I was reading a book today and came across the line “music is the language of memory”.
It’s true isn’t it? Music takes you back and makes you remember things.
Music can fix things for a while.
Now I don’t profess to be a music expert at all. I tend to find songs and bands I like and listen to them on repeat for years.
I remember listening to Night Swimming when I was 17 and in love. It summed up all of my feelings and I listened to it on my discman for hours.
I remember going to a concert in Denmark on my own. I’d walked around all day and was exhausted and embarrassed at being on my own so I slid down the wall and listened to Sanne Salomonsen singing her songs. The songs were in English, the dialogue that had everyone else laughing and whooping was not.
I’ve not been to see lots of live music. I would like to. I feel a bit old now. And there’s the small fact that strobe lights can see me leaving venues in ambulance which isn’t fun.
I had a very special friend in my car the other day and we listened to “You have a friend in me” sung in Spanish for half an hour as we drove home. It was the right song at the right time.
Last year when everything was at it’s most stuffed I couldn’t find a song that I wanted to listen to.
Every shuffle was bad.
All the radio stations were wrong.
The music was speaking to me but I wasn’t listening.
Today I randomly chose a radio station on the iTunes thingy and I liked every song. I danced and sang along and added them all to my wish list.
I like all my favourite songs again and I’m ready to like more.
So hit me up (that’s how the cool kids talk) with some suggestions.
And here are some of my favourites if you want to dance along with me:
– Zbigniew Preisner: Secret Garden
-Tori Amos: Winter
-Emma Louise: Jungle
-Joni Mitchell: A Case of You (I also love the James Blake version)
-REM: Night Swimming