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There is a curious phenomenon that I’ve only come across a few times in my music listening history.  Think about an album that you’ve been listening to for a few years or more, an album so familiar that you wouldn’t be able to begin to count how many times you’ve heard it.  Now, think about the last time you listened to that particular album.  Did you really listen to it, or did it simply wash over you?  I’m not implying that you didn’t enjoy it, but you probably feel like you’ve heard all there is to hear, you’ve felt all there is to feel.  The music is well worn and well loved, but you regret that you can’t regain the way you felt when you first heard the album.

Every now and then though, I listen to a song that I’ve heard hundreds of times, only it feels like the first time again.  It’s similar to the feeling you get when you put on a record you love but haven’t heard in awhile.  Something you grew tired of a few months ago and haven’t thought about until now.  That’s a great feeling, but it’s the same as when you jump back into a pool after adult swim is over.  The air is cold, the breeze sharp, but the water welcomes you when the whistle blows.  Very common.  The one I’m describing is much rarer and deeper.

Specifically, I was listening to blink-182’s self-titled album.  This is an album that I’ve been listening to for six or seven years now.  I’ve heard it hundreds of times, I know every single word, every single riff, every drum fill.  Listening to it is sweet nostalgia and comforting familiarity.  I don’t expect to hear new things.  Maybe it was the fact that I was listening to it while driving at night, headlights dancing distantly in my rear-view mirror but no brake lights ahead of me, or the fact that I actually was missing someone at the time, but when “I Miss You” started, I did a double-take at my stereo as if I was hearing a song for the first time, something I knew I would love as soon as it started.  All preconceived notions of what the song would be and where it would go were forgotten.  I didn’t even think about the fact that it was blink-182 playing.  I remember trying to analyze the feeling as it was happening, but every time I would simply get lost in the song again.

Have you guys ever felt that before?  If so, with what song/album?

Stay tuned for next week’s Chan’s Plans, where I talk about my favorite band, The Chan’splants.  Until next time:

Samskeyti717 (11:24:22 PM): just asking this might be why you dont hear it
Samskeyti717 (11:24:50 PM): melodies and song feels remind me of like rent or spring awakening
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:25:03 PM): don’t gay this up
Samskeyti717 (11:25:33 PM): wtf man
Samskeyti717 (11:25:37 PM): just sayin what i hear
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:26:22 PM): all i hear is a million dicks shooting out your mouth
Samskeyti717 (11:28:01 PM): lol
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:28:20 PM): into the dickosphere
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:28:23 PM): that floats around your head




mynameischan
04.08.10
discuss this with me, friends

Bulldog
04.08.10
Mystic Stylez I have heard at least 30+ times in its 77 minute entirety, never gets old. although i do feel the wash over effect you were talking about when i listen to afroman's jobe bells

Athom
04.08.10
Say Anything - Is A Real Boy. A couple months ago one of my car speakers blew out so I switched everything over to the other channel and I started picking up all these new nuances in the music. It was cool. I got to figure out this blog shit.

sniper
04.08.10
That happened to me with FCPREMIX by The Fall of Troy once. It was amazing, just like the first time I ever heard it. I must have listened to Doppelganger like 100 times in the first year I had it, but I kinda lost touch with it for a while. Not that I completely stopped spinning it, but it just washed over me apathetically until for no reason one day it amazed me all over again. It's sad, now I never listen to them anymore.

DaveyBoy
04.08.10
'Survive' by Rise Against. Usually because I'm listening to it for a reason.

Douglas
04.08.10
Gaslight Anthem - 'The 59 Sound'
That whole album just emotes a specific feeling out of me once in a while, its unreal.

Prophet178
04.08.10
Slow Riot never gets old.

plane
04.08.10
Animal Collective's "Leaf House." This has always been a fan favorite I didn't understand. It always sounded undernourished, like there was an element missing. But the other day I realized that was just because I wasn't listening loud enough. Everything sounded fresh and vibrant. It was good.

Tonight I had a run in with "Wolf Like Me" that sounded nothing like before

Damrod
04.08.10
I know this feeling, but I can't quite remember a specific song.

