I think we’ve all heard, “Don’t talk if you can’t improve upon the silence”. That sums up exactly how I feel about music. I like silence. A lot, actually. And if the music can’t improve upon the silence … Well, why bother?
There are a few bands that I adore, whose music utterly consumes me, that don’t fall into my typical lyrically-dense-thought-provoking-singer-songwriter listening repertoire. Since I’m using this blog as an outlet for both writing and sharing the music I love, I may not highlight on these “special cases” as much. It’s harder to write about why something makes me feel the way it makes me feel when I don’t entirely understand it myself.
Last year I was shopping with my bestest girl in Barcelona, Spain. It was the last day of our 10 day adventure. We were on a mission to find a few items that we desperately wanted to return home with. On a whim we switched gears from what had been our focus and wandered into a shoe store. I didn’t realize it then, but I think we were magnetically drawn there. We were inside the store barely more than 60 seconds, and I had one of the most sensational out-of-body experiences I’ve ever had. I was just looking around and yet, I could feel something in the air. Energy. The atmosphere was delicious. I was intrigued, and for no apparent reason. We’d been in a number of stores not so very different than this. The music was loud. The song that had been playing ended and a new one began. It happened then.
Now I’ve experienced a lot of things when it comes to music. Instantaneous joy. Gut wrenching sorrow. Light-hearted-not-a-care-in-the-world-euphoria. I have physically felt my heart get crushed under the weight of an especially potent song. But I can honestly say what happened during this song was a first for me. Time and space lost their relevance, and I felt quite literally swallowed by this song. What if you could walk through your TV and into a music video- without meaning to. A trip? A stumble? A fall? Definitely a fall. Head over heels – Alice in Wonderland style. This music wasn’t like anything you’d find on my iPod. No intricate guitar picking or thought-provoking lyrics. In fact, I couldn’t get past the contagious beat. The only lyric I could make out was “Oh” and it was repeated often. I explain this only because I hope to portray the oddness of my attraction to this song. I didn’t choose it the way I handpick everything that I subject my ears to. It chose me. Claimed me really. IT. WAS. INTENSE. I remained in a trance through the entire song. If anyone was looking at me I wonder if it was apparent that I had abandoned my body. The song ended and I was returned to myself as seamlessly as I’d been taken. And I returned with the knowledge of “We Have Band”. It was truly one of the highlights of our already incredible trip.
This was the song. I love it every bit as much as I did when I first heard it – but even better? I love the entire album. This song is just the tip of the iceberg. Sizzle.
If your interest has been peaked … here’s another favorite:
Aaannd the new album will be out next week. A tasty morsel from it: