GETTING MORE TALE #741: Homework
Teachers and counsellors used to tell us it was OK to listen to music when you’re studying, but don’t play things you like so much that you find it distracting. Nothing you love too much, nor anything you hate.
That was always a problem for me as a kid. I loved music! Then and now.
There were always a few albums that hadn’t clicked with me. In 1992 I was studying for exams, and I chose Mr. Bungle’s debut to do it. I was also working with the belief that listening to more complex music got your brain juices flowing even better. I had my method for studying, and I really don’t think music had much impact. I just remember choosing Mr. Bundgle for the reason that it was complex, and I didn’t get it.
When I was younger, in highschool, I remember listening to a lot of different things while studying. I had a vinyl phase in early 1988. I was 30 years ahead of the hipsters. My sister and I had discovered B-sides in the singles rack at the local Zellers store. Def Leppard’s “Ride Into the Sun” was playing in store, and my ears perked up. I knew it was Leppard, but I never heard that song before! Another single I purchased at that time was Triumph’s “Let The Light (Shine On Me)”. Rik Emmett played it a few weeks earlier live and acoustic on the Power Hour. The single got quite a few spins while I was doing my homework that winter.
For some reason, Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind was also on the turntable a lot while studying that year. I may have purchased the record off Bob, because I am sure I got it from him. There were a couple songs I played repeatedly. One was “Still Life” and the other was “Sun and Steel”. At that age, Bob and I thought we could really sing like Bruce Dickinson if we worked hard enough at it. Those were two songs I was practising at the time!
Listening to music while studying seemed to work for me, but I will admit to one distraction.
Do you remember when Wayne’s World came out on home video? The first releases came with a free pair of Wayne’s World drum sticks. My sister bought the video and got the sticks. However, I would frequently steal them and claim that I needed them to study. It wasn’t untrue. A lot of the time, I would pound out a beat on the bed while I was memorising names, dates and events. However, other times I was just playing a solo. Probably most of the time!
One could argue that drumming on the bed eventually led to my degree.
Hey, the teachers and counsellors also told us to take breaks from studying. Sometimes mine were the length of a song…or several!