The Music: Project Lt. Morning is one crazy guy (aka me) listening to music on repeat at work for an entire week then writing a review about it over the weekend. I’m trying to review all of the albums currently found on my 64GB microSD card in alphabetical order. This will take many years and cover a wide range of genres. I occasionally break up the monotony by switching temporarily to themed reviews. I do on occasion add new music to my microSD card but I still continue on with the alphabetical order so not all new music will get reviewed. I also don’t review EPs anymore as listening to them on repeat nearly drove me crazy.
Preparing for Writing: The average review contains roughly 45+ hours of listening time prior to writing it. Usually, before I write the review I will listen to the album one more time in its entirety with no distractions while I take notes on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 tablet using Lecture Notes. This is where the bulk of my ideas come from for the review. I usually combine this with the mental notes I’ve taken throughout the week about things I’ve noticed while listening.
Writing: I usually sit in my office upstairs and write the review in one sitting. I use the default WordPress editor running on Google Chrome. If I happen to be somewhere besides home or decide I want to write downstairs I write using my Toshiba Portégé R835-P56x notebook. Writing a review takes about 4 to 6 hours from start to finish. Some reviews have taken way longer than that to write. Writing time is usually dependent on how much research I need to do to get the story behind the album as well as how many links I want to include. After I finish writing, I will ask my editor (aka my wife) to read the review to look for mistakes and make suggestions. If you like my reviews it’s probably the result of her not being afraid to tell me when something isn’t working and give me solid ideas of how to improve it. I am forever in her debt and can’t thank her enough. She also did a lot of link hunting for me for many of the reviews.
Listening in my Car: While I’m listening to the album in my car, I’m listening to music with my Pioneer DEH P7700MP CD/MP3 head unit and 4 Pioneer speakers from the same era. I have a pair of Pioneer 3-way 6x9s in the back and a pair of Pioneer 6.5s in the front. I don’t have a subwoofer in the car. The 6x9s offer plenty of bass with the right EQ settings.
Listening at Work: The portable music player I prefer to use is my Blackberry Z10 running the latest version of the cross-platform app, Neutron Music Player. The real-time operating system, BB10, plus the extensive music processing capability of Neutron make for an incredible auditory experience. To minimize signal interference and maximize battery life, I don’t use the Z10 as my phone. It’s strictly an MP3 player for me. If I have to use my phone due unforeseen circumstances, I use a OnePlus One 64GB with Google Play Music. I usually have a pair of Klipsch EIMs plugged into my Z10. Currently, I have the Klipsch R6 as my main set of headphones. I’m not really a fan of the tips provided by Klipsch so I buy Comply Tx-100 earphones to use instead.
Listening at Home: If I’m listening to the album at home, it’s usually on my computer. The software I’m using to play the music is either MediaMonkey or outcoldplayer depending on my mood. I use a Creative Sound Blaster Zx as my audio card. My card is hooked up to a set of Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 speakers. If I feel like listening to music on a pair of headphones on my computer, I plug in a pair of Klipsch S4A-II.