4) watch BBC miniseries like there’s no tomorrow
For starters, they are all originally novels. The are also all set in 19th century England. And I have watched each of them while here in Ukraine. My favorite is probably Bleak House, though I
could listen to North and South‘s soundtrack for hours and the characters in David Copperfield were expertly played. If you do watch Bleak House (and I highly recommend that you do) and you know you’ve seen Mr. Jarndyce before but can’t quite place him, try the original Star Wars movies and a character whose code name is Red Leader in the final battle …
5) change up your music listening habits
How I normally listen to music: one album at a time, straight through, concentration intense towards the beginning of the album and tapering off towards the end, not because of any lacking musical quality because of my own pitiful and waning attention.
How I’ve been listening to music since Advent: 1) I type words – like peace or run or come – into the search box in iTunes and listen to the songs that come up; 2) I pick a theme, like Epiphany or a slow-coming spring, and create a playlist. I still think the best way to appreciate music is to listen to the album all the way through – how many stories these songs tell – but I am forced to hear the individual songs in different ways when there is something new tying all of them together.