Buxtehude and Bicycling

by F.

The bicycle was invented 1839, but for a long time if you wanted to listen to music while riding, the technology was rather limited. You could hire a musician, strap him to a pianoforte, and then strap the pianoforte to your back, as, I’m sure, many did before the iPod came along. But there were some disadvantages, not the least of which was aerodynamic drag. (Drag could be reduced by hiring a midget, but they were in short supply in the 19th century, I’ve read, leading to outraging prices.) Fortunately today we have the shuffle. I can’t believe this thing is $80. Far less than a pianoforte and a midget. And it’s hard to beat listening to Buxtehude, Bach, and Beethoven while bicycling.