So, my new web find...
No, I didn't find a new "liberal arts" site.A friend turned me onto a site I love, and as an added bonus it doesn't keep me glued to the screen or the keyboard. I can keep busy at my desk or easel and enjoy it without even looking. (Unlike the hours that have been lost to games somebody's sister posted. You know who you are.)
The site is Pandora - The Music Genome Project. Intrigued by the title? I was too. Try it out. You log on, plug in a few names of your favorite singers or songs (even the obscure) and it begins streaming audio of music it chooses based on your preferences. If it plays something you don't like, give it a thumbs down, and it recalculates and plays something else in the genre of your choosing. You actually create your own radio stations, with no audible commercials.
I have one station that's mellow with ballads and folksingers and another one full of heinous rock and roll complete with trashy electric guitar solos. The oldies mix with the new. Folkies playing now...John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen to Cat Stevens and Donovon.
I think music is therapeutic. I usually play CD's but my library is limited. I listen to public radio, but have to leave when they start playing polka or droning on about global warming or politics. ( I get my news from Jon Stewart LOL) My vinyl collection is huge, but changing the disc on the turntable isn't conducive to working, so this is a great find.
Speaking of working, I'm still at it. I completed two large canvases of Italian landscapes for a commission before I left. Sorry can't share, I don't own the copy write...it was work for hire. Not a big deal, I was a hired brush, much like in my previous life. Money is good though, but I prefer to play on my own without fulfilling someone else's expectations.
I have three works in progress at the moment and will share when I decide one is done. (always hard to tell)