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.
T: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (the Smiths)
I had hoped to finish this project before the end of last year, but pressure of a deadline never does any good to creativity. It drains away all fun and freedom and instead of a challenge it becomes an obligation. So now the pressure is gone I can start to share my music again because I want to and not because I have to.
I already came a far way reaching the letter T, looking back (which is a tradition at the end of a year but for once will be done at the beginning of a new year) I’m happy with most of the songs I’ve posted though for some I’ve already encountered better ones. But like I said: music is very much entangled with a certain period of time so I leave it as it is and save those ‘better’ songs for another moment. It is also the reason why I leave the 2011 in the title; the songs I showcase were enlisted at the end of that year even the songs I will showcase today and tomorrow. Cause even though I didn’t finished the project before the year was done the list was already there.
T on this list was saved for There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by the Smiths. The Smiths are a real inspiration to me. If I were able to play an instrument or to sing I would knock myself out on their music. Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with such a musical talent. As a child I had keyboard lessons for a while, but I hated it and was glad to stop this unsuccessful road to disaster. I remember trying to learn a certain chord. My young hands weren’t capable of stretching themselves in such unnatural angles and out of frustration I threw the note book into a corner of the room and I ran off crying –something very out of character.
Luckily this was in the safety of my own living room but once at the school of music my mom decided it necessary to inform my teacher on this unfortunate event. I could die out of shame, making the failure even a harder thing to deal with. I am happy to inform you that in time I conquered the chord, but I also learned that playing an instrument would never really be my cup of tea. I leave that task to the big guys: