Avoid Coronavirus: Listen to Music

Coronavirus.

It’s everywhere I turn, and it doesn’t look like escape from exposure is happening anytime soon.

On my phone, or laptop, when I read the New York Times it has surpassed Trump in snatching headlines and column inches.

I have a TV, but don’t have television per se, instead ceding LED time to HBO, Prime, Netflix, etc., without any major network interference. But, when I visit family I turn on CNN or the BBC and the virus is there too.

Add in that it comes up in conversation daily with my grown children, my partner, other journalists and friends – and I can’t seem to shake it.

And now, my favorite high-fidelity trade show – High End Munich – has fallen victim to the disease. Cancelled amid growing health concerns of a possible pandemic the likes of which cable-news pundits seem bent on comparing to the Spanish Flu catastrophe of 1918.

I’m considering buying masks approved for blocking transmission of COVID-19 to wear when I have to go out to the supermarket, bank or post office – an idea that makes me uneasy as it brings the real and imagined dangers around the disease too close to home.

The only place I can seem to find solace from the impending viral menace is when I’m streaming music, or dropping the needle in a groove – kicking back, pouring over liner notes or it’s Roon equivalent – while I write or review gear for publication.

Perhaps there’s something to that. Perhaps my favorite thing to do could ultimately help protect me. Is the idea of listening to music as a way to combat exposure that novel?

Socializing – at best for someone with a one-year-old daughter like me – usually involves meeting a friend or two for a drink, or hitting local record stores to talk new music with other crate diggers or staff. I don’t ride the train or bus to an office any longer, so I’m not at risk there, and I don’t play on a hockey, soccer or basketball team to exercise or hang with buddies. Live shows? Unfortunately, not since the baby came.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the introverted nature of this hobby I’ve adopted over the last decade may work to my advantage in this time of possible flu outbreaks. After all, it’s no stretch to label me a member of a tribe who prefers the company of a good sound system and a great album to another human being or going out for the evening (half the time).

When everyone is being cautioned about going out in public to avoid Coronavirus transmission, to be vigilant in hand washing, to work from home, to avoid crowds or socializing until the threat of infection passes, then maybe pushing play on TIDAL or Qobuz or getting the platter up to speed with a favorite LP really is the way to go.

COMMENTS
agb's picture

Rafe,

Watching CNN & BBC is a 100% waste of time. Theirs is programming, like Aesop's, made for children. 100% propaganda. I refer you for a deeper understanding of it here: https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-8/rcp-agit-prop.htm

Refer you to the first paragraph.

FOX News on the other hand, is only 50% propaganda, and I refer you to the Shorenstein Center's HARVARD study here: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2017/05/21/harvard_study_cnn_nbc_trump...

I can say this as fact, for unlike most Americans, I have the historical perspective with one foot planted on two continents right at this moment. HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE1FX0Uf01I

What you just saw was 1956. Take a good look at history that is instructive. It's not that history repeats itself. It does. However, it repeats itself, if not exactly the same way.

What you'll see today is this history: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2019/02/05/these-are-the-t...

And this: https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/budapest-leads-global-cities-in-r...

And a nation of happy people you do not see in the USA here, because all CNN and BBC report are about unhappy people - reducing your expectations and hiding those who have done better and are happier than the culture CNN, BBC, and allied media are promoting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6G26rLsryQ

Why am I saying it? Because the difference between ignorance and genius is, the later sees the obvious. The former vote against themselves because they watch the media they choose to watch.

As for the robotic, same talking points propaganda from the NY Times, Washington Post, NBC, PBS, CNN, BBC, the EU and the rest?

Understand it HERE: https://www.amren.com/features/2019/06/hungary-illiberal-democracy-in-ac...

That like-kind propaganda about another nation most of us had barely heard about, and those the media cited don't like (among them is Israel), is aimed the very same way at the United States and the UK, and both administrations of those nations by both CNN International and BBC.

I rest my case.

Protect yourselves from the coronavirus and stay home pursuant to Rafe's recommendation.

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