Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Dark Night and The Perfect Song

So I was out late tonight on a food run. The streets were dark and I was clad in my usual winter attire (Jeans, T-Shirt, Red 2005 Pasdena High School Sweatshirt that rarely gets washed so it feels great). This is one of those moments when you're driving and just need something to sing along to. There are plenty of ways to attack this situation. Do you go for something poppy and catchy to pass the time? Something aggressive to keep you awake? Actually, I settled on Ryan Adams' cover of the Oasis song "Wonderwall". Why? Because it's quiet, sad and arresting all at the same time. Adams takes what was already a beautiful song and transforms it into a song full of longing and melancholy. It just seemed to fit my mood and the situation. Which got me thinking about the nature of music as the external soundtrack to our day to day lives. We all have music that we work out to or work by. We have music that signifies great moments in our life. But it's the songs that we play when we are traveling through the more mundane parts of our day that really shapes our life. Sometimes the perfect song can make those moments seem a little more bearable...

Ryan Adams -- Wonderwall (From Love is Hell)

No comments: