Sunday, February 10, 2008

Music to your ears, while your fingers your keyboard

If you would like to listen to a sampling of music, from the 1920s to the present, in different genres (jazz, popular, classical, opera, film scores, more) from Europe (and to a lesser extent from North America), while at the computer, Desmond Carrington's radio show 'The Music Goes Round' is a wonderful choice. Mr. Carrington's calm voice and knowledgeable introduction to his chosen artists, and their wonderful works, won't interfere with your ability to multitask--unless you count the time he played Petula Clark's rendition of 'The Little Shoemaker.' That day, my feet kept tapping under my desk and my heart felt like it would burst with the unexpected pleasure of finding an old favorite. Work just didn't seem important after that. Instead I hurried home (after hitting the replay button at least 10 times) and introduced the kids to an exhilarating song from their mother's childhood. Come to think of it, there were several more times like that, beautiful and haunting, but thankfully, none that distracting.

Mr. Carrington broadcasts his weekly BBC Radio 2 program live from his Scottish home (what a wonderful way to make a living!). Shows are not archived online; one show per week is available for online listening. Happy listening (and working)! [Link]

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