Monday, September 24, 2007

Thinking of Music with Little to Say....

I did not believe the information
Just had to trust imagination
My heart was going boom boom, boom
Son, he said, grab your things, I’ve come to take you home.

Peter Gabriel- Solsbury Hill

What is it about songs from your youth that are so wondrous and magical? No matter how many times you hear them or how old you are when you do, the moment they hit your ears you are instantly ten years old again and hearing it for the first time.

And when you wake up it's a new mornin'
The sun is shinin' it's a new morning
You're goin'
You're goin' home

Gerry Rafferty- Baker Street

Do you think they shape your musical tastes somehow or are they just the soundtrack to your dreams?

I had a dream
But it turned to dust
What I thought was love
That must have been lust
I was living in style
When the walls fell in
When I played my hand
I looked like a joker
Turn around
Fate must have woke her
cause lady luck she was
Waiting outside the door

Santana- Winning

Do you necessarily like every song that is magical to you or is it the memories attached to them that you love so? Are there songs you love to hear today because they remind you of a time hating them with your friends?

You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you out, I shook you up and turned you around
Turned you into someone new

Human League- Don't You Want Me

Perhaps it is true for us all-

Life is a Rock,
But the radio rolled me.
At the end of my rainbow
Lies a Golden Oldie.

Reunion- Life is a Rock

On the poll front: Why?

Why Not 3 (50%)

Because 1 (16%)

Someone had to 1 (16%)

When? 1 (16%)

Which means we have 3 bored people in search of something to do, one smart ass, one martyr, and one very confused person. I would say "Soon VE, soon."


VE said...

Damn, singled out as the only one confused again!

There are definitely songs that I hated back in the day but kind of bring me back to the time now. Then there are things that got played SO much I cannot listen to them even yet after 20 years. Sometimes I like songs just because I think the lyrics are really good even though its not something I would just listen to on a regular basis (Vincent from Don McLean is an example). Sometimes its a good harmony or beat. Sometimes its anchored in me to a time or person.

Serena Joy said...

The songs I hated back then, I hate now. The ones I loved, I still love. I love the music itself, but also the nostalgia they evoke when thinking about who I was and what I was doing at the time.

Is this where I confess to being one of the bored? Sorry, I can never see the question "Why?" without answering "Why not?":-)

Kanrei said...

Damn I am good! I was guessing. It was either VE or Scary so I had a 50/50 chance!

I would say there is no bad music really. It all affects us and that is all it is supposed to do. It makes us think, even if we are thinking "I hate that damn song."

I would say I still hate those songs as well, but I remember them fondly if that makes any sense. When it comes on the radio I leave it on, but am not sure I am really hearing the song, or just happy remembering. Other songs I will admit I have grown to love over time.

"Don't worry, be happy"-hated then, hate now, remember singing "Don't worry, be Jappy" to it.

The Cure- I hated then and actually really like now. I was wrong about their music and judged them by their fans.

It goes the other way too. Metallica I loved back then and wonder what the hell I was thinking today.

ThatGreenyFlower said...

Ooooh! Nostalgia post!

Kan, I'm with you. The music I loved, I loved. The music I hated, I still hate. Some that I didn't feel much about one way or the other I really enjoy now--what was I thinking, not going all starry-eyed when Springstein played "Tunnel of Love"?!

I still listen to the things I loved in the 80s, embarassingly enough. I still like Thomas Dolby, even. The Cure, The Smiths, The Damned, XTC, Siouxsie and the Banshees--it might sound a little dated now, but it's still fine music.

ThatGreenyFlower said...

AAAARGH! Springsteen!!!

Roxan said...

Loved some songs, hated some song and then there were the songs that were played so much I learned to hate them.

Camille Alexa said...

Music was so important to you you followed a band around the country.

I know that was about way more than music, but music obviously means a lot to you and always has.

In my life it plays more of a supportive than a starring role. I love love love the music I love (which is not the music of my youth, though punk culture was fabulous and saved my life in so many ways), but I prefer silence.

Oddly, I won't even list favourite music on my profile. I seem to find the information more personal than favourite movies or books.

I will say, GreenyFlower, that "Born in the USA" was always one of my most hated songs ever ever ever. I don't see that changing.

ThatGreenyFlower said...

I still hate "Born in the USA," but because of that song I brushed all the other SpringstEEn songs. (Until I got all old and shit. Ok, I'm not old. Not THAT old.)

I'm not asking you to love Springsteen...just appreciate this:

The lights go out
there's just the three of us
you, me, and all that stuff
we're so scared of
gonna ride on down down
into that Tunnel of Love

...or don't appreciate it, really--I love you no matter what. But I think those lyrics and that song are just great. It's a genre departure for me, I know.

Kanrei said...

I have grown to like that song. It is not the blind patriot song I thought it was. It is rather harsh actually. I love that so many people play it to show pride in their country without ever listening to the words. Kind of like playing "Every Breath You Take" at a wedding.

I feel about music the way you do about books Birdie. If I had more talent I would have been a musician. I see writing words and music to be very much alike in many ways- the main one being creating something out of nothing to entertain and/or bring out emotion.

Nessa said...

That message sounds ominous.

Scary Monster said...

When yer young, you lack the life experience to cast judgement upon works of art, so you approach them with an innocence and openness that becomes less available to you as you get older. You like them cause they made you feel good or instill you with passion. (which is what Me believes art is supposed to do)We go back to those things to once again feel what we did before we started thinking about how we felt.

Sorry Me missed thye poll. Me be pretty sure there would have been another wise ass in the final count.