Every week, I look forward to a new installment of The Omnivorous Listener so I can read about what my friends and colleagues have to say about their own listening. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how people who have careers in music might listen differently than others. I also wonder how a musicologist is supposed to listen?
Let’s think about this term “omnivorous listening” for a moment. The concept excites me when I contemplate the listening part, but it dismays me I’m when faced with writing about it. Excitement still wins out, however, because boundless musical curiosity and discovery have always been guiding forces in my life.