The soundtrack to life

Music plays a huge role in our lives, whether we admit to it or not. It sets and describes our mood, it helps with memory formation, forms associations with people and situations. What’s more, no one person’s exact set of music preferences are likely to match another’s, so there seems to be good sense in arguing that it defines a person – not necessarily their character or outlook, but rather their uniqueness.

And here is an interesting thought. The music you are listening to now, or have listened to today, is part of a soundtrack. The soundtrack of your life. It is unique in every sense of the word. Because while someone else may have listened to the exact same song at the exact same time you did, the circumstances and feelings at the time you listened to it are unique to you.

Furthermore, have you ever noticed that if you are listening to a playlist you have made, or in some cases someone else made for your enjoyment, or even one of your favourite albums – be it on tape, cd, or streaming music service – there are certain songs that you listen to over and over again. Songs that you just have to play for a second, third, fourth time in a row. That it sometimes feel like your entire commute, or whatever else you were doing, was dominated by that one song. Simply because you like their sound, or lyrics, or for some other mystical reason. These are the songs that I find most clearly define your life at any given instant. Not your entire life, but that “snapshot” of a moment in your life.

I was thinking about this all day, and I decided to share with you a list of the 10 (arbitrary number, I know) songs that I I just could not resist playing on repeat over the past few weeks (being vague for a reason – phases or periods of our life can not be encapsulated in a specific time frame). Not analyse the reasons for doing so, or explaining what they mean to me or for my life. Just a list of favourite songs from my phone playlist.

So here goes, in no particular order:

  1. Florence + the Machine – You’ve got the love
  2. The Black Keys – Fever
  3. Jamiroquai – Seven Days in Sunny June
  4. Marlene Shaw – California Soul
  5. Weezer – Thank God for Girls
  6. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  7. Charles Aznavour – For me formidadable
  8. Kid Rock – All Summer Long
  9. Billy Joel – Piano Man
  10. Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked

(I just had to add a number 11. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama)

So, next time you press the rewind button so that you can hear a song again, just think that the moment is unique to you among the more than 7 billion people on the planet. And perhaps smile. Because life is beautiful, and unique.

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