column on listening is worth a read whatever your own music endeavors or instrument.
Why? Because most of us have lost the ability to buckle down and do absolutely nothing but listen to music. We're busy - we have journals to read, smartphones crying out for our attention, children to mind, dishes to do, bills to sort. All of which can be so easily done with a bit of background music.
Further, we all know what music we like - and that's what we listen to. However, Laurie suggests ways in which focused listening - and listening outside your own specialty - can move you forward.
Of course, if you have no need for improvement, you can skip all of this! (Just kidding, of course.)