At least now thanks to a friend of mine.
Yeah. Well. Thanks. I didn’t have enough to do right now ANYWAYS.
So, then, onwards to adventure!
Spring music is a wide and difficult terrain for me. It’s not that much wider or more difficult than summer, winter and fall music, but… It’s happening RIGHT NOW, so there’s that. It’s got that immediate danger glowing around itself, staring at me with its damnable intensity. So I crack my knuckles, sit down, kick iTunes to “on” and start listening to music and writing this post. A post of impressions, memories, thoughts and peculiar patterns.
First of, in a spoiler-quote-box, the initial comment which inspired all this. With some initial music in it. As well as accompanying pictures. As well as being in German.
[expand title=”Post”]Death in June – Runes and Men – Dazu: http://sgtscrap.deviantart.com/art/Drama-Cloud-213590765?q=gallery%3Asgtscrap%2F22493494&qo=3 [Es ist das perfekte Lied für Wochenende im Frühling, wenn man draußen ist und die Wolken schweben sieht. Foto ist selbst gemacht.]
Human League – Don’t You Want Me – Dazu: http://sgtscrap.deviantart.com/art/Sun-over-Denmark-Ray-of-Hope-18176823?q=gallery%3Asgtscrap%2F22493494&qo=14 [Später Frühling, Abends, mit guten Freunden und vielleicht auch der Person die man wirklich gerne hat. Auch hier selbst gemachtes Foto, also gerne benutzen wenn du magst, auch für Andere Einträge]
Dead Can Dance – Black Sun – Dazu: http://sgtscrap.deviantart.com/art/Last-Sun-213591740?q=gallery%3Asgtscrap&qo=1 [Mein Frühlingsabendlied. Perfekte Stimmung. Und wieder eigenes Foto]
Depeche Mode – Leave in Silence – Dazu: http://enklave-23.de/Bilder/Meeting/Green_Light.jpg [Nachts, im Auto. Fenster offen. Frühlinhsduft. Ruhrpott-Grün und Ruhrpott-Blau um mich herum. (Und wieder eigenes Bild)]
Für Autofahrten am Tag? Ceasars – Jerk It Up. Der Song gibt einfach gute Laune.
Für Früling und Club und Party? Das Ich – Gottes Tod. Ich habe das Lied das erste Mal im April 1996 gehört. Und es wird für mich immer mit wundervollen Parties umgeben von tollen Menschen verbunden sein. Es ist eines meiner seltsamen Gute-Laune-Lieder. Ich kann nicht anders als tolle Erinnerungen und das Gefühl von Sonnenstrahlen am Frühlingsabend dabei empfinden.
Ich habe noch… Andere. Freebird und Grenn Grass, High Tides und Carry On My Wayward Son und noch mehr. Aber… Das würde den Rahmen sprengen.[/expand]
From those three songs I mentioned last in my comment (Freebird, Green Grass and High Tides, Carry On My Wayward Son), I’d like to pick one, because they all fill a certain niche. The niche of music to drive to during sunny, windy, clear and warm spring afternoons. They are NOT interchangeable. I don’t want to even imply this. But for me, they work for the same emotions, the same feelings of being happy and free. So, take a few minutes out of your life, let the sunshine in, and start up this song. Then close your eyes and imagine you’re in your car and the wind is blowing into your hair. And you listen to this. With a stretch of free highway before you. It’s just… Bliss. Pure bliss. And when it combines with one of the first warm and sunny days after an abysmal winter? … Near Perfection.
The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides
Then there’s something else that spring has going for itself when you compare it to winter: Warm, early sunrises. It’s cheating a bit, because this is more true in late spring than in the beginning, but it BEGINS in spring, so here is where I put this song. This feeling. Those moments when you just had a wonderful night behind you. Be it dancing, roleplaying, great sex or “just” hanging out with friends, cocktails and enough topics to talk about to fill a novel. Then you’re in your car. It’s 0500. It’s an hour until you get home. The memories of great people and great moments are still fresh. The sun is rising. There’s thaw on the sides of the road. There’s mist rising up besides the empty and forlorn looking Autobahn which is just waking up to the beat of the cities. And it’s warm. It’s fucking warm. So you put on this song. Put an arm outside your car. And smile. Smile all the damn way home.
Tsuneo Imahori – Never Could Have Been Worse
But, let’s also not forget all those times driving TOWARDS good times. In the evening, in the oncoming dark. Surrounded by people who also head out towards parties, dances, dates and generally good times. And you’re happy to see people outside of ANY professional context. Meeting them just as friends, at a place you connect as being “that fun place”. Where there’ll be no sorrow. Perhaps some maudlin reminiscing about past deeds and lost chances. But there will also be good music, good friends and good drinks. So you help each other up and you get on to have a great night. And there, on the way towards this, when your mind is filled with possibilities and hopes and stories you want to tell, you put on this song and head towards a perfect night.
B-Movie – Nowhere Girl
But, how about those moments of budding, fresh romance? How about spending an evening or a night with that person you had a crush for so long. How about finally getting that kiss you wanted so dearly. How about that? Well, for me there are quite a few songs which work well with that. But one will always hold a dear place in my heart, due to some personal experience. It’s got a sympathetic link to a person and some memories. But apart from that… It’s cool. It’s downtempo. It’s dark. It’s perfect for those first, early days of spring. Where romance and emotions and desires start to run high, but where there’s still rain and dark clouds and rain aplenty. … So you’re on the couch. That special someone is with you. You put your arm around her shoulder and pull her near. She stiffens for a fraction of moment, then gives in. She sighs, barely audible and presses her head against your neck and shoulders. You pull closer. You enjoy each others warmth. And for some time… There’s nothing else. There’s just you.
Silke Bischoff – Under Your Skin
And… I think that this is a good way to end this post.
To let you alone with those thoughts.
And with the knowledge that, for me, this is music fit for spring. Music which invokes that fresh, lively feeling of this season in me. And which, in turn, is summoned by this season of chaos and emotions.