Maybe one thing though: I remember that I was standing in my room and had "Antigone" by Heaven Shall Burn in the player (it was the Metalcore years for me...). The album starts with a quiet intro, and burst into "The Weapon They Fear", which was amongst the heaviest single piece of music I knew back then. Though I heard the song over and over before, it suddenly came over me. I almost trashed my room in a rage of headbanging and air guitar. Good times. =)

AnotherBrick
04.08.10
i love it when you are listening to a song (like you said, that you've heard hundreds of times) and you sing along to one of the lyrics, that you've known for a long fucking time. but for some random reason, those lyrics really stick out to you, and you just dwell on them for awhile. (sorry, kind of drunk so i'm sure that made no sense at all) my example is champagne supernova - "how many special people change" that is probably my all time favorite song, which most people wouldnt know about me. that line really hit me hard last week. well i'm done rambling now

FreePizzaDay
04.08.10
Try everything Trapped Under Ice has ever written. I love it as much as the first time I hear it, and I'm always visualizing myself at a show, and Justice is right in my face and there's people pushing me around. It amps me up even today, when I listen to it for the millionth time and I'm alone in my room at 3 in the morning.

Emim
04.08.10
Mine would be Assurance by Hurt. Great song by itself; even better when thinking about your special someone.

Captain North
04.08.10
The whole Controller album by Misery Signals. If I'm in a really dark mood and I put it on, I just get completely lost in the music. I once remember trying to pinpoint where the sounds were coming from within my head, because it didn't feel like I was listening to anyway, but rather thinking the music into being.

Jim
04.08.10
i get this too much to mention specifics

klap
04.08.10
source tags and codes

Powerban
04.08.10
I had the exact same experience the other day. I put on Pelican's TIOTWBTT and listened to 'Last Day Of Winter' in my sennheiser headphones in pure darkness.

The build up that starts at about 2:10 into the song hit me so hard. It starts off with a double thump of the bass drum followed by a few clicks of the drumsticks and finished with a crash of a symbol. The guitar slowly layers itself over the drums so perfectly and overpowers them. Every second more goose bumps arose on my skin. Not to mention how it just simply flaws you even more when it reaches its climax. Pure transcedental ecstacy.

This is how powerful music can be.

Skimaskcheck
04.08.10
By the Way by the Chili Peppers, still have it as a 5 'cause it's got that much sentimental value. It definitely does 'wash over' now, but there's still a whole lot of enjoyment in the nostalgia!

MusicinaBox
04.08.10
Thrice - The Earth Will Shake.
Whenever this song comes on and I'm just strictly listening to music and doing nothing else, it blows me away like the first time I hear it. Fucking amazing.

Inveigh
04.08.10
This happened to me with White Pony a few months back. For some reason I felt like I was hearing it for the first time all over again -- and I've listened to the shit out of that album, got it the day it came out almost a decade ago. It was like the album gave me a contact high, and I was immersed in Chino's eerily dark, post-apocolyptic sexual fantasy.

I now spend my nights stalking his tour bus.

Mordecai.
04.08.10
Yeah White Pony gets me that way. But seriously, Darkthrone - Under A Funeral Moon is good for that.

Inveigh
04.08.10
I've tried getting into black metal on a couple occasions, but it just never works. Not with Burzum, Wolves in the Throne Room or early Dimmu at least.

robertsona
04.08.10
avalanches - since i left you

some listens im like 'wait why do i love this so much' but always ONE song will suddenly hit me and the rest will just make sense / be awesome from there

Zettel
04.08.10
Yeah, I know that feeling. Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" is probably written in my DNA by now. Even to this day, in those rare ocassions that I play it, some songs still feel like the first time.

porch
04.08.10
angel dust and ok computer


SeaAnemone
04.08.10
chan's plans ranked:

3 (best)
1
2
4

Tits McGee
04.08.10
Blood on the Tracks

Electric City
04.08.10
Taking Back Sunday has been doing that for me recently. Specifically 180 by summer

BigTuna
04.08.10
Frightened Rabbit - Poke

Every damn time.

HugCrewLoveRoll
04.08.10
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago and The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 sound

intothepit83
04.08.10
"Hurt" from NIN/Trent Reznor. I specifically mean the Johnny Cash cover though. Every time I hear it, I feel like I am hearing it for the very first time. It's so emotional and gripping that I put it on repeat about 3 times before I finally move onto the next track. Wonderful song written by Reznor, but Cash owns it

jesusjuice1179
04.08.10
A Song For Starlit Beaches-Yndi Halda

i've listened to that song two dozens times since I've picked it up last week and it's still one of my favorite all time

SowingSeason
04.08.10
i know what you're describing and it is kind of weird..usually it occurs when i give a song/album a break for a long time, but in some cases it happens out of the clear blue.

i love it when it happens though.

