Couple of days back I was strumming my acoustic just how I usually do on a lazy evening to relax myself. I was playing a random chord progression when suddenly in all randomness it started sounding very familiar. Even though I could not pin on the particular song that the rhythm was of, I kept feeling a place in my mind. I continued to repeat the strumming until I could remember the song but I kept remembering a place and moment instead. It was a fine evening lit up brightly by the street lights along the bay of the Singapore river. Then it hit me, the song that was coming back to me, “Ache” by James Carrington.
It’s quite amazing how you could feel a place, a person or some moment so strongly from a song. Some songs that capture you when you listen to them, bind together with your environment, the people around you and that moment when you listened to the song. How you felt when you first listened to that song, blue or euphoric you will always feel again when ever you listen again. Then again this does not seem to happen with every song. It takes the one that knock you off your socks. When I first heard “Ache” by James Carrington, I had just downloaded the song when I was in Singapore and I put on my headset while taking a walk down the street. Still remember that moment every single time I listen to this song.
Another strong moment of a song was “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles. I was on a plan to San Diago and was listening to the on flight XM radio. As the flight was on its final descend on a bright and clear afternoon, the song started playing as I stared through the little excuse of a window at the lazy San Diago. Every time I listen to the song I could feel that moment just like I could feel my friends around when I listen to “Say When” by Fray and just like I could feel the chilling water of Belihul Oya bounce of my toes when I listen to “Melt my heart to stone” by Adele and just like I can feel my girl right next to me when I listen to “Day Light” by Maroon 5.
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