Hearing Others in Qualitative Research
Chapter 1. Listening for Beginnings in Qualitative Research
LISTENING FOR BEGINNINGS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Listen, this story might have started when I was sitting in front of the speakers in my parents’ living room as a child. The music filled the entire house. The steady drum beat and rhythmic bass line made it all but impossible to sit still. There were vocal harmonies, and probably a horn section backing the strong melody of a lead singer. This story might have started here, but I can’t be sure because it seemed like the music was always playing at home. This story might also have started when I first tried to play the trumpet at age 10. I was easily frustrated with my initial inability to produce any kind of sound that resembled music; but I kept trying and eventually learned to play. To this day, I keep playing. It’s also possible that this story started the first time I heard a recording of Miles Davis and found myself utterly confused and infinitely curious.
I’m not exactly sure where this story begins; however, the beginning of this story is only really important insofar as it is a beginning that relies on musical interactions and performances. This is the groove from which I tell my story and attempt to engage with you. And even if your story doesn’t have any musical beginnings at all, I think we can still connect. I just think it’s helpful if you know a little something about my assumptions...
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