And happy February to YOU! Post something that lets us know what you've either been listening to lately, or perhaps something from long ago that has had a part in bringing us the wonderful you that is you.
(I'm vying for a gig writing for that company who makes the Coexist and Namaste bumper stickers)
My dad bought me a wonderful gift for Christmas. How to Listen to and Understand Great Music. 48 CDs of lectures. It connects with the nerd in me. I'm almost halfway through. Among many bits of music I've heard and learned about since Christmas, I would have to say that the contrast between these two pieces, separated by roughly 75 years, and the invention of the piano, which could play from loud to soft, piano-forte, shortened to just "piano". What a leap. But it was a leap of linearity. Without the one, you couldn't have had the other. Prior to the piano, the harpsichord was it baby. One volume. And the music reflected that sort of kinetic drive of the separate lines to create the whole. But with the piano-forte, pfft! Ludwig could get down right moody on your ass. A new era had begun.
The difference between music about process and surface complexity, on the one hand, and vocal lyricism and studied simplicity on the other. From this... (for your onw sanity, start at 1:43 with the fugue)