It is a little known fact that some ago, I started carrying around an HP iPaq about a year ago. Work bought it for me when there was spare bucks in the budget that had to be spent, and I thought it’d be a handy replacement for a pad of paper and Franklin Planner.
Mostly, I use it for games, the MobiPocket Reader with the entire useful gospel library, and also as an improvised iPod. It has a 2 Gig memory chip, which holds plenty of MP3s. For a few months, I had a whole bunch of songs on there, and would listen to it while driving, since my car doesn’t have a radio. More recently, however, I took off all the songs, and downloaded the Book of Mormon in audio in English, the last General Conference in French, and the entire audio book of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in French, and I listen to that stuff while commuting, either in my car or on BART.
Recently, however, I’ve been jonesing for some more music. Succumbing to a desire for some church-related music, I went to lds.org and downloaded all the songs I could find.
But then I listened to them.
Oh boy how awful! I’ve never heard such boring renditions of the hymns! A typical song will have a violin and piano playing the exact same tune, and a small group of voices singing along in their parts. However, they use the absolutely slowest tempo for that song, sing in somber tones with the words not so much being enunciated than simply being notes carried. Some songs have some sort of brass instrument playing along, but in all the songs, the violin fairly well drowns out the voices, and piano is barely audible, and it all just melds together into a mash of somber sound sung slowly.
So much for that idea.