In term-time, by the time I have finished teaching for the day – several school in the day-time, and piano teaching until around 6:30 or 7 pm, and then cooked and eaten my evening meal, my ears are just about finished as far as listening to anything or anyone is concerned.
We tend to just sit in front of the television, vaguely watching what is going on, and vaguely reading or vaguely browsing the internet.
When we had a wonderful long weekend in Dover Castle we rediscovered the pleasure of enjoying the radio – classic FM, as it happened, as we had a decent signal. For three long, gentle evenings we sat and listened to their evening programming while we read, or, even just listened!
Well, term got back under way and so did the TV habit. Now, halfway through July, things are easing off, and we are once again rediscovering the joy of listening to music instead of watching television. This is helped, of course, by the wonderful proms season.
As I type this, the Dr Who prom is well underway. It will be broadcast on television later, but I am enjoying just listening, and using my ears properly.
You can find full details of all the proms concerts here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms
the full programme and television schedule here: