All songs are important. Of course there are songs that stick out more than the others, but I have a brain that makes connections through music. (Actually, I’ve heard that we all do, but mine is more keen to it.) Any song I have heard is special to me in some way, weather I have bad thoughts about it or good.
The best way to figure out what songs are the most important to me now is to look at my “Most Played” list in the iTunes. Lately though, I have been downloading songs that I want to have with me all the time regardless of wether I have a copy of it stored somewhere else. There is a Paul McCartney song that keeps popping up in my head called “Great Day” and it’s very catchy. I want to hear it all the time because it has a simple message that the day that you are having is in fact going to be a great day so take it a and make something of it. He says that it “Won’t be long” which is I think the qualifier for a good day. The ones that matter are the ones that are suddenly over and you’re looking back on the memories you made bittersweetly.
Supertramp is not a band that I would say I am a huge fan of. I like their songs, but their repertoire isn’t filling my playlists. But the one song of theirs that never tires me is “Give A Little Bit”. That song is just what I want to say to someone that I love. It perfectly describes how I feel when I love someone. All the person has to do is just give a little bit and I’m in. I don’t want to describe all the great lines in the song that speak to me right now, because I would just be writing it out in its entirety. It would be much more effective if you just put it on and thought of me as you listened to it. Then you would know how it is that I love.
Again, we’re getting into a territory that I have covered many times before. Music saturates my life so much that I cannot narrow down my favorites list to just three. There are too many good songs with good memories. If we’re talking about bad memories, though, there is the classical piece by Ravel titled “Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)” which electronic artist William Orbit wrote an arrangement of and was later remixed by Dutch trance guru Ferry Corsten. I listened to that song at a very loud volume after my friend Charles died and I cried my eyes out. He was the one that introduced me to electronic music and gave me that song. I suppose now it’s not necessarily a bad memory, more of a beautiful and somber memory, and I cannot help but think of him whenever I hear it. The music swells and I am swept away in it every time.
The hardest part about musical memories is that they take a long time to go away. If I want to get rid of them, I have to wait until the vinyl has dust on it. Only then will the memories’ echoes become faint and not dampen the enjoyment I wish to feel from them. Some of you may not understand what I mean by all this, but the most intimate connections I make with people are through music. That’s why I wish it were easy to reset your brain after a breakup so you can restore the factory seeings or at least time machine back to before you knew that person. Those imprints are harder to get rid of than the physical things they leave behind.