On a whim, I listened to the all of the current top 25 songs on lala.com. And I didn’t like a single one. I think the last time my taste overlapped with a list like that was 1998. After that, the world and I, we went our own separate ways.
Imagine you were in a large open-air stadium with ten thousand people. There’s a cold wind blowing and it’s silent. And suddenly one of these three openings start playing:
Would you get goosebumps? If so, you really need to watch the Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) documentary, It Might Get Loud. He uses a meeting of the three great guitarists, Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White as an homage to the guitar. The movie is like comfort food for music fans. [trailer]
There are two feelings that deserve words in the dictionary to describe them:
- The feeling when you are randomly flipping channels and accidentally discover that one of your favorite movies is playing on a channel you never watch.
- The feeling when you discover that an artist you love has put out work (e.g. music) that you didn’t know existed.
I came up with a word for the first one: Serendipiteevee. It’s what I felt when I just discovered A Hard Day’s Night was playing on a channel called Palladia. That such a channel exists is proof of a benevolent God; because how else could a channel no one has heard of even survive?
I don’t have a word for the second feeling– discovering new music by a favorite artist. But that just happened when I found that Beirut put out a delightful song called Mimizan for the charity compilation album Dark Was the Night. Watch it below (or here); how can you not smile while listening to this [video]: Continue reading
The audio cassette that got most play in my room between 1994 and 1995 was The Pet Shop Boys’ album Very. Every single song is a gem. I just descended in to some serious emotional nostalgia, listening to the whole album again after a long time.
Here is Can You Forgive Her:
And, for the Pet Shop Boys fans, this interview Andrew Sullivan did with them is what reminded me of how much I really loved their music 15 years ago.