I watched Dave Ghrol’s documentary Sound City today, and holy hell, I fell in love with it. Music is one of those universal languages that can cross culture, time, and space. You never know what’s going to hit you, but when it does, you know you felt something honest and something right. Someone (or someones) poured part of their soul into that, and it made you feel it whether you planned to or not. For me, that’s happened multiple times in the past, and I still feel like I have a connection to the songs from my past.
Originally, my connections were made to mainly religious music. As the years went by and I made it to the end of high school and the beginning of college, my music pallete started to expand, and I picked up on artists that had I not been so limited in my choices in my earlier years, I would’ve joined right in to listening to. Nirvana, ACDC, The Barenaked Ladies, The Blues Brothers, Coldplay (yes, I had somehow avoided them for years), Daft Punk, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Jonathan Coulton and so many others that I missed over the years, that now that I look back, I hate that I missed or just outright dismissed them when I was younger.
Those bands, which I started with at the beginning of my college career, laid the foundation for the music that I listen to this day. Having such a wide array of music that influenced me ended up becoming incredibly good for me. Had it not been for those “discoveries”, I wouldn’t listen to as much music as I do today. Some folks don’t stray out of the rock or pop genres, and that’s fine. For me though, having that much amazing music flood through my head all at once kept me looking for more things that were new, that made incredible supplements to what I was already listening to constantly. Without that base, I never would’ve picked up on the Ben Folds Five, The Mountain Goats, Metric, Broken Social Scene, the Black Keys, Deadmaus, Phantogram, Cab Callaway, Booker T. and the MGs and so many others that are just as formative for me as I keep going as keep flowing along in the current that moves my life down the paths I never expect, though still I hold some control. It helps, it focuses, and unlike a lot of other things, it helps make me feel something. Emotion isn’t easy for me, but the right music at the right time can finally make me feel and deal with things. Music is an incredible thing, and I’m still finding those little inroads where it’s digging its way into my very being, and doing incredible things that just don’t happen any other way.