Today, I was strolling on St. Clair and listening to this song by the great French band Noir Desir:

… and I noticed that the man walking ahead of me was walking in time to the beat of their song!  My music wasn’t very loud so there’s no way he could hear what I was listening to.  It was just a coincidence that he happened to be marching like a soldier to my favourite French band.

I started walking faster so that I was walking right behind him, and over the sound of my headphones, I could hear his footsteps hitting the pavement, adding to the backbeat of my song.  He turned the corner after a minute, and I nearly followed him in my distraction.  He didn’t miss a beat!

I don’t know about other musicians, but I think loving something too much (like music) can cause these quirks and quarks.  Where you pick up on things that they rest would dismiss as part of a normal day.

Here are my top three music nerd admissions:

1. Sometimes I harmonize with the vacuum – it’s like a bluegrass song.  The vacuum does two parts and I add the third.

2. There’s a little ditty that I hear on the subway, three notes that they play before a TTC announcement.  It sounds like the opening to my song ‘Make Believe’, and I have to refrain from breaking into song in front of my fellow passengers…

3. I beatbox in time with the turn signals when I’m in a car and waiting for the light to change…

What’s your music nerd moment?


With fellow music nerd and close friend C.C.

With fellow music nerd and close friend C.C.