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PostIn Praise of the Loud (John Heelan, UK, 03/27/17 2:07 pm)
JE asked on 26 March: "Dies Irae--Day of Wrath--sounds downright dangerous when plugged into your skull and cranked up to eleven. Are you sure that's a good idea, John?"
Probably not! But then I soothe my reverberating eardrums with something gentle like "Lux Aterna" before reverting to my "down in the dumps" gym playlists of Heavy Metal (Whitesnake, Queen, etc), Amy Whitehouse, Eurythmics, Gypsy Kings and the mellifluous voice of Karen Carpenter among others.
When we lived in a rural hamlet on top of a hill, we could hear my wife arriving home after a tough day at college/uni as her car bounced up the hill to the heavy bass-thumping strains of Whitesnake's "Would I lie to you." Nowadays it is the more sedate tones of Ashkenazi playing Rachmaninoff. Age is creeping up on us both.
JE comments: Whitesnake chez Heelan? Who woulda thunk it? It was the successor band to the jazzy metal strains of Deep Purple, so the 'Snake does have some artistic cred.
Another who'da thunk it--the popularity of Karen Carpenter among the WAISitudes. Try this one on for size: "I'm on the Top of the World Association of International Studies..."