I have a friend in the hospital in pretty serious condition, and it's stressing me out, and I can't sleep. Music is a great stress reducer, so I thought I'd tell you what I did tonight with my tunes and other things I have done in tne past to expand my love of music. I would also like to know what you do with your music. I thought I would mention too that I had an idea for a music thread the other day that I wanted to start before I go back to work on Monday. This is not that, but you might like it because it has to do with how a song I really like sounds to me like the perfect slow long fuck on account of its rhythmic and vocal intensity variations. The thread will include other rhymthic things that make my mind go there, and maybe even some other everyday sorts of things that remind me of sex. Of course, I will want to know if any of you have any of these sorts of things going on in your life. I'm going to start with what I've done in the past and will continue into the future. I might use some dos and don'ts. I don't claim to know the best way to appreciate music, and I am not not at all bossy...this will just make listing the ideas easier. Do make a decision to get out of your current music rut. Put whatever it is away. It will still be there in a couple of months. Do trade iPods with someone whose taste in music is at least partially different from your usual taste. Do buy a cheap and easy to play musical instrument. Try an Irish whistle, for instance. I've got one sitting next to me. Don't buy an instruction book. You might be someone who can play by ear. Just decide to get started. An aside...there is something pretty hot about a man who can play by ear. Don't give up. If you can't figure it out, don't buy an instruction book. Find someone who can teach you, better yet some pervert. I've never done that because I can fiddle with it and figure it out myself. However, I suppose I could tell a little lie and approach an interesting man and say something like, "Hi there. I was just admiring your instrument, and I'd really like to learn how to play it, but I don't think I can figure it out myself, so do you think you could take a little time and show me how? And my oh my, I had no idea they made them that big". (I'm saying all this in a southern accent). Do visit 12barblues' music thread and discover what I found to be some pretty incredible music I've never heard before. Do it now before you forget. Do visit your public library and pick up some dvds. At least one of you has a naughty librarian fantasy...and DO share it with us here on this thread. As always, the more perverted the better. Do take a walk through music history. You'll have a blast. This is my favorite way of expanding my musical taste. I am in LOVE with the word, taste...I fucking adore it. Do take this walk with someone else whenever possible. Do feel free to do this in whatever order you please. OMFG...I also love the word, please. Don't get caught up in doing this in a methodical way, unless that's your favorite way to do things. For me, this is too much like buying an instruction book. Do this if you can't decide where to begin: Ask yourself, "If I could go back in time and spend a month there, when and where would it be?". Now you have your answer. Do feel free to steal my idea...If I could go back, it would have to be a time I did not experience. I would want my time machine to land in my own country a few months before the British invasion. And I would want to be 17..."Well she was just seventeen, and you know what I mean...". It would be so interesting to see what things were like in an era when it was considered scandalous by some to give air time to a song about wanting to hold someone's hand. Do notice that I don't know about this because I simply listened to a song. Do figure out what was going on then and what the culture was like. Your listening experience will be that much richer. Don't just explore the Beatles. The British invasion was so much more. It was not something I would call a phenomenon. It was a frenzy. I would like to feel the frenzy of my own British invasion right now. Now please. Does anyone have any ideas for a substitute word or phrase for "channel your inner (fill in blank)?". It's retirement time for this cutesy hackneyed magazine article language. Do find a few songs recorded by a songwriter and a few recorded by singers who don't use their own material. Hear the difference. I hope you will find the difference to be obvious. If you do, then you may be barking up the tree of my brand of sensuality. Do this next: Go to the library and pick up a few interesting DVDs you've never seen and listen to them without looking at the songwriting credits. Hear which ones are recorded by singer/songwriters. Do not try to listen. Just hear. That slutty librarian still wants to smack you, and she'll do it really hard if you ask her and say please. HARD, now that's a fine word. Do realize if you go through this exercise you might end up with a singer/songwriter fantasy that involves a hard cock and a hard fucking. And I mean harder than hard. Metal hard. If you are lucky, he will come with a guitar, and hopefully a guitar strap. I want to talk about Soundgarden next and then Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong. But not now. I think I can actually get a couple hours of sleep now. And I can't forget Ozzy.