Music is very important to me. I like to surround myself with music throughout the day: when I wake up; when I’m on the road; when I’m eating; when friends are visiting; when I feel sad; when I feel happy. No moment is truly experienced without a certain ‘soundtrack’ to accompany it.
I can get quite attached to a song which creates two distinguished consequences:
1- I find it very difficult to share, for I consider it my song. As soon as others start to play the song the love can extinguished quite easily. Only the very best survive this challenge.
2- The song will be played over and over again until it has completely integrated with a certain moment in time. So the next time I hear it again it will take me back to that specific moment.
I try to learn myself that ‘not sharing the music’ is relentlessly selfish and very much not the point of what music is about. Music is about sharing and bringing people together. So therefore I decided to make a tribute to all the music that is or has been important to me. Hopefully it will inspire others to share their own personal music alphabet and to explore the musical sights that were off their map before.
D: Dog Eat Dog (Adam and the Ants)
It’s time to have some fun! D definitely needed to be Dog Eat Dog by Adam and the Ants. It’s my empowering song. If I don’t feel like doing something because it scares me or annoys me I only have to think about how easy it is to ‘lay down and hide’. The song addresses my inner warrior, evoking the much needed energy to stand up and do it.
Last summer I had a summer job in the hospital that I really dreaded. Every morning while dressing for work I played the song and sang along, soothing some of the heavy burden away. Often it would echo in my mind while walking the lonesome wards and corridors. Even though I didn’t had to do any medical work I still had to face the sick and was often close by when the darker side of life showed its face. The job made me stronger.
A lot of Adam’s songs have something enchanting. He was (and is, since he recently did a new tour in the UK) a real performer. Although lip-synchronisation isn’t any of Adam’s strengths the outfit makes more than up for it! Check it out: