In the last few weeks I felt like something was wrong with my ears. I wasn’t hearing as well, there some ringing. And then in the last two days my left ear seemed to close off completely, while my right felt almost closed. It felt like an infection, some pain. So I went to an ENT doctor today and it was just some wax that was down deep (talking about ears is really disgusting, sorry). They had a syringe and vacuum and they cleaned it out and I feel like I am hearing better than I ever have. Walking back to the subway I was taking pleasure in the the sound of squeaking of doors opening, shoes clicking on the sidewalk. Good reminder not to take it for granted.
My doctor knew of and liked Pitchfork and that made me happy. I confided in him, told him how important my hearing was to me, that it was the source of my livelihood and many of my greatest pleasures in life. He seemed like he understood. I felt like he was committed to helping me hear well. I joked that I’d turn him on to some good records if he could solve this problem. He said he hadn’t had much time for Pitchfork since he finished med school, too busy getting his practice going.
So right now I’m in the office listening to this track loudly and it sounds wonderful. It’s Random, Inc., from a 2003 album called Walking in Jerusalem. A beautiful record and very underrated (though not be me—I gave it an 8.4, ha). It’s a re-working of a Tim Hecker track and you can certainly tell. It’s called “Random, Inc. Meets Tim Hecker In Musrara (Morasha)”. This is the kind of thing I’d usually post to invisible music (which I updated last night about 4 a.m., during a bout of insomnia). But I’m making it visible because I’m celebrating being able to hear it.