“How many songs are on your iPod?” is a question I get fairly often. I first have to explain that I do not have an iPod, but some other MP3 player. It isn’t nearly as trendy, nor hip, but it functions pretty much the same. It is an 8 gigabyte model, so it holds a large number of songs. I think it is supposed to be 2000, but that is only if you choose the most economical song file–which I probably didn’t.
I have had my eye on an actual iPod. I am thinking about getting the 160GB model. I figure I could load every single song I have and probably every single song everybody else has on it. I am digressing a little bit here. Today’s perfect moment is not about buying an iPod, or getting a fantastic deal (though that would qualify as a perfect moment) rather, it is about music and the fact that most of us carry around a whole lot of music. I wonder if we listen to even 25 percent of it regularly.
Getting back to the point…. Most days I read during my commute. I am in the middle of a fantastic novel (see yesterday’s post) and am trying to savour every word. Despite this, today was a day when I wanted to listen to music rather than read. Perhaps it was the grey, sometimes rainy weather that caused this. Perhaps it was a solar eclipse in another galaxy. Whatever the cause, today was a music day.
While scanning through my song list I came across Michelle Shocked. It had been a while since I last listened to her, so I figured she was a good mix after listening to Rage Against the Machine.
Music has the power to transcend time and space. When I first heard Michelle Shocked I was living in Japan and my roommate loaned me her CD. I was captivated immediately. Her album Short Sharp Shocked is amazing. It’s full of different styles and moods, from upbeat to dark and moody, with lyrics from profound to quirky.
Today, I fell in love with her music again. While riding the bus, I was taken back to the day in Japan when I first heard her music. For the time the songs lasted I was totally at peace. A moment of rediscovering a piece of music and the power it has definitely qualifies it as Today’s Perfect Moment.