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cbertsch
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Write It Down
A record is an artificial heart.

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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: September 21st, 2006 01:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If you are talking about a record (as in an LP) this brings me to something else I was going to say about music/headphones in the other post. And that's where I am *really* on the outside of society wrt headphone listening is that I don't take headphones or music to the gym because I cannot *stand* to work out to music. I understand (intellectually, or at least think I do) why other people do it but for me it is a disruption from the work out. A *distraction* from the work out. And all my work outs -- be they weight training, or balance ball stuff, or cardio -- are of the mind-body connection type and music is always a *false* rhythm, if that makes sense? It *dictates* the mind-body connection as opposed to focusing my attention on the naturally occurring one. In which case it really is an artificial heart -- substituting it's beat for my real one.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 21st, 2006 01:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was referring to that kind of record -- though the other sort would also work in that formulation -- and just love, love, love your response. Personally, I do enjoy running or working out to music. But I also recognize the artificiality of the experience. It's sort of like what happens when you put a poem to music: you get two hearts. Sometimes it works to have that doubling of beat. More often, it doesn't. That's why writing lyrics for music is so different from writing a poem in its own right. In the former case, the beat dictates stress and breath from outside of the words themselves.
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: September 21st, 2006 06:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like to listen to music while I work out for many reasons, but mostly it's the only time I really have to myself to concentrate on listening to music for a big block of time and I enjoy listening to music and learning about new music, so I consider listening to music while working out multi-tasking. I'm getting my exercise, taking care of my body and mind, and getting some music recreation/education in at the same time.
From: zokah Date: September 21st, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
pardon me from jumping in here, but dovetailing on what C wrote above, do you write your poetry to music? we know you create much of your visual art to music, do you think a particular piece would develop differently if you were listening to something else?
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: September 21st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Excellent question. The answer is no. I never write poetry to music. Music would interfere with my construction of rythmn and sound. I always read what I write out loud as part of the editing process because how the poetry sounds is just as important as how it reads on the pages. If I listened to music then what I write wouldn't be coming just from myself. I just recently started listening to music quietly while writing my memoirs but mostly for the atmosphere. Sometimes I have to turn it off. I always listen to music while making art.
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