You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

Let’s be honest: we often take important things for granted, despite our best intentions.

Being deprived of something that has become a regular, expected part of life can bring us to a screeching halt. Despite the immediate inconvenience, there can also be a silver lining.

For example, I recently lost my voice — NOT a good thing for someone who works in radio! However, there was a positive aspect to my imposed silence: music. I normally listen to a lot of music, as you’d expect. And while I do listen for pleasure, a LOT of my music listening is for my work on Sunday Baroque. But during my laryngitis, I listened to more music and more varied music than usual. What a pleasure it was to reconnect with music that had migrated to the bottom of my usual playlist, and to reconnect with the practice of listening to music purely for pleasure.

It’s a great reminder that we need not wait for the inconvenience of an involuntary deprivation to be mindful of things we care about, and to reconnect with semi-forgotten things we enjoy that might be outside our established daily routines. I look forward to making more time to listening to music for pure fun. (And I look forward to getting my voice back!)



5 comments on “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone

  1. Sacha Dreblow on

    Best wishes for your quick recovery, from Montana, and brava for your gained insight. Thanks for all the great work you and your staff do to keep the rest of us well-connected to the music we love.

  2. Raymond Harrison on

    Suzanne – Just wanted to tell you that I purchased Violin Concertos by Bach, Bonporti, and Vivaldi by Collegium Musicum 90 after you played the Bonporti Concerto several weeks ago. I have found it to be one of my favorite recordings! Thank you for your wonderful program! Raymond

      • Clara Herrin on

        Suzanne…I wake up every Sunday morning to your excellent program. I enjoy hearing music I would not otherwise have an opportunity to hear. I’ve been a singer all my life and wouldn’t know what to do without my music. So, it won’t surprise you to know that I have an extensive CD collection. So…I was wondering if you accept CDs that have been very lightly played. I have one called Renaissance Love Songs and would be happy to send it to you to play during your program. You may keep it. Please get back to me. Thanks for all your wonderful music.

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