Yazz_Flute
04.08.10
Dream Theater - Octavarium (song)

I've probably listened to the full 24-minute song 50+ times over the past 3 years, but it usually comes in large intervals. I may have grown out of Dream Theater slightly but I still would probably consider this my favorite song of all time. The intro on the continuum gives me chills, the first climax causes them to erupt further, and when Labrie first enters I'm fully encapsulated within the song. The guitar solo at the end is unique in that there's zero (...minimal) noodly wanking done by Petrucci, it just slowly builds to the climax tone and I feel like i'm about to burst. It may be done by a band not known for their emotional merit, but it's truly one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. It also says something that 24 minutes can fly by in what feels like around 5-10.

TomServo
04.08.10
Thrice- Artist in the ambulance is this record for me. It's comforting to me and brings back great memories. I know every beat. Sometimes though, different songs hit me (i guess when I'm in the right mood) and give me goosebumps. That's a great feeling.

Nikkolae
04.09.10
As tall as lions s/t gets me everytime from the first time i listen to the piano on Stab city to the hidden track after Maybe Im Just tired, awesome blog chan chan

natey
04.09.10
This happens usually whenever I blaze.

natey
04.09.10
Weakerthans - Virtue the Cat
The National - Mr. November
Mark Northfeld - Zero
Moving Mountains - Grow On Grow Up Grow Out


Geist
04.09.10
I fell in love with Radiiohead's Kid A and Deerhunter's Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. in the same four-hour roadtrip. Haven't stopped listening to them since.

Duderino
04.09.10
i find this happens to me with a lot of neurosis' songs. certain albums that don't really resonate with me will later make me binge on them hard because of their relevance to my current situation in life

zarkinfrood42
04.09.10
Explosions in the Sky-Have You Passed Through This Night?
Emery-In a Win, Win Situation

"Have You Passed Through This NIght?" has been breathtaking every single time I've listened to it. And "In a Win, Win Situation" was always a good closer to The Question, but for about a year/year and a half now, when I hear the song, it completely stops me in my tracks.

kirktastic
04.09.10
This happens usually whenever I blaze.


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ConsciousLife
04.10.10
Hundred Reasons' Kill Your Own, for me. The lyrics to 'The Chance' caught me out the other night and it brought back feelings I thought were long gone.

CharlesBronson
04.10.10
hanoi rocks

elephantREVOLUTION
04.10.10
this happened to me with tiger and the duke by the sound of animals fighting. that's one of my favorite album ever, but i can't listen to it anymore.

ant4tbc
04.10.10
Streetlight Manifesto's Everything Went Numb and The Blood Brother's Crimes.

These two albums truly helped me branch out musically, and , in my opinion, are both classics.

Iluvatar
04.10.10
wish you were here by pink floyd

Relinquished
04.10.10
Everlong by Foo Fighters

qwe3
04.10.10
airbag by radiohead

Iluvatar
04.10.10
if we were talking about albums, gotta say blink 182's self titled and then 2112 by rush.

qwe3
04.10.10
blinks s/t iluv you rule

Iluvatar
04.10.10
its between that and tell all your friends really. i like tayf more but something about that blink album man

Relinquished
04.10.10
I love that album too

qwe3
04.10.10
i agree. i'll put it on and have to listen to it all the way through

EVedder27
04.11.10
Third Eye Blind - s/t

Pretty much everyone on sputnik knows that by now though...

Greggers
04.11.10
Ten by Pearl Jam, listened for the first time in a good 6 months a few weeks ago and it still hit me as hard as when I first heard it, specifically Black and Jeremy

thejared
04.11.10
As Cities Burn - Timothy

LiquidVelvet
04.11.10
Happens to me a lot with Dir en grey, Bon Iver, and From First To Last's 'Heroine'
I don't even know

TheyTookOurJobs
04.12.10
The Offspring - S/T

TheyTookOurJobs
04.12.10
oh and Good Charlotte - Chronicles of live and death

bailar12
09.19.10
i personally like this one better though chan

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