iPod Heaven

So I’m sitting in the Wickliffe Arabica at the moment, doing a little web surfing, and totally enjoying the 6Mbps (6 mips) bandwidth on my mighty little iBook…

I’d be at home, normally, and if I was surfing, I’d be enjoying a nifty 2.8Mbps bandwidth — which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. I recently upgraded my DSL service (and lowered my monthly bill at the same time) to the higher speed, and I’m glad I did.

Still, there comes a time when you have to get out of the house and change your environment. My little white friend makes it possible.

So all of a sudden, without my knowledge, some guy starts playing a guitar in the other room. Yes, I know, he was hired to entertain, but I really can’t stand what he is playing.

Just not my cup of tea — or coffee, as the current case may be.

No offense, and none directed to the entertainer, but if I had a choice between him and listening to my toilet flush, I’d pick the toilet, sorry…

So what’s a guy to do? Heavens to Murgatroid!

Well, I whipped out my other little white friend — my trusty iPod. I donned my earplugs and turned it on. Pat Metheny Group… “Travels”… “Are You Going With Me?”… turn up the volume… and I’m…

…gone — iPod Heaven.

I have to admit, the iPod is a pretty cool device. I haven’t packed it full of my music — only about 2.5GB worth — but that’s enough. I don’t need to have my entire music collection with me, and my iPod Mini (OK, so it’s silver! Poetic license? Maybe?) wouldn’t hold it all, anyway.

Besides, when I really take a good look at what I listen to, I really only listen to about half of my music collection anyway. So I synched it up with some of my favorites: a little jazz, some blues, some classic rock, some flamenco, a bit of avant-garde guitar music, a little classical, and some of my more eclectic stuff.

And I’m happy with that. If I want more, I’ll put more on, but right now, I have what I want. Here’s a cross-section: Pat Metheny Group, Santana, Beck, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, DiMeola McLaughlin & DeLucia, Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Ottmar Liebert, Oscar Lopez, Mark Snow, Golden Earring, Frank Sinatra (you bet!), The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo (great background music for those creative moments), Bèla Fleck, Billy Joel, U2, Cleveland Orchestra/Beethoven and Mozart, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Diamond…

A little variety never hurt anybody, as my grandmother used to say…

It’s a great invention. I’m glad I bought it. Now don’t have to lug around all those vinyl albums anymore — they were getting heavy!

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