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For all that I have petulantly written about the death of music, whether it be a personal death inside of me or the death of the music industry as a whole, there are still so many things about music that I cannot deny – how it gets under your skin and you can feel it vibrating in your veins, how it roots you to the spot and wraps you up tight and keeps you warm, how it is the closest thing we have to something that is incontrovertibly mystical.  I could say that certain things have moved me – love, or sadness, or being alive – but those are all a distillation of the same general feelings, and none can do what music does.

Can I explain it?  Can anyone?

Of course, it has been explained.  Scientifically, physiologically.  I don’t want to know the details though.

Speaking of music’s magic just sounds trite but maybe that is because we have all felt it and balk at attempts to dissect it and classify it and file it away.  But it is a magic we can feel every day and what a shame it is that sometimes we grow bored of it, as I have so many times.  I do feel, though, that I need the boredom sometimes, that I need the reduction of music to some day-to-day minutiae born out of a years-long habit to have a melody playing in the background or something there to tell me the specifics of how I should be feeling.

I think that the main thing I am trying to say is this:  Our sense of smell is our strongest tie to memory, but what has that brought me?  The swirling of cigarette smoke on a chilly night and the golden waltz of shampoo particles in the air bring vivid memories of hurt, heartache, loss.  Music has too, of course.  But what I am saying is that certain smells do not conjure clear images of the profound quiet of a snowfall as it muffles the inconsequential sounds of our lives in white noise, and certain smells do not cause my nerves to sing out in unison of some unknown, indefatigable passion, and certain smells do not tug my heart alternately to the right and to the left.

Which is to say, I’d give up my definitive memories for the indefinite, sweeping nostalgia of music – my one great love, and yours too, I know.





mynameischan
09.12.10
to sputnik, one and all

robertsona
09.12.10
this is sweet

RosaParks
09.12.10
ily

cinaedus
09.12.10
you need to finish the history of sputnik though

tombits
09.12.10
u fgt

Iluvatar
09.12.10
worst yet

mynameischan
09.12.10
iluvatar you only say that about things you agree with

Iluvatar
09.12.10
say it aint sooooooo-whoah oh

Enotron
09.12.10
post needs more scathingness

Captain North
09.12.10
I always enjoy reading someone else's writing on my own thoughts. Thank you.

Except, smell does nothing for me. If I was to lose a sense, I wouldn't even bat an eyelid about losing my ability to smell.

Ire
09.12.10
Chan’s Plans #22: The Rebirth Of Music written on the release day of Bitchfork's split with Mappy. They're related, I know it.

shrapnel
09.12.10
needs more Pit and Wiz cartoons

fromtheinside
09.12.10
totes magotes on this.

Fluorine
09.12.10
Yes.

emilyyy
09.12.10
i like it when u dont write stuff like this

mynameischan
09.12.10
that is because you don't have the capacity of human intelligence that i do

emilyyy
09.12.10
well if ur an idiot and dont understand the joke of subbing in a greek letter which phonetically gives the first syllable of the word "music"...

Transient
09.12.10
:') it's so great meeting people who you can tell feel the same way about music as you

Emim
09.12.10
Magic everywhere in this bitch.

Oceanus
09.12.10
I liked it, chan.

SowingSeason
09.12.10
honestly, i can't listen to most music without being taken back to something - pleasant or unpleasant - that conjures up vivid memories like very few other stimuli have the ability to do

DaveyBoy
09.12.10
Chan, are you that guy at the end of the new 30 Seconds To Mars video?

Knott-
09.12.10
BURN^

"how it is the closest thing we have to something that is incontrovertibly mystical."

yyeaaah that's the one.

VicariousIntent
09.12.10
Had an absurdly shitty day and this made me feel a bit better for some reason. Gives me hope to keep trying to write my own stuff. Thank you.

Thor
09.12.10
best chans plans yet

liledman
09.12.10
now lets all play free jazz and get mystical

DiceMan
09.12.10
Agree with Tom, smelling is overrated.

theacademy
09.12.10
i like this

i missed out on having a myspace so ilike this

Aids
09.12.10
omg new chan's plans.

This one was nice though. It made me see the man behind the noob-pwning mega-elitist. Well done, sir.

