Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rambling #1 - Music Lives One Room Over

Roll out the red carpet and cue the trumpets in the balcony. I've joined my generation and started blogging. Woohoo!

Now, the question becomes one of "what will I blog about?" Luckily, rambling can go in any direction and still be on track.


I got tired of the silence inherent in a solo job search very quickly. I was sitting at my dining table (now Job Search HQ) when the revelation hit. I had not uttered a single word out loud for an entire business day. For some, this would not be a big deal. But for me? I instantly felt like I was going crazy. I opened iTunes and started running through my playlist. It worked...sort of.

I had 2.5 days of music that probably took me a couple weeks to go through since I wasn't running it 24/7. And although my work life was filled with sound again, I now had trouble focusing on the task at hand - job search. I kept switching back to see what song was going to play next, to switch to a new song I'd been thinking of, to gaze at my playlist as I considered whether a friend might like a particular song, etc. No work was getting done.

That's when I rediscovered my TV (and the radio stations that come through COX cable), my CD tower (which still contains Jagged Little Pill, the first CD I bought on my own), and my DVD player (which plays CDs too as so many DVD players do). All three live to my right on the other side of the wall. Loud enough for me to hear whatever is playing and sing along. Far enough away that I feel no need to break from my job search productivity to skip songs or change the music channel. It's just the right amount of distraction.

So, from now on, music lives one room over.

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