It’s like when you see peoples lists and they have a bunch of new stuff from 2014 in there and part of me thinks it’s just for show. “I’m still listening and loving new music!”, that sorta thing. I am a bit sceptical, I admit. I’m not discounting it completely mind and I understand that peoples approaches to music vary wildly but it’s not something I can relate to really.
Like I said, my top 20 or so has been largely the same for years. Some newer records hover around the top 100 perhaps but not many. It’s why when you see peoples lists of favourite albums it’s generally more interesting to me the further back you go. Generally speaking, music simply hits you harder when you are younger so it makes sense that the music you discover during that period (say, from your teens to your mid 20s) will be hard to beat because it’s the soundtrack to a particularly intense period of your life.
As you get older and things settle down a bit (I don’t mean into work or relationships but settling into yourself) there’s maybe less opportunities for records to crack the top 20 you know. When I think back to that period it was very emotionally up and down for me. I’m sure it is for a lot of people because, hey, growing up but the relationship with your favourite records is just so intense and all consuming. It’s like those teenage crushes you have at school. Now that I’m approaching 40 I can recognise that this intensity is probably gone forever, to a degree. There’s still moments of course and records still blow me away but it’s not quite the same as it once was. When I think about, say, A Wizard A True Star I know that it partly means so much to me because I was going through a difficult period and struggling with depression when I first heard it. That record was like a life jacket to me (specifically, Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel) but the whole thing provided some kind of magical escape. These days I’m settled, I’m relatively stable, it’s just different (maybe I need to start smoking weed again).
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