Please comment below on the music which makes YOU feel that!
Music! it means a lot to me, with music I can reach high level of emotions. Music brought me most of my friends, I met my husband thanks to a music band named Opeth (I recognized the band on his T-shirt, and began to talk to him), music guided some of my holidays, as we aimed at festivals. We met a lot of the musicians we love! the artists we value the work. Some of the sweetest guys in the world are Norwegian metallers who like Swiss cheese fondue (you know who you are guys 😉 )
Without music, I wouldn’t be who I am the way I am <- Click to tweet it
One day, a colleague (where I was working 2002-2006) was laughing at me and told me my musical culture was zero… I was amazed because ok, I didn’t know anything on the current radio pop songs, and what they call “variété” in France, but my colleague didn’t know a lot of the roots of blues and rock (for example). And for me I value more the roots of rock, than the current summer hit. As usual, I respect everybody taste and points of view, but his comment made me think. A lot 🙂 and I feel I share with you my greatest feelings with music, and what it means to me…
I’m born in 1970, when I was about 20 years old, around 1990, I thought I was born 20 years too late, and if I was born in the 50ies, I would have been in my 20ies y.o at the end of the 60ies – 70 to go to Woodstock, I would have seen Jimi Hendrix live somewhere, I would maybe have been there when Montreux Casino burnt down and gave birth to “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple, as I’m living on “Lake Geneva Shorelines” as in the lyrics. See Link to the story of the song on wikipedia.org and Link to the lyrics on lyrics.com
Let’s begin with the beginning.
In the seventies, until I was ten, I heard mostly the music my parents were listening to, well it was the seventies, I could have discovered all the remaining of the hippie culture, I could have discovered all the prog-rock amazing music (I did later), or even punk.. nope… my parents were mostly listening to disco… My brother and I were raised at the sound of Boney M and Abba… ok great, not the music I went to later, but I respect, they made big success and nice compositions. Furthermore, my dad had us listening to a lot of classical music. Very Good.
Well, teenage… in the 80ies, I began to associate music with feelings, time to make friends and “choose”… ok, it’s not really a choice actually, it’s which music resonate the most deep inside you, and what makes your inner cord vibrate!
I discovered music such as Talk Talk, Duran Duran and The Cure. I used to love “The Cure”, but not the hits, as I realized later, usually the radio hits will bore me a lot… so I didn’t like “close to me” but felt deep feelings on “Charlotte Sometimes”. I also began to discover music from the 70 I had miss as a child, like early Pink Floyd, Marillion.
When some my teenage friends began going to dance in nightclubs, I began to go to rock concerts …
In the 80ies was also ..the french Renaud… he described the everyday life of a french teenager, and this struck soooooo much to me. and his masterpiece “Mistral Gagnant” was the song that, as a teenager, made me think “I will do that when I’ll have kids” (“tenir dans ma main ses petits doigts”). Mistral Gagnant, is the name of a candy, (see here song starts at 0:45 + lyrics translation+comments) makes me cry out of joy just now writing to you, and it will all the time, every time and for ever, what it meant to me at this time was enormous. And now that I do have my kids, each and every time I do the things he says in the song: I sit on a bench with my children, hold their hands, heir their crystal laughters, jump and in rain puddle … I do think of Renaud’s song, and I realize the Happiness I do enjoy at the very moment. Merci Renaud pour Mistral Gagnant.
Last year I stumbled upon a video done by Chicago Music Exchange where Alex Chadwick plays 100 popular riffs in one take! the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll from 1953 to 2011. I love the 1965-1975 range. And you?
Also, as I’m very much interested into Rock History, I registered to attend a free course on Coursera about the History of Rock (Part 1), starting May 2013. I will write a post when the course will be done and add the link here.
Then came Metal…
From my late teenage, end of the 80ies, I’m very picky to which song will make me feel alive and vibrate, that will make me *feel*! I have liked a lot bands playing grunge early 90ies, then metal. But I can’t really say I like a style at large, neither a band, or an album, even a song… sometimes it will be just a few seconds, just the perfect bridge, the vibrant guitar solo. Of course, the bands which create more of those magic moments are my favorites, most of them play metal, see some on my facebook music likes, some became my friends as well. I’ll write about them!
I’ll also write posts about other musics, world music I discovered while traveling, music played at the music-workshop for the kids, including discovering instruments… There is so much to say!
I love what only a few notes can do, all the melodies of the world… I love what feelings it can create deep in our hearts, I love when I get overwhelmed in a positive way. Thank you music !
Now your turn, please tell me about the music that makes you high? post links to youtube videos and even to your music if you are an artist!