December 07, 2005

bad things happen when i'm left to my own devices

I went home yesterday, excited that my father was making burritos for dinner. Gosh, I am SO ADDICTED to mexican food (even poorly-made, white-trashy "mexican food")! Anyways, I got home and ate a whole bunch and then had basically nothing left to do for the entire night. Typically I'll get on the iBook and chat with Erik, but he was out last night, so I was left to entertain myself. And that's just never a good idea.

I put "The Simpsons Complete Fifth Season" in the DVD player in the iMac and started surfing the net. I scanned some blogs that I frequent, kept checking MySpace for new mail or comments or anything (I'm not particularly popular), and decided to do a few updates to my own blog.

Somehow, I stumbled onto the iTunes Music Store searching for "the saddest music in the world". I love sad, sad classical music. Music-to-slit-your-wrists-by, as some call it - but with strings! I'm particularly fond of Samuel Barber's "Adagio For Strings", and I've been known to enjoy Henri Gorecki's Symphony No.3, and Albinoni's "Adagio for Organ and Strings in G Minor". I was browsing through the iTMS, not really knowing where to begin my search, but ended up browsing through their Essentials collections.

Somehow the folks at the iTunes Music Store have rounded up lists of "Essential" tracks by artists, and within genres. Need to find the best of the best tracks of 80's One-Hit Wonders? The iTunes Music Store has done that research for you. So when I happened upon their "Classical 101" Essentials list, I had a grand old time previewing the 73 available tracks... and then I BOUGHT THE WHOLE SET!!!

Yes, I spent just over $73 on 73 pieces of "Essential" classical music. I spent this morning listening to Copland's "Fanfare For the Common Man" and Faure's "Requiem, Op.48: 4. Pie Jesu". I can't WAIT to update my iPod with all this hoity-toity music!

Oh, one more iTunes-related note. During the hefty download sequence involved in acquiring 73 individual tracks, I listened to the premiere podcast from Ricky Gervais and pals. It was an entertaining listen, hearing The Rickster and Stephen Merchant berate their round-faced pal, Karl Pilkington, for his, shall-we-say, less-than-learned theories. I highly recommend subscribing to these podcasts.


posted by julie at December 7, 2005 11:01 AM


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