Τετάρτη, 17 Απριλίου 2013

Blog no.2: All we need is music.

Dear fellow humans,

I have to say that I've struggled to draw inspiration to write my second blog. I'm so sorry that I kept you waiting (talking to the few guys who stumbled upon my first blog after running out of stuff to do online). Anyways, as I said I couldn't find inspiration to write this. I know it's 3 o' clock after midnight and I'm probably going to regret staying up late tomorrow but I have things to say and I'm listening to John Murphy's "The surface of the sun". Can't stop now, can I?

The above combination of sleepiness and an epic soundtrack has lead me to today's topic: music. To clear it out, with music I mean good, inspirational music. Even though everyone's perception of what's good and what's not is different, we can all relate to this topic. I believe we all experience similar feelings related to the music we listen to, doesn't matter if that comes from listening to Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Eminem, the Black Eyed Peas or a surprisingly good street artist. Music can make you feel things you otherwise wouldn't. That's why it's so heavily integrated into movies. Imagine watching Inception's last scene twithout listening to Hans Zimmer's "Time". Or the Ocean's 11 fountain scene without Debussy's "Claire de Lune" playing in the background. How about Pokemon: The power of one, without the beautiful ocarina melody? Music reaches deep inside your heart and triggers your emotions. It can make you smile. It can make you cry. It can make you think about things beyond your everyday concerns. It can inspire you to do things you otherwise wouldn't. And it will exist as long as humanity does.

Music is as important to me as water. All right, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but it is pretty damn important. If you asked me what I'd rather be blind or deaf, I would say blind. I can live without being able to see, but you are able to feel much more with your ears rather than your eyes. I'm self-taught at playing the guitar and I enjoy singing as well, mostly practicing behind the shower curtain, using a shampoo bottle for a microphone. You would think everybody does that but just the other day my sister said to me "What the hell are you still doing in there? You have short hair for crying out loud". Ah sister, if you can't enjoy some quality bath-singing, I don't know what's wrong with you. Other than that, I listen to music everyday. Every second I'm on my computer (which is a lot) and some times in class to calm my tired mind after several hours of physics and maths. The kind of music I listen to depends on my mood. For example, I listen to some Franz Ferdinand on my way to school just for a smooth transition between sleep and an early class, I listen to InFlames when I'm exercising to get pumped and some rock n' roll when I'm on my computer gaming or working. Now I'm listening to some smooth Jet songs, to not interrupt my writing process.

The magic in music is that it's associated to each and everyone of us in different ways. I associate songs to my memories. I keep these songs in my playlists and when I randomly stumble upon them, these memories come back to me. Through music, I travel in my past, remembering all the good times and leaving all the negative ones behind. And there goes "Stairway to heaven", one of my favourite songs playing in the background, the timing couldn't have been more perfect. So, listening to music makes me think. Think about what really matters in life. It takes away all my concerns and it travels me somewhere with no obligations, in my own world, just me and my thoughts. And it's awesome.

I could go on and on about this subject but I have to sleep sometime soon, unfortunately I'm also expendable. Next time you are worried about something, pick up your headphones, plug them in and get lost in your own world. Until next time, I 'll leave you with these lines from the movie August Rush:

"Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind...in the air...in the light. It's all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do...is listen".

Goodnight people of the internet.

My regards,
Stelios Zesiades.



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  1. Except we prefer placebo's "in the cold light of morning" on our way to early class, because placebo beats franz ferdinard!

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    1. Not to say that placebo aint good, but you gotta weak up listening to Franz Ferdinand! I mean I'm bored, Alex, wanna get high?;p

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