Music is an interesting thing. I have been thinking about music. Why is so special to me? I mean all music is a form of art, composed of sound waves that assault the ear. Poetry with a measure, a melody, and a harmony. With out the poetry, music is potent. Likewise, lyrics can cover weak harmony and melodies. However, when lyrics and music connect and mesh, something special happens.
For me, music is a reminder. It evoke memories and with memories, emotions and feelings. Those emotions and feeling and memories are powerful. Music takes me to different places in my history, places that have significant meaning to me.
These places are events and times in my life where I went through growth and shape me in to who I am I now. Certain music reminds me who I was and who I have become. Music reminds me of things in my past that hurt me, that brought my joy, that changed me.
My brother associates the “Plans” album (Death Cab for Cutie) with his first major relationship. For me, that album reminds me of my first semester of college- a huge time of transitions.
The “Supertones Strike Back” album (The O.C. Supertones), can be heard here, floods me with memories camp as a child, place that I hold dearly and has played a huge role who I have become and what I aspire to be.
Five Iron Frenzy live CD, “Proof that Youth are Revolting” always reminds me why I work at camp. Every time I hear it get the feeling that I have to act ridiculous and unrestrained, like I would at summer camp. I got to get up and dance and yell and sing at the top of my lungs.
AC/DC Greatest Hits, Live, and Seven Dust reminds me of hours of football workouts throughout high school. Pushing myself to the limits. Pushing others to do their best. I learned to work as a team, encouraging and supporting each other to complete a comment goal.
Keith Green reminds me of Sunday mornings getting ready for Church- My parents singing along, rushing out the door to go to service. Later on, his music inspired to me lead worship, to present God through music in a raw way. Keith Green has clean and pure vocal over simple piano driven composition.
Death Cab for Cutie “Plans” album is of my most over played. I do not listen to it often anymore- but I could listen to that particular DCFC album on repeat for hours on end. It evokes feeling of sorrow and longing, as well as hope and joy for finding that someone special to spend life with.
Dallas Green/City and Colour gives me a longing to find a place to settle down, to call home. It tries to reconcile the constant moving with the periods of being stagnant. I find myself in a struggle over where I am, where I have been, and were I am going to be.
Music is a treasure trove of emotions, memories and concepts. I cherish music because like scripture, I can recall it and dwell on it and it comforts me. There are links to the various artists and their work, I hope you enjoy them.
What are some of you favorite music? What do you listen to when you are happy or said, or when you need comfort? I want to hear, leave me a comment or two.