and MNS
    (West is the one on the left.)

    E. The album is credited to The Cinematic Orchestra, but this song is only credited to Grey Reverend (who is a part-time member of the band).

  5. I've been listening a lot while I work. Today, I've been listening to a mellow playlist.

    Bob Dylan - All Along the Watchtower
    Corinne Bailey Rae - Like a Star
    Tracy Chapman - Montains O' Things
    Ryan Adams - When the Stars Go Blue
    Toad the Wet Sprocket - Liars Everywhere
    Steve Earle - Nothing But a Child
    Todd Snider - Tension
    Joni Mitchell - River
    K.T. Tunstall - Through the Dark
    Todd Snider - I Spoke as a Child

  6. This is probably of interest to AMR - but a buddy of mine got to go onstage at a Bonnie 'Prince ' Billy show and sing "I See A Darkness"

    1. Cool. Where was this and how long ago? I know BPB likes to play less-toured areas.
      Was your friend pulled out of the crowd or is he in a band or something?

      1. It was within the last month or two. Let me find the tweet.

        As I understood his story, Will said "Any requests?" and he offered up "I See A Darkness" and then Will said "Wanna come up and sing it with me?"

  7. Bob Dylan releases a 17 minute song about the murder of JFK. Perfect for your shelter in place listening pleasure.

  8. I don't know what I did to get two kids who don't ever want me to listen to music, but while working from home the last week, I listened to almost nothing. I finally grabbed my headphones on Friday, and only then did I realize how much I'd missed it.

    Also, I dig this performance of Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring in which the musicians are all performing their parts remotely.

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