I just fell asleep at work. Â I’m so tired, after staying up late working on a lecture for today. Â A friend invited me to speak about listening and the subway, and it was the first time I had presented on my dissertation material in lecture format. Â It was also the first time I had given a lecture based primarily on historical material. Â As a popular music scholar, I have been fortunate to have a bevy of multimedia examples with which to pepper my lecture, keeping students interested and breaking up the presentation of information into bite-sized segments no longer than 20 minutes each. Â But speaking about newspaper articles from 1904 was surprisingly difficult to do for 75 minutes.
I’m realizing that the archival element of my dissertation, which is coalescing into a historical account of the changing soundscape of the NYC subway system, is much better suited to writing than to speaking. Â This is something I will have to work with, as I expect to speak about it much more in the future.