iPod effect

Thanks to my iPod, I have been rediscovering music I haven't listened to for years, and discovering music I didn't know I had. The convenience of having 3500 tunes contained in a slab of metal the size of a wallet has changed my listening habits completely.

Most notably, I have discovered the works of Alexander Scriabin, a Russian composer who has been too often shunted aside due to the complexity of his work, his obvious insanity, and the sheer quantity of compositions he produced. Although he died in 1915, Scriabin was, in many ways, a modern composer.

Most of all, however, you sense in Scriabin a big heart. His piano concerto is right up their with Tchaikovsky's, Rachmaninoff's or Greig's. It isn't as complex as his other works, and it brims with sheer humanity and warmth.

Scriabin had a condition whereby he experienced all sound as color. Not surprisingly, the tone colors in his music are subtle and rich.

The recording of Scriabin's piano concerto has been on my shelf for at least fifteen years. I didn't listen to the recording until I put it on my iPod, which enabled me to hear it while driving in my pickup.

Sometimes technology does enrich one's life.