When is the last time you listened to an album from beginning to end? And sticking it on in the background while working on the computer, talking on the phone or doing chores around the house does not count.
Sitting down and giving the album your full attention. For many of us, it has been awhile.
Hearing is like breathing and smelling – it does not require an active, directed effort; we do it subconciously.
When we want to look at something, we direct our gaze toward the object; when we want to touch something, we must reach out.
In short, we have to focus our attention. Hearing, however, is different as we constantly hear 360 degrees around us.
We can hear things going on in the other room while we chat to a friend whether or not we are trying to listen.
We cannot shut our ears and therefore we often take our sense of hearing for granted.
On the first Sunday of the month, people are encouraged to sit down with friends and listen to a selected classic album.
There are suggested guidelines such as having time for small talk before the listening session gets under way and turning off all mobile phones (Yes!).
Of course, these are all suggestions and it is hoped that is will cross-pollinate with people starting their own listening movements and selecting their own classic records.
As a follow up to the first listening session of Marvin Gayeâ€™s â€œWhatâ€™s Going Onâ€ (it was quite â€œa hitâ€ ;), the next session is Sunday, 5 September at 9 pm and the album of choice is Pink Floydâ€™s â€œDark Side of the Moonâ€.
So come on and join DarkStarr and please share your thoughts, experiences and suggestions on DarkStarr Facebook page.
In the words of Pink Floydâ€¦
â€œHome, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
Itâ€™s good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.â€