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.
P: Paint It Black (Rolling Stones)
This one’s a classic! I love it :). While trying to kill some time I picked up Keith Richards’s autobiography in a metro station bookstore. I opened it up at a random page and was really amazed by the outspoken frankness of it all. Though Keith claimed to remember it all I had my doubts whether his memory is really trustworthy, as a result of all the psychedelic stuff he absorbed in his life. The psychedelic atmosphere really echoes in Paint It Black. To me it sounds like an unstoppable train, a derailed monster heading for disaster.
There’s something about trains and songs that are in a close relationship to drugs. A beautiful example is Velvet Underground’s I’m Waiting For The Man in which the sound of a train echoes in de songs melody while The Man referred to in the title is a drug dealer. Perhaps this close relationship has everything to do with the fact that they both provide a certain trip. Taking the user to a world that extents his normal horizon.
Something else that can extent our horizon is obviously television. The black and white television show recordings of the link below shows a very young band, a very clean looking audience and a danceable Mick Jagger who must have been glad that they didn’t had to use microphones to be audible at the time ;). It has a poor image- and sound quality but none of that matters cause the song is strong enough to survive and shine trough. Please enjoy: