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Another Year Older

Submitted by alycia on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:05

We just moved, and I am now sitting in a room that is named and dedicated to my projects, whatever they may be. Having this room is a pretty big life-changer, and I've been thinking a lot about schedules and plans and what can and should get accomplished. I've also been thinking about how much of what Terry Gross said about her daily life resonated with me, and I'm considering how great some parts of her routine sound. I'd like to borrow how she and her husband make breakfast every Saturday at home and while cooking/eating listen to a full record. mjg and I just officially integrated all of our records and committed to an alphabetical by creator/group organization*, which feels like a much bigger commitment than getting legally or financially aligned. Although I guess the record mixing is some form of binding, a certain form of realness and acceptance of one another. Now that all of my $1 semi-ironic garage sale finds and soundtracks are pressed up against my mjg's new-car smelling, plastic-encased music, I'm thinking of starting to listen each week and just going through alphabetically. Putting a marker in to remind us where we left off, like a real organized library might do. Also mjg assures me that most of the harshest stuff he listens to isn't on vinyl.** So I feel like we/I could really do it.

All of these thoughts and plans and schedules might also be springing up now because all of the parts of stereos that we have are still packed. Self-contained things that make noise like computers are not loud enough to hear well over the sounds of our neighborhood. It's strange not to hear music or voices on air. We used to have a radio in every room of the house.

*with some exceptions for artists whose work is not their name/projects and fluctuate.
**I'm not talking just about noise here but mostly things that are too dark to listen to in the morning.

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