When was the last time you made a playlist for someone? When was the last time you made a playlist for yourself for that matter? How long has it been since you’ve sat down and considered just how big a part music plays in your life? Do you ever get that feeling, you know the one, the hectic wave of nostalgia that sweeps over you and stops you in your tracks every time you hear a specific song? When was the last time you asked yourself what music really means to you?
This week, us here at Newcastle Live would love you to ask yourself these questions. We’re always trying to encourage people to get out and about and enjoy the live music scene here in Newcastle, but maybe it’s time for us all to look inward and take stock.
Without even realising it, music plays a very big and very important role in our lives. There are songs which connect us, song that divide us, bands that make us hug strangers and moments that make fully grown people cry. Music keeps us company in the morning, on our commute, or at the end of a long day. Music is the distraction we need, the common ground we are constantly searching for. Music can be a hobby, a lifestyle, a look, a feel, a community. But what does it really mean to you?
Do you remember the days where you would spend hours and hours, mulling over a list of songs that you’d picked for the special someone? Sure back in the day this list of songs was on a CD (or a tape) and the track list scrawled in a loop on the top but… how did it make you feel? And why was it that you chose to say what you needed to say with music as opposed to writing a letter or composing some sort of interpretive mime routine?
Music speaks to a part of us that I don’t think we will ever fully understand. It causes Goosebumps, and tears, and also instructs us to throw our hands in the air like we just don’t care. But that’s beside the point.
I guess what we’re really trying to ask here is, we would love it if you took stock of the music that makes up the soundtrack to your life. We’d love to hear the songs that shaped your golden years, or perhaps the years you’d prefer to forget. What was the song that was playing when you fell in love, or drove your first car, or snuck out for the first time? What does music really mean to you?