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19 November 2011 @ 03:55 pm
On music  
At home, in my parents house, my dad is always playing music. He has an old mac laptop (don't ask me about the model, I've heard it so many times but always manage to forget - it's the one after the colourful ones, I think) and its only function is as a music computer. It's connected to the stereo equipment and contains pretty much all music we own as a family (well, not entirely true, but there's a lot on it!). Every fem months he'll, as a project, digitalize his old LP's - when he did Jesus Christ Superstar I wanted to rip my ears off, he plays the songs over and over again to get the intro/outro just right, fading, not too abrupt!

When I lived in Norway I started listening to The Kinks and Leonard Cohen a lot, having that kind of music in the background made me feel like home I guess.
Here, in Amsterdam, it's classical music instead. I'll be the first to admit that I know nothing about classical music, I've never really been interested. My dad loves it, I'd like to say that Händel is his favourite, but honestly, I don't know - I wish I'd cared more. I'm not even sure what counts as "classical" music, perhaps I should be more specific? I can't.

Anyway, right now I'm listening to Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium because I felt like something christmas-y but not pop-y and I listened to The Nutcracker yesterday.

What I should be doing is studying for my exam on Monday, on Dutch literature in the 17th century, I just don't care. At first, I thought it was just the book that was written in a spectacularly boring way, but then I realised that I could read and read and still just, not care. At all. The music makes it a little easier to concentrate, puts me in a good "study" mood, but only for an hour at a time - at the most.

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Sorry I haven't been around much, there's just so much going on all the time. October was particularly busy, a lot of people came to visit and stayed at my place. Nice but draining.
I've been thinking about posting some pictures here, if anyone would be interested? Amsterdam is pretty amazing.
 
 
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Concentus Musicus Wien – Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248/Kantate Nr. 1