I was in the car the other day and Stairway to Heaven came on the radio. I overcame the (mild) reflex to groan, then settled in to listen. Before long waves of memories and feelings began to wash over me. I was grateful I had resisted the impulse to change the station.
Then I got to thinking: that’s what we dig about a great song. The memories, the feelings, the associations – and not just in songs we’ve heard a zillion times.
A really good song will reach out and grab parts of the world around you. It will latch on to little bits of you and make itself real. It does so right away, and then only grows from there. It attaches itself to you, and sticks with you forever. It is everything you experience.
In essence, the song is about you. So next time you hear a classic and think you might be bored, watch it; you’re kinda thinking about life.