Sit Quietly and Listen

French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal once said:

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

I would pose that the collector geek’s corollary to that axiom is:

Music collectors’ empty pockets stem from their inability to sit quietly in a room and listen to the same music twice.”

I am currently reading The Black Swan.  Nassim N. Taleb‘s explanation of “hedonic happiness” struck a chord with me:

As a matter of fact, your happiness depends far more on the number of instances of positive feelings, what psychologists call ‘positive affect,’ than on their intensity when they hit.  In other words, good news is good news first; how good matters rather little.  So to have a pleasant life you should spread these small ‘affects’ across time as evenly as possible.  Plenty of mildly good news is preferable to one single lump of good news.”  (p. 91)

And this explains why I am back on ebay hunting for an underpriced copy of the promo CD of Lana Del Rey‘s “Summertime Sadness” with the great Cedric Gervais remix . . .

. . . even before the long sought and finally found cheap copy of Sky Ferreira’s first single, “One” . . .

. . . has reached my mailbox, much less my stereo.  Of course, I downloaded copies of both some time ago, but I want these trophies mounted on my shelves.

Speaking of sitting in a room, Brodo has added nice animation to Alvin Lucier’s original 1969 recording of his classic and extremely influential piece of electroacoustic music, “I Am Sitting in a Room“:

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