While I was in Australia I listened to the Thanksgiving Cowboys/Eagles game online. I obviously couldn’t get it on TV so it was my only option. My dad is from Philadelphia and I’m originally from Pennsylvania, so I’m a huge Eagles fan. Tonight I’m exhausted after four gigs in a row and a day in the studio. It’s rainy in Austin, and I enjoyed listening to the game in Australia, so I thought I would listen to the game on the radio tonight. I’m amazed at how much I enjoy listening to the games on the radio. Watching them on TV is better, but I have to say that listening to them is better than watching them on TV without sound. I can’t stand it when I go to a bar and my game is on, but it is not the one with sound on. At least for me I’ve realized that the sound of a game is just as important, if not more important than the visual side of it.
When you are listening to something, whether it is music or sports, the imagination takes over. Radio really is “theater of the mind”. It’s amazing how the human brain, if you are reading or you are listening to something, can create a whole visual world with simply sound or letters on a page.
Postscript: It’s amazing how much swearing mere sound can incite.