Last month, I read an article in JazzEd Magazine written by Ezra Weiss called The Importance of Listening. (JazzEd Magazine November/December 2014 Page 15 – definitely worth checking out). The article really got me thinking about not only how to explain the importance of listening to my students but also my own listening habits. I tend to binge listen – I find a song that touches me and I’ll listen to it on repeat until I can sing it in my head. I’d get completely obsessed.
But after reading Erza’s article, and thinking about it for a while, I realized that I had set aside something really important – the enjoyment of listening. I always felt that when listening to live music, but not as much when listening at home. I mean, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t always do it for the enjoyment. I decided to change that and as part of my Ten Things to do Every Work Day I’m listening to a complete jazz album from start to finish, as the musicians intended it.
To help me keep track of what I’ve listened to, and to hold me accountable and keep me honest, I’m keeping a list of what I’ve listened to, to be updated daily. You can find it here: http://saxymoni.com/daily-jazz-album-list/
So, what have you been listening to?