I watch too much TV. I admit it. It is a problem that I have.
For years I did not even own a TV, let alone have any idea what was actually on. Now, however, it is all that I do when I come home from work.
It helps me unwind. It keeps my mind off the other issues that I have in my life and I get lost in some of the stories that I watch.
Of course there are only a handful of channels and a few programs that I watch all the time, and many others that I will not even remotely come near when they are on.
I pretty much hate all reality TV. All the stupid make me a star programs are redundant and overplayed. In fact I do not watch much network TV at all.
But enough about TV. What I need to do is stop turning it on when I get home.
Recently I have been trying to listen to music while I do other things around the house, like clean or read and that typically puts me in a much better mood than when I watch TV.
It definitely changes the mood of the rest of the evening.
Sometimes I even stream my music at work and that makes the day go incredibly fast.
I cycle through my music depending on how I feel, but some days I just need some of my go to artists.
Today it's Jimi Hendrix. Other days its John Coltrane or Miles Davis... if I really feel like it I listen to some heavy guitar jazz like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, or even some of the Flamingo guitarists like Paco De Lucia.
Of course sometimes a little Grateful Dead will suit my mood. I was once a pretty big deadhead, even following them around a bit. Its not everyday that I feel like listening to them but some days it just takes me back to the times I had with some good friends and good music and I smile.
Maybe tonight when I get home, instead of turning on the TV I will play some music... who knows what mood I will be in so I have no idea which direction I will go... maybe a little Frank Zappa.