Think of life without music, silence the whole day long, ears that don’t hear rhythm, words without a song. Such inspiring lyrics from a favourite song, reminded me how important music is in life. Strangely its something I sporadically forget, such is life in the nomadic fast lane. My iPod is rammed with 160GB’s of music, more than 78 days of continuous listening, yet I barely find time, other than when running, to listen to any of it. It makes me wonder is there enough music recorded to enable someone to listen for a lifetime without repeating a song by the same artist? For me that might just be heaven, lost in world of rhythm, dance and sound. Indians are obsessed with it, Italians are ensconced in it, the
Welsh virtually communicate in it and yet its surprising that we limit it in favour of more dull endeavours. What constitutes music though and what does it take to be a song, is it “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” as defined by the much maligned Criminal Justice act in 1994 to hinder “illegal” public music gatherings… I think that’s a bit dry! Perhaps its the mythical 30 seconds that some believe constitutes copyright of music….. for some tunes that could be too long! For me it can be as simple as a morning routine such as the sound of a tap bursting to life, switching on the kettle and even hearing the microwave ping ( a bit like the beginning of Pink Floyd’s “Money”). I believe Elvis Presley said its whatever gets your feet moving and I kind of like that definition. As such 2013 is definitely going to be my year of sound! I’ve flirted with salsa with a little success and even dabbled in tango, with no joy at all, but for sure my resolution for 2013 is to listen to more music, dance to more music and if possible start making music again. I long for that creativity, spirituality and escapism that, other than a novel, only music can provide. So what do you consider sounds of regal splendour – please send me votes and ideas on your most uplifting song! On a rainy day in Sydney, when there’s not much else to do, here’s that little jovial number from Mr. Scruff – Music takes me up!