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