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Lunch and music.

Enjoying lunch with my "work husband," Ben, the topic turned to music, and Ben confessed he didn't "get" modern music. As in, anything not considered "classical" didn't excite him, didn't move him. Now, I'm no proponent of pop radio (I confess I don't listen to much radio unless my iPod has run out of juice), but I was flabbergasted that he couldn't be moved by anything written past the 1930s. I tried to explain to him the nuances of music, how any form of art can express emotions that common man cannot directly address himself.

Music, for me, whether I'm making it or listening to it, is my first and only love. I remember bouncing in my mom's car right after kindergarten, demanding she turn on the radio so I can listen to music when she didn't listen to it much at all. Anything that was on. It is a special language that I feel makes me bilingual. Our "everyday" language transcends into something much more powerful when we can use both. I am a supporter of the "classical" music (the passion in the middle of Beethoven's 5th to the graceful yet powerful resolution almost always strikes me as if I'm hearing it for the first time) but I also feel the world shouldn't give up on music being released today as inferior. The human emotions are boundless, and therefore not confined to a period of time, or a place, or a social class. There's still places to explore, and there's still emotions left unearthed. Beyond that, it's hard to explain how certain words, certain tonal combinations, can move me to tears. Can make me smile and feel that if someone else is feeling this or has felt this, then life can move in a beautiful harmony. My lifelong friends, and they all understand me like no other.

So, I'm making him a mix CD. Maybe I'll change his mind.

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audiate
Jan. 20th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Better start him off easy then.

"Battersea" by Hooverphonic, as an example.



I really don't care about the video...I just wanted you to hear the tune.
audiate
Jan. 20th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Some more off the top of my head...

Still elements of classic or like music to start him off in his comfort zone.

"One Million Miles Away" by J Ralph





"Sour Times" by Portishead




"Dido" by Aria




Something from Rasputina or Johnny Hollow wouldn't hurt either.
life_forsaken
Jan. 20th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, music is still my first love, especially over bad movies, or bad reality TV. I'm not much into radio music much at all myself and have been having a hard time finding any new music that's any good lately. In almost every other decade, I can find something good, even amongst more popular music.

I admit though, I went from buying several CD's a week to buying only a few a year because of this.
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