Today I’m going to do another one of my posts about music – yay!
I’ve said before how music is an important part of my life. I’m not sure I could get through the day without listening to some form of music. And I’ve also posted before about the types of music I particularly enjoy. It’s not serious music. It’s not classical music. It’s the pure joy of what I suppose could be best described as pop-rock music.
If you knew me, you may think this an odd sort of choice. I’m a pretty conservative sort of person (in the personal sense – definitely not the political sense). I’m buttoned down. I’m organised. I don’t go out and do wild and crazy things. I also have a really strong sense of order. I like to do things in a certain way.
You might expect that my musical choices would reflect these personal preferences. I would seem like the sort of person who would sit down and listen to a carefully composed and highly organised classical concerto or symphony. And I’m not saying I don’t enjoy that type of music, because I do. But if I really want to be taken somewhere else, it’s not the first type of musical I would choose.
It’s in the seemingly wild and unkempt sound of rock music that I can really immerse myself. And maybe there’s a good reason for that. Maybe, because my life is so careful and organised, I need to find something that is the antithesis of this in order to make myself feel a little more complete.
But it’s more than just the music itself. It’s something about the whole aura of the people who produce the music. Rock musicians are known for living pretty wild and crazy lifestyles. You couldn’t get more opposite to the kind of life I live than the kind of life lived by your average rock star.
I’m not saying I aspire to that sort of lifestyle – to be honest I don’t think I have the constitution to be able to handle it. I’m not even sure if I approve of it, because at heart I’m a real prude. And can you imagine what the world would be like if everybody lived their life like Keith Richards?
But in a funny kind of way, I think we need those kinds of people. We need people who can let loose, even though we tut tut about it. It’s like their debaucheries are doing a kind of public service – acting like some kind of societal safety valve.
I get that when I listen to the music. And though I could never in my wildest dreams imagine myself sharing that kind of life, for a small moment, I can still live it.
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