How to Listen to Music

12 Jan 2017 · 9 min read



I can determine with some precision when music began to matter to me. Until I was about 12 1/2, music was something that played in the background at times, but to which I paid no real attention. I heard it mostly on AM radio. It meant nothing to me. Then, quite suddenly, with no warning, in the middle of January, 1964, I heard The Beatles for the first time, singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” It’s hard to overstate what a shock this was.

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