When I can't focus on that, I am listening to the SCP Archives (this podcast takes the best stories from the SCP Foundation website and makes them into audio drama). These are kind of mindless and if I completely zone out on one, I probably haven't missed anything for the next (though, they do have an underlying story sometimes like the Magnus Archives).
I don't have the bandwidth to focus on much right now, so no TV or movies or audiobooks. Booo.
Edit: Though, I am going over to a friend's house for my birthday dinner on Saturday and we are going to watch Dale and Tucker v. Evil (so funny) and maybe The Lighthouse (we saw this at the little indie theater when it first came out and the constant foghorn was soooo cool, but I can't stand Robert Pattinson). These are the same friends that watched TPotD with me.
I like them, too! I have been listening to them while sewing.
I can't concentrate when working, though, if there are vocals that say words (my brain focuses on trying to understand them), so I listen to Anamnesis (I especially like to listen to this when reading heavy science fiction - but that isn't for work), Oak Song, or Osmosis. I usually leave the sliders as they are preset, but in the case of Twin Black Lodges, for instance, the right most slider makes my dogs bark if it is set too high, so I turn that one down.
Also, I have to admit I restarted the Welcome to Night Vale podcast right from the beginning last night. It first came out in 2013 and that was a rough time, but the podcast (and, the crazy Sherlock/Supernatural/Doctor Who fandom, tbh) gave me such comfort, with its underlying snarky social commentary, its way of dealing with existential dread (head on), and its humor. ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD.
Solange. Frustrated that I'm still not feeling her music. What is wrong with me lol? Everyone says she's a genius.
When I was in elementary school (13 years old), I remember our teacher telling us that the music we liked right then would be the music we still liked when we grew up. She used herself as an example - she brought in a poster of The Who and told us why she liked them so much. To us, it was old-people music, but she was absolutely right! I have no patience for “different” or experimental stuff. I still prefer the 1970s music, no matter how bad people say it is. I do like more current music too, of course, but nothing beats the old stuff!
I liked the Beatles when I was a teen and still like them. But by the time I graduated from high school Classical music was my music of choice - started with Mendelson and exploded with Mozart and Vivaldi. Still prefer Mozart to anything else. Dan was always (nd currently still is) highly selective about the music he listens to when he was younger he listened to nothing except Gorden Lightfoot and Beethoven. And that's still his preference. Although he learned to like Springsteen. And since the pandemic struck he's had a thing for the Seekers.
We also "discovered" The Be Good Tanyas and even once flew to a concert of theirs in Ottawa because we loved their music soooo much!
Most of today's music isn't in my wheelhouse. I don't care for most of it. I'd rather sit in silence rather than listen to today's modern music. Most of the time if I do have music on I'd rather it be purely instrumental soft jazz.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
The boys in our class all liked Kiss back then! Besides the usual 70s stuff, I was also exposed to lots of British music through my Irish best friend. I have vivid memories of sitting on her living room floor listening to Elton John, David Bowie and Cliff Richard. Yes, I know they were popular here anyway, but much more so in the UK.
I’m sure I still have one of those Hits of the 70s albums somewhere!
Totally agree that there's nothing like the old stuff. In fact, I'm going to play some Boney M right now!
There have been a handful of artists that I didn't click with immediately, but usually when I try again at a later time, I can start to appreciate their music. But with Solange, no matter how hard I try, it's just not working. It frustrated me when everyone in my circle would constantly label her a genius because then I feel dumb for not understanding the appeal.
Sometimes, people say things without really understanding what it means or why it is that they are saying it, because if they don't say it, that means they don't get it and they won't fit in. Maybe it is like that.
I only listened to the one song you linked, so I can hardly attest that this is genius level, but that song feels like a combination of experimental music, spoken word, and stream of consciousness. The different annunciations (? emphasis? maybe?) and speed of speaking the line (or each word) each time brings an entirely different meaning to the phrase. The song feels like an exploration of that.