Listening, Thinking, Reading

Have needed to re-charge.

Lots of change.

The old inspirations… not so inspiring.

The old ideas… not so inspiring.

The old voices… not so inspiring.

I’ve been trying to really listen.

Talk less.

To whom do you listen?

    1. George’s avatar

      Feeling is very mutual, Jeff.

      George

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    2. jp’s avatar

      Bach cello suites by several different cellists (concentrating on the saranbande from the 5th), Shona Mbira music. First two pre Jaco, 3rd stream-ish Weather Report LP’s, and the amazing Live in Tokyo cd’s (well worth a revisit), Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbran (RIP) Mambo Insinuendo.

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      1. George’s avatar

        what a great list, JP.

        Thank you!

        George

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        1. jp’s avatar

          That’s what I have been listening to lately as a change up George, feeling much the same as you in your original post. Looking a what I wrote, I realize it is a lot of “the old inspirations, old ideas” etc, but..as i hadn’t listened to them in a while..and in this case really listen, as in actively listen/pay attention, i thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of them..and it was. Newest thing on this list is 10 years old, the oldest..1725 or so.

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          1. George’s avatar

            but sometimes the “old” things (I mean “old” to us, not old in a historic context) provide new inspiration when revisited. It’s why I read moby dick with some frequency, but only after not having read it for some time. these things (dylan, miles, faulkner, hitchcock, picasso, eames, melville, – great art) provide us with continual inspiration, and seem to change depending on our vantage point (i.e. as we get older). that durability is in part why it’s great art. lesser art seems dated, un-inspired when we revisit it later in life. it’s why we’re embarrassed by most of the things we thought of as so important when we were in high school.

            George

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          2. Nick’s avatar

            I know this feeling very well, George. The list of great art is all too true – I find Murakami to change and shift as I revisit it at different ages. But I suppose to answer your question, for inspiration, new ideas, beauty – I listen to these folk:

            http://www.google.com/reader/shared/nfitzsimons

            Not Melville, for sure – but thoughts, vital thoughts, happening now.

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            1. George’s avatar

              Love the Morini.

              Best,

              George

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