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.
E: Evening/Morning (The Bombay Bicycle Club)
Once I had the privilege to see the Bombay Bicycle Club (how cool can a band name be?) perform at a festival. When they started to play the first notes I was happy that I decided to go and see them on my own instead of joining my festivalbuddies at one of the other awesome acts at the same moment. The first notes that reached my ears and brought a smile to my face were those of Evening/Morning, a song I devoured a year before this magical moment in the festival tent. I didn’t get the impression that everybody else was loving it as much as I did (because the crowd only started to loosen up a little later in the act when the played their resent radio hit), but that didn’t made the moment less memorable.
It’s always special to hear a favourite song being performed live for the first time. It brings the song closer to you in many ways. The energy of the crowd and of the band, the loudness of the sound equipment, the little mistakes in the performance or the adjustments the band made to the song all shine a new light on it. The live performance brought back the love I once felt so strongly for this song.
I tried to find you a link of the festival performance but I could only find recordings of the same radio hit that stimulated the audience and that seemed to have drawn them in in the first place. Instead I place a link to the video clip. I’m not sure what to think of it. The song had created a very different image in my head. It has some humour in it though and I do appreciate the parts where you see the band play. Better than the panda costume anyway… 😉