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Week 1 of a Month W/O Music

List is the last 7 albums I listened to in September. Descriptions are my notes taken on those days.
1Sufjan Stevens
The Age of Adz

Setting the scene: I’m going a month without *actively* listening to music as a self-experiment (whatever I hear in the grocer, a friends’ car, etc., whatever). This is a part of the whole “Sober October” deal, so I’m also going the month without drinking, as well as decreasing my coffee intake. I’m doing the “Sober October” thing with peers, and we’re all supplementing the behavior we’re giving up with a different, “healthy” one. My supplemental behavior is to read a 300-400pg fictional novel within this months’ span - I haven’t read a fictional novel in years.

This morning working out without music was fine. I even chose to run on the busy road my house rests on - something I normally wouldn’t do bc I knew having music in my ears would be dangerous.

My day is calm, which was to be expected. I’ve done this for a singular day many times before. I don’t climax out to GY!BE on my way to school.
2Stars of the Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

My day feels less compartmentalized, and more fluid. There isn’t “waking up,” “exercise,” “commute,” “class,” etc. It’s one long tie between events.

I want to listen to Witness by Modern Life is War real bad.

Studying in common area, all is well. Rambunctious group seats next to me. Use “Nature Sounds” as white noise to help focus. Moved to library, super quiet. Calm.

3 cups of coffee today (1 Eight O’Clock, 1 Perc, 1 Charbucks), 1 cup green tea, 1 cup oolong.

My phone screen time was less than 1 hour today (2 hours below avg, apparently), don’t know if this is correlated yet.
Morals and Dogma

WEDNESDAY, 2Waking up, “All is Full of Love” is stuck in my head. I wonder if there will be points in this month I’ll crave a particular album or song for emotional healing/refuge, and what it will mean to deny myself from listening to it.

Starting off this morning with two cups of coffee, Perc. Yowza. Perc’s Guatemala Ixlama blend. I bought it bc I like Perc and it’s on sale, has “notes” of sweet plum & brown sugar, but in this roast the brown sugar comes in heavy. Usually enjoy Guatemalan coffee, but this is probably my least favorite I’ve had so far.

Feel less hot today. I spend the first 3 hours of my workday unloading an 18-wheeler. Kinda dragged without music to listen to at some point.

Evening. Have had 3 cups coffee, 1 cup Earl Grey. 3 cups of coffee wasn’t even worth it. Really gonna aim for 2 tomorrow.

Feel more confident about this whole thing today. Maybe it fares me better days I don’t work and instead school.

Might be supplementing with podcasts too much. I’ve listened to MBMBAM regularly for a year now, nothing new. This month I’ve picked up listening to “Zen Studies Podcast,” “2 Bears 1 Cave,” and “Revolutions.” Revolutions is particularly interesting, highly recommend. About the great historical revolutions.

The difference between podcasts and music, though, is after 1.5 episodes of a podcast I get sick of listening to podcasts. Whereas, with music, left with my own devices I could listen to hours and hours of music before feeling oversaturated.

Coffee was 2, 1 Earl Grey 1 Green
5Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again

I’m really surprised how smooth this is going.

Two cups coffee, 1 Earl Grey

I commented on the Homogenic thread the other day. I got Björk stuck in my head all morning - Pagan Poetry. Her and Bowie I consider the greatest solo pop artists of all time. They’re freaks. Björk is able to convey her true feelings so intimately with her music, it’s touching.

Have been supplementing music with podcasts, again. Particularly podcasts about leftist thought. Can feel agitation and anger course through me, my punk heart. Bakunin had some real pie-in-the-sky end-term visions, but really learning about him in-depth for the first time, it’s nice to hear his more compassionate view of humans in general. A much more understanding spirit than say Marx.

I honestly think, after this month is over, I’ll not divulge in as much music-listening as I used to.
Last night I drove a couple peers around (who are also doing a Sober October deal), & they were about trying out the silence in my car. It made conversation more resound. Words stuck harder. It outlines the large gaps between conversation.

MONDAY, 8: I didn't write any notes on this day. But overall reflection: I've picked up the habit of using podcasts to supplement music. However, I certainly spend less time listening to podcasts than I do music. With this second week coming, I'll be making an effort to decrease how much podcasting I do in order to be more in line with the objective of this month of living Quietly. Though through this experiment I've learned about a handful of new podcasts I enjoy. Revolutions, Left Eyes, Hey Riddle Riddle.
Cutting back on coffee is pretty shot: This is midterm season & I've really had to break myself backwards to perform OK in school.
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