I love the way that songs can transport us to a time and place and conjure up the same feelings now, that we had then. There are some songs that take me right back to hanging out with friends and revelling in the spontaneity of our youth. We’d drink until the wee small hours in rundown flats with rotten floorboards, peeling paint, and hungry rats that scurried between the walls at night.
We relaxed on worn-out sofas with wonky springs, not caring about the temporary state of our half-starved student days discussing postmodernist theory and challenging each others ideas about existentialism. Then we’d dance and laugh with the music turned up loud, shutting out the rest of the world as clouds of smoke wafted around us.
In our minds there was no tomorrow. We were living for today, in this moment, right now.
Back then I had no concrete idea of where I wanted to go or what I wanted to be, only knowing that one day I hoped to grow into the person that I felt I ‘could’ be.
I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately, consciously seeking it out. I want to be moved: moved to dance, to remember…to feel.
You Are a Memory is the kind of song that allows you to sit inside it. There’s an intensity of emotion and it’s reflective without being indulgent. I’ve cried multiple times watching the video because there’s such intensity of longing, but it’s also in the music. It transports me and makes me feel ever present — aware of my thoughts, feelings and actions — bringing me closer to myself, and my own desire to create.
You are a Memory is on the album ‘Maps’ by Message to Bears (alias for composer, Jerome Alexander). I recommend the album and this song is only one of many beautiful tracks. My other favourites; I Know You Love to Fall and Two Finds Two. I loved this album so much that I also bought the recently released, Carved from Tides.