As I am in the operating room for 20 hours a week, I have ample opportunity to listen to music. I had read a book a few years ago, “1001 Albums Yu must hear before You Die.” It took me a year, but I managed to track them all down. A year ago, I started listening to them in alphabetical order and just finished last week.
Listening to them could have been done chronologically, to see how music progressed, randomly, or alphabetically. I chose the abs’s, as that is how I had them arranged anyway. This order lent itself to a random mix of genres and time periods that left you guessing what was coming next.
I am very open minded about what I listen to, and the process of listening and doing plastic surgery makes me reach new creative heights. I think of plastic surgery as Jazz, or Social Music as Miles Davis calls it. There are basic rules that must be followed, but you should explore and innovate where need be to truly create art.
I did not love every cd, but I have a much deeper understanding of music and how it interconnects across genres. It will definitely help my band, Used Karmas, in the writing of our second album. I just hope that I don’t have to die since I have heard it all!