The Old Soldier works to classical music. I’m retired. Now I’m a full-time webmaster. I have the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to edit and publish; which means I have no one to blame for the magazine’s failure but myself.
So, the Old Soldier works hard every day to keep the magazine from going kaput!
My small apartment is my office. Producing content for the magazine is a daily challenge. I often find myself on my back on the sofa, two fat pillows under my weary head (my workstation is behind my head) as I scribble on pieces of paper against an old notebook binder propped up on my knees as I stare out a window straight ahead and occasionally out the window to my right (no doubt a look of befuddlement on my face) as I try to come up with content.
That’s where classical music comes in. I love my rock ‘n’ roll; but I can’t work to it. I can only groove to it.
It is my understanding that Pittsburgh is one of the few cities in the United States with a classical music radio station. Pittsburgh’s classical radio station is WQED. It’s part of the Public Broadcasting System. The station constantly petitions the public for money. I use to be a donor until I had to use my limited discretionary funds for other things. Like paying my guest writers.
But I still listen to WQED. I find classical music to be very conducive to my duties as editor, publisher of a cutting edge online publication of erotic short stories. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because classical music makes me feel closer to the arts.
The Old Soldier takes his duties seriously. Although I’m old enough, and therefore have enough hard-earned wisdom, not to take myself too seriously. I can recite you a litany of bad decisions I’ve made in life.
The decision to listen to classical music in the afternoon is one of my good decisions.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.