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.
M: My Fear #2 (Cloud Control)
Starting this project I was absolutely certain about one band that had to make the list: Cloud Control. This preceding year they have been an important pillar in everything I did. It’s funny how all their songs have been the soundtrack to a certain period this last one and a half year. So my only challenge was to choose but one of them. I decided to choose My Fear #2.
The first time I heard it I was a little disappointed. I thought the opening melody boring and perhaps even a little cliché. But at a certain point something changed. The words and the music started to pop-up in my head at random moments and it didn’t leave my brain till I had heard the song at least once from beginning to end. It’s a classical example of a song that has to grow on you. Now that it has the opening tune and words don’t even sound boring anymore. It builds up to the big climax that has a firm hold on me and brings butterflies to my stomach.
Is it possible to fall in love with a song?