On a recent beach holiday, my wife and I would tag team with our two young kids. I’d take the kids to the beach in the morning. She would take the kids in the afternoon while I would:
1. try to get some writing work done
2. clean up around the unit we were all staying in.
I had the rare gift of time – and I loved it.
I decided one day to enjoy a real indulgence. Instead of having my favourite music on in the background while I did chores – I decided to listen to two of my favourite albums by The Cure – uninterrupted – and in bed!
Please let me explain.
When I was a teenager I fell ill with glandular fever and I had to stay in bed. I’d read and often listen to my favourite albums at the time including The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds and Faith.
I know The Cure had a reputation for depressing music – but I was more interested in the “art” of those albums – the sounds that were so “new” for that time (the drums and the phased guitars and bass) – and how short instrumentals would blend into fast driving songs.
I also loved the “unusual” sounds like what I describe as “angry breathing” on Play for Today on Seventeen seconds.
Anyway, one afternoon on this beach holiday I decided to listen to both these albums – in bed – and to really listen.
What a treat – what happy memories of a time of musical discovery!
What a luxury of listening to entire albums and the way one song blends into another and actively listening to the production and the sounds.
Maybe I’m just a big music nerd! If you enjoy your music too – I encourage you to take the time to listen to your favourite albums from start to finish with total focus.
Yes, I know we are often too busy – but I am so glad I took the time to really re-discover these albums in bed – the way I “discovered” them the first time round!
After listening the these albums – I started exploring videos on Youtube.
The clips reminded me of bands I played in at university. We were in Brisbane, Australia – but we loved that UK vibe and image.
Anyway, I better go do some more house chores – like fixing that tap that just goes drip, drip drip…
I live an ordered, contented life these day – but listening to The Cure makes reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm of those uni days!
In a previous post, I wrote about how I loved to listen to Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust when I was driving dusty roads. It was a real joy to listen to these early Cure albums in bed.
Do you have any type of music you like to listen to in any particular locations?
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Also, please share what the music of The Cure means to you. Any favourite songs?
Here’s a link to a clip of Play for Today and some of those unusual sounds like the “angry breathing”. I always loved the cymbal sounds too.
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