Every year I make a big habit of listening as much as I can to WKCR's BachFest; Alex Ross was kind enough to remind people about it earlier in the week, but I'll help out as well, since the broadcast has already begun (click here for the RealAudio stream). BachFest is an all-day traversal of every Bach work recorded. WKCR is Columbia University's maverick radio station: a home for jazz fanatatics and new-music lovers alike (KCR jazz luminary Phil Schaap deserves credit for teaching me about Bird), it's one of the last reminders that before our decentralized, Internet-linked world, Columbia was once the absolute epicenter of New York intellectualism (and I use that word in the most positive way). No matter where I have lived--Upper Manhattan, Baltimore, Colorado, California--I have always listened to this channel's Internet stream as a way to stay connected to mindful sounds. Do the world a favor and hear some of it yourself. And then pledge some money. At a time when so-called "non-profit" public radio makes more money from underwriting than you or I will ever hope to see, it's important to support radio stations that actually need, and deserve, your help. (Of course, Columbia's doing fine itself, but I've always known KCR to actually need the money it asks for. It doesn't pull in the same big bucks as all that valuable Columbia-owned real estate, that's for sure. ) And, in the end, I believe it's important to worship a few things on an annual basis. I may not be theological or liturgical, but reminding yourself who you are by delving deeply into the music you have always loved (Bach, John Lennon, etc.) is a tradition I like to adhere to. Bach is God.