With many hours on the road upcoming, my iTunes list will become more valuable than ever. My tastes are primarily jazz (swing), the Great American Songbook and classical (Mozart through Wagner, but some 20th century stuff too). I reckon I’ll share my listens from time to time and perhaps persuade some new listeners over to my cause.
In addition, I have become fond of audio books in the last couple of years. Love me some Audible.com! No doubt this will inspire some posts from time to time. I’m currently making my way through the Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. It’s 11 volumes in all, I think, and each volume is 60 to 80 hours of listening time. Hopefully Vol. 4 will be complete in the next month or so. It’s far more than mere history: it’s sociology, anthropology, archaeology, religion, philosophy and a bunch of other “ologies”. The entire series is a masterful piece of scholarship and erudition, although some of the earlier volumes are now 60 to 80 years old, and no doubt some of his observations might be a bit dated. Highly recommended as a survey of what mankind has done to itself and for itself over the last 3000 or so years. It tends to support Solomon’s observation that even in his time “there is nothing new under the sun.”