I came across this great video today on http://www.wimp.com, if you haven’t checked this site out it’s always got something interesting there to grab your attention. Today I found this video and I think it’s a brilliant thing to ask people when you’re traveling because it gives you an insight to the culture of the place you’re visiting.
In this video the person with the video camera is asking the question ‘What are you listening to?’ Simple question right? But how much could we learn about a culture by just asking this one question of everyone you meet? How many new sounds and artists could you discover by asking this question everywhere you travel?
I, myself, am a musician and I always listen to what is playing on the radio or in shops when I am traveling but I’ve never thought to just ask people this question. I think it’s wonderful. Imagine how much more you’ll remember that trip when you’ve created a playlist for your whole vacation. Imagine pairing that music now with all those pictures and stories you have from your travels. Imagine how much more meaningful and powerful that vacation has just become from one little question, ‘what are you listening to?’ I think I am going to start asking that of people when I travel. How about you?
Here’s the video: ‘London: What Song Are You Listening To?’
UPDATE: June 22, 2011
Here’s a follow up video called ‘Toronto: What Song Are You Listening To?‘