“If it sounds good and feels good then it IS good” – Duke Ellington
I often use this quote when asked how I choose my music selections. But what if my music selection comes from something that is ingrained deeper inside? What if I subconsciously choose tunes that I love because somehow heard them when I was a small child?
When I was younger I was fascinated by television. On any given Saturday morning you could always find me sitting on the floor two feet from the screen mesmerized by the cartoons, and everyday after school my routine consisted of wrapping myself in a blanket, eating a bowl of cereal and tuning on The Little Rascals. This ritual was the ultimate feeling of comfort. So as I was searching the Little Rascals archives on YouTube for future blog post, I discovered that a good portion of my music repertoire actually comes from that show. Songs like Just Friends and Melancholy Baby and I’m Through With Love are just a few that top my list.
So it makes me wonder… perhaps when I hear these old tunes from the 1930s am I subconsciously going back to a time of safety and comfort? Or am I simply drawn to the music because it “sounds good and feels good”? Wonder if the background music played in video games will do the same for future generations? Will we hear lounge versions of Mario Brothers at future dinner parties? What do you think? Is there a song that transports you?
I just created a holiday playlist in Spotify. I think it’s rather perfect as background music for a party, opening gifts Christmas morning, or while watching a crackling fire on a silent night.
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