Underground vs Mainstream Music

March 11, 2017

Okay, so I love me some mainstream music. I will never be so pretentious as to judge others for their personal taste in music.

(There are enough trash types who do this all on their own.)

While I do love a bunch of popular stuff, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, I tend towards some lesser known musical artists, most notably electronica and the like.

On one hand, I want my faves to have all the success they deserve, and to get the compensation associated with success. On the other, I get this bizarre feeling of satisfaction knowing that my faves are still underground and it feels a bit like I have a secret, when I hear one of the songs only I know, at a public venue.

How do people who have no musical inclination whatsoever (I heard this one nut job say he doesn’t like music) wake up in the morning? If you don’t care  about music, what is there to live for? 😏

No, seriously, I’m asking.

 

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Speaking of music

February 5, 2017

I have this thing where, when I’m inconsolable or just completely distraught, a few select tracks played on repeat can pull me off the ledge. No point in listing them all here, as they fall under the umbrella of lesser known music, including some underground electronica and acid jazz.

But here’s one:

 

It’s pretty amazing that music can pick me up the way it can.  I was literally sobbing one night with no hope of stopping, and through my tears (because I just wanted the despair to go away already), I turned one of my tracks on. It was like drinking a fast-acting elixir. Like medicine for my soul. I’m slightly baffled that this methodology is so effective for me, but as a music lover, I adore this concept.

What’s your go-to when you’re sad?


Music & Memories

February 5, 2017

I am sometimes taken aback by just how triggered I am by music. Dating way back to my very early years, certain songs or artists remind me of moments or periods in my life.

I guess it’s because my parents were big into playing music at home and in the car, and I, in turn, have always made music an integral part of my everyday life as well. My earliest memories of my parents’ music includes (but is not limited to) the Beatles, the Stones, Prince, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Barry White, Blondie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, and way too many more to mention. I have had a similarly varied taste in tunes my whole life.

One of the funniest and most unexpected things anyone’s ever said to me is “One thing I find cool about you is that when I come to your house, there’s always mood music. There’s always a soundtrack to your life.”

Truer words were never spoken.

I can’t listen to Deeelite’s Infinity Within album without being transported back to the time I was engaged in this brief but intense flirtation with a really interesting guy whom I bonded with over our mutual love for the Police and, funnily enough, Deeelite. In the grand scheme of things, this guy is insignificant in my love life history, but the musical connection can’t be denied.

A random and largely unknown song still reminds me of when I lost my virginity (in case you’re wondering, yes it’s a positive memory).

Other songs make memories of clubbing with my best friends come flooding back to me in an instant.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that music holds even more memory weight for me than actual photographs do. That’s nuts, yes, but true – and definitely in character for me.


About George Michael

January 6, 2017

So I know he passed several weeks ago, but I’m kind of surprised by how much his death continues to affect me. When I first heard about it the day it happened, I was shaken by just how shaken I was. I have been sad about celebrity passings many times…we all have celebrities who define our childhoods and/or early adulthoods.

George Michael was one of my favourite artists growing up. So many joyful memories. I still don’t know how I managed to get away with playing “I Want Your Sex” in my bedroom. Mind you, I was pretty careful with the volume for certain songs. My parents weren’t the most conservative, but they weren’t super liberal either. However, I love that they allowed me free reign for the most part where my music was concerned. I guess they leaned on the liberal side 😁

Even though I was shaken and teary when I first found out that GM had passed away, I did think I was done with the emotional response after the first day or two. Nope. Tonight when I threw some GM tunes on, “A Different Corner” came on and I lost it.

I never knew George Michael personally, but I will forever think of him as an integral part of my life, and I will always treasure his contribution to the music industry. 💙