How much time do you devote to listening? And I do mean, serious, unadulterated listening? In academia, we called this "active listening." Do we have enough time in life to enjoy recordings? I'm making great progress on my CD scanning project--re-ripping CDs, and scanning their covers for inclusion in iTunes, but how many really get a good, serious spin? Tonight I decided to focus on Concerto Italiano recordings, after reading a piece/interview with Alessandrini, the director. He started his Concerto Italiano, evidently, with Fabio Biondi. I much prefer Biondi's readings, but CI can be elegant and a little less intense. I had a good discussion at work recently about listening to music, and multitasking. A colleague reported always doing school work as a child with music or television. We today both manage multitasking well, but I still think the quality of my work improves without distractions. Listening to good music, like this track of CI performing a Bach cantata sinfonia (from the A Portrait CD), only grabs my full attention, and writing/concentration is all lost.