Tell us a story about a piece of music that stayed with you.
Music gives shape to so much of our daily lives, whether it floats around us as background noise or streams directly into our ears from our various devices. We constantly attach songs to people, places, and moments, and modify past associations as our relationships and personality evolve. Our mental archive of songs is an ever-expanding, complex network of memories and emotions (peppered with some badly remembered lyrics, for comic effect).
What remains constant, though, is the thrill of exploration — those unexpected moments when you first hear a song that stays with you. I recently chatted with J. Edward Keyes, editorial director at Bandcamp, a platform where emerging musicians share their work with curious listeners. It was fun to think once again about the serendipitous paths songs find into our lives:
Back in the days of record stores, the thing that excited me most was going through the stacks, finding something that I knew nothing about but had a cool cover or interesting title, buying it, and discovering a new artist or label that way. We’re operating by that same principle, emphasizing the joy in discovery.
For this week’s challenge, tell us the story of your special connection to one song (or another discrete musical composition, from a jazz tune to a techno track or opera aria). When did it start? How has it changed over time? Does the song’s meaning reside in the melody, the lyrics, the performer’s voice — or some other intangible element?
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We recently encouraged you to experiment with mutlimedia-heavy posts, and this challenge invites you to continue down that path. You could embed music videos into an essay or piece of memoir, share a collection of images that are connected to a song, or even share a YouTube or SoundCloud playlist for a true mixtape experience.
I look forward to reading — and singing along with — your posts.