AnotherBrick
09.12.10
yup

Spare
09.12.10
pretty amazing post channer

ConsiderPhlebas
09.12.10
This is retarded teenage girl fodder

therayder
09.12.10
This is good

Maniac!
09.12.10
Oh look. Chan has a soul after all.

GodspeedEmperor
09.12.10
rubbish. sentimental rubbish

gaslightanthem
09.12.10
was someone really stupid enough to post they wouldn't care if they lost their sense of smell?

also my back hurts,

oh and good post channing

mynameischan
09.12.10
i love teenage girls

i hope they see this and want to make out with me

GodspeedEmperor
09.12.10
what a moving reflection on the ineffable quality of the musical experience, irreducible to any physiological impulse or explanation. oh wait is that the scent of putrid hogshit i smell?

no, it's just another disgustingly schmaltzy chan's plan

robertsona
09.12.10
lol roasted

mynameischan
09.12.10
nah i said it can and has been explained numerous times and in numerous ways


Countess
09.12.10
"It made me see the man behind the noob-pwning mega-elitist."

i think i prefer THAT guy


mynameischan
09.12.10
i'll be whoever you want me to be nikki spencer

Countess
09.12.10
yea, go back to being the noob-pwning mega-elitist then

Aids
09.12.10
yea, go back to being the noob-pwning mega-elitist then[2]

But still drop by and comment on shit every once in a while. You (and much of the sputnik elite) are too cool to post here often anymore. Which is fine I guess but I'm sick of sifting through pages of enrique and b4k bullshit before seeing something semi-intelligent.

Baphomet
09.12.10
magic everywhere in this bitch

mynameischan
09.12.10
i post a lot

ConsiderPhlebas
09.12.10
Teenage girls don't come on Sputnik - you need to take your material to Myspace with the quickness. What happened to the dry and acerbic Chan, though? That guy could write.

mynameischan
09.12.10
wtf i only write stuff like this occasionally stop acting like it's the end of the world

SeaAnemone
09.12.10
this is cheesier than a provolone sandwich

porch
09.12.10
golden waltz of shampoo particles

ConsiderPhlebas
09.12.10
I wasn't, man. Just needling ya.

mynameischan
09.12.10
cheesy as a typical emo track right seanameone

Ire
09.12.10
lol

SeaAnemone
09.12.10
"cheesy as a typical emo track right seanameone"

see that's what I'm looking for when I read Chan's Plans not the kinda stuff my Creative Writing professor writes in his leather-bound "writer's notebook" while he stares at the tits of girls sitting in the front row and "ponders human sexuality" or some bs sorry I got off track there


mynameischan
09.12.10
hey man you try writing 25 separate blog posts that are all really funny it gets hard :[

cinaedus
09.12.10
your blog posts are getting progressively worse write about glee or something again

ConsiderPhlebas
09.12.10
Saying bad things about emo is like throwing the gauntlet at Sea's feet

mynameischan
09.12.10
well lakes luckily i don't hold myself to your standards

Enotron
09.12.10
ziiiing

Countess
09.12.10
"well lakes luckily i don't hold myself to your standards"

that's the Chan we all know and love!
or at least I do

Ire
09.12.10
please make an article about scene kids and bros and i will love you forevs

mynameischan
09.12.10
i am thinking about doing one about bitchfork's music actually

cinaedus
09.12.10
do it, it would pwn

Countess
09.12.10
do one about the B4K/Mappy split

Ire
09.12.10
ya totally

mynameischan
09.12.10
no i like mappy so i'm not going to say anything about him but bitchfork is another matter

Ire
09.12.10
Yeah Mappy is cool. A bfrot article would be funny.

Enotron
09.13.10
his shit on the mappy split was mega tamed

ConsiderPhlebas
09.13.10
Do Bitchfork

thebhoy
09.14.10
all is nothing without language.

thebhoy
09.14.10
I go to learnaversity.

qwe3
09.15.10
"needs more Pit and Wiz cartoons"

no

alachlahol
09.15.10
were you drunk when you wrote this?

that golden waltz of shampoo particles line really hit an emotional chord with me bro thanks for that

Omaha
09.18.10
I enjoyed this; it's good to hear an articulate version of the topic. I feel the same way, but couldn't have put it together as well. :P
Mew's "No More Stories" has gotten me through so much crap in life!

Puzzles
09.20.10
fuck the nose bitchez

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