i’ve never felt so exquisitely loved than in those, the darkest moments of my life. it was a love that was not expressed in words or actions or touch. they simply poured it out toward me because that was all there was to do. it was a love that simply was. and it was a force. we trusted the efficiency and efficacy of the thing itself, which we don’t always do, do we?
On one of my favorite movies, Elizabethtown, they discuss “last looks” and how memorable they are. But I challenge that idea. The most memorable sensation for me is the “first listen”. I’ll go out of my way to insure an album that is pre-determined to be important to me is listened to in a setting that I’ll pleasantly remember any time I hear those same songs in the future. There’s something about music that has the ability to draw us back into a single instant and change the entire path of our day, or sometimes longer. It’s terrifying and the most incredible feeling to be a part of that impact. To know that every day when I go to “work,” I am serving people that are subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) changing the world, two ears at a time.
This morning, I set my alarm for 8:00 and woke up at 7:30 because I was so excited to begin my morning with a “first listen”. I traveled to my favorite coffee shop, purchased a cup of coffee and headed to the patio. The weather outside is perfect and this is one of my favorite places to sit and write so I was pretty certain it’d be a great place for a first listen.
Part of the challenge of first listens is that I don’t want them to overlap. I don’t want to have too many soundtrack memories in the same location. My theory is that if I get better at creating these memories in locations across the city that I live in, the city will become increasingly more enchanting. I always want music to make me happy. And sometimes that means creating your own means of reviving those passions. My way is by creating space that I can revisit and remember how it felt to hear these notes for the very first time.
My challenge for you today:
Travel to a new location with a set of headphones and an album you’ve never heard before. Create a “first listen" that you can always turn back to for peace and happiness.