Saturday, May 14, 2011

On intense investigation

I once knew someone whose favourite song was Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved".

I never quite got why, and I never asked. I listened to the song, and concluded that it was okay, but not great. Hardly a song worth listing as a favourite, I thought. Not even the best by Maroon 5.

I tried some more. The rhythm is ordinary. The melody nothing special. Could it be the lyrics?

I listened to the lyrics. Looked them up online. Read them several times. Noticed they were meaningful, but failed to see spectacular. Kind of a happy-sad song. It didn't make me happy, though. Or sad.

In the end, I accepted that we had different taste.

I moved on.

It wasn't until recently I rediscovered the song. This time I thought it sounded pretty awesome.

If nothing else because it reminded me of an old friend.

12 comments:

mooderino said...

That was a pretty sweet post.

LL Cool Joe said...

As a dj I get asked to play a great deal of music that I'm not that keen on or just don't really "get", but when I see people on the dance floor and realise how special it is to them, it makes it special to me too.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

It's strange that songs that we don't much like at first when hearing them at another point in life has the reverse effect.

Yvonne.

The Words Crafter said...

Isn't it really neat how that changes? Some songs that were the world to me now mean very little. Others that I never really cared for....mean something. I guess it's just what we pack away on our journey that calls to them (the songs).

Sweet that it reminds you of a friend. Now, I got to go listen to the song :) Happy Weekend!

li said...

I think music is, in some ways, like smell (bear with me!). Certain songs become attached to certain memories or emotions, sometimes regardless of their makeup. I don't especially care for the smell of creosote, but it reminds me in a pleasant way of playing by the abandoned railroad tracks as a child. There are 1 or 2 songs I never really cared for, but I'll listen because they remind me of someplace or something. Or someone. (Rambling. Sorry.)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And the memory is better than the actual quality of the song!

Jules said...

And that is what music is for, transcending time. Nice post :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Kelly said...

So often for me it's not really the song...it's the place in time to which it transports me. I can fasten a place or event to most every song I listen to. I love music!!

LTM said...

LOL! omg, I had almost the exact experience with that Train song "Drops of Jupiter." Well, it was very popular around here, and I ,.. didn't care for it.

then hubs started a campaign of mercilessly ridiculing the song.

NOW I've been listening to it and getting all sappy b/c we're separated while he's living in Indy working and I'm here w/the girls...

*sniff* Now that she's back in the atmosphere *sniff* with drops of Jupiter in her hair... *sniff sniff sniff* LOL!!! :D nerds.

Bruce Coltin said...

If we live long enough, we eventually find ourselves loving an unremarkable song for what it connects us to. You said it perfectly.

Jemi Fraser said...

It really is amazing how different we all our and how our perspectives differ. I like it that way! Although it would be nice if just one member of my family would like sci-fi and fantasy!

Michael Offutt said...

My tastes have changed over time too, especially, what I find delicious. I used to hate eating beets. Now, I love them.

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