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    I generally start out with some sort of theme and am pretty good at maintaining that throughout a listening session. I deviate from it when I find that my chosen theme (prog, blues, whatever) isn't fully capturing my attention, and then I'm all over the place after that. I can go from Janos Starker to Ozzie to Linda Ronstadt or perhaps an album (any genre) I haven't heard in years.

    Today I decided on an Aussie/Kiwi theme and have put aside some Split Enz, Crowded House, Squeeze, INXS, Midnight Oil, Men At Work, AC/DC and I might even throw on some BeeGees (although technically they're British).

    What about you guys? How do you approach your listening sessions?

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    With me being all digital at the moment I have the flexibility with the Aurender to mix and match anything within my collection at a swipe of my finger. I do try to pick full albums and listen to them in there entirety. I really have no method I just scroll and pick what I want to hear based on my current mood.

    I found another box of LPs I purchased back in the 80s so I am anxious to get my Dr Frankenstein turntable table finished.
    Marty

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    • #3
      Originally posted by nc42acc View Post
      With me being all digital at the moment I have the flexibility with the Aurender to mix and match anything within my collection at a swipe of my finger. I do try to pick full albums and listen to them in there entirety. I really have no method I just scroll and pick what I want to hear based on my current mood.

      I found another box of LPs I purchased back in the 80s so I am anxious to get my Dr Frankenstein turntable table finished.
      When I'm enjoying my PC FLAC files I don't have a theme. I play stuff at random and that's cool...I enjoy it.

      There was some great music in the 80's. IMO, the last decade of truly great music.
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        nc42acc commented
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        I felt like a kid on Christmas morning John, I knew I had the LPs but thought they were long gone.

    • #4
      No theme here unless VARIETY can be considered a theme? The session usually goes with some digital, mostly vinyl, at least one side of a record and as much of the digital as sounds good. Genres and styles of music mixed up and in no certain order.
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      • #5
        Depends on the day. Some nights it's the classical composers that I like most, heavy into Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi. Some nights it's female vocalists ranging from Sara Vaughn to Patsy Cline to Sheila Chandra. After a bad day it's something with serious bass so as to lean back and let the sound buffet over me in huge waves washing away the psychic flotsam of the day.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
          I generally start out with some sort of theme and am pretty good at maintaining that throughout a listening session. I deviate from it when I find that my chosen theme (prog, blues, whatever) isn't fully capturing my attention, and then I'm all over the place after that. I can go from Janos Starker to Ozzie to Linda Ronstadt or perhaps an album (any genre) I haven't heard in years.

          Today I decided on an Aussie/Kiwi theme and have put aside some Split Enz, Crowded House, Squeeze, INXS, Midnight Oil, Men At Work, AC/DC and I might even throw on some BeeGees (although technically they're British).

          What about you guys? How do you approach your listening sessions?
          Not an easy question.

          I was thinking what I listen to on non-reviewing evenings. Sometimes I get into jazz guitar. Sometimes it's vocalists. Sometimes it's percussion music.

          Then the light went off.

          What usually determines what I listen to is what records came in the mail that week. Always seems to be a backlog.
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