Monday, August 24, 2009
More than music
Music means a lot to me. Someone long ago planted a seed in my brain - one that reprimands me when I relate to song lyrics too much, as if the song was written about me. The person who wrote the song probably wrote it about their own experiences, but did they also plan it out thinking that perfect strangers in different circumstances would be searching for meaning in the same words? Well, I don't know, I'm thinking of Coldplay right now...and I imagine they do attempt to make their songs' meanings ambiguous enough so that they can be enjoyed by a wide selection of people who are applying the lyrics to very different situations. Coldplay nearly always makes me take a step back. I actually wanted to write about how certain bands, like Coldplay, make me feel timeless, as if everytime I listen to "The Scientist," for example, I'm the exact same person. Probably the first twenty times I heard "The Scientist" I didn't even know that it was called "The Scientist" but I like to think that every time that song comes up on iTunes, on some level my present self is converging with past versions... and they're all pretty happy about it. Some of those times I was alone, maybe depressed. Other times I was on road trips - I might have been in Oregon, I might have been in Buffalo...or on a plane to Orlando. I might have been listening to it as I drifted off to sleep. Again this song in particular, it makes me feel like I'm progressing, like I'm moving on to something brighter. Maybe I'm not completely satisfied with the state of what I'm leaving, but still I'm optimistic that everything will work out for the best. Everyone will be happy. I tend to envision myself sitting in the window seat of an airplane, gazing at the blue lights of the tarmac during take-off, and I have this amazing sense of security. It's pretty great.