descant

There’s a rather peculiar phenomenon that happens sometimes when I listen to music. I know I’ve posted a fair bit about classical music lately, but this time I’m referring to pop music or mainstream music.

When I drive, I sometimes listen to the music on my phone, which means I hear random Persian lessons in amongst the reasonably small selection of songs which comprise my “Home” playlist. I think I called it that because they’re all the songs I feel most at home with, and can listen to over and over again without getting sick of them. Well, on most days, anyway.

Occasionally, I won’t be in the mood to hear a particular song that comes up, so I’ll skip it; or I might skip it because I listened to it recently, and want to give other songs a chance to come up in the random rotation. What’s strange is that it’s usually these skipped songs that end up being stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

Sometimes I might listen to one particular song three times in a row (I try not to repeat songs too much because I don’t want to overdo it), but it will still be that other song that I skipped that’s stuck in my head after the music’s off.

Is it some kind of revenge?

It’s actually not often that the repeated song will stay in my head for very long. It is more likely to be the skipped song than the repeated song that stays.

Another thing that sometimes happens is that I’ll be going about my day, and then suddenly realise I have a completely random song stuck in my head. Sometimes I can remember maybe hearing it at the supermarket or somewhere, but sometimes I haven’t been out anywhere, and have no idea where this song came from or how it managed to resurface through all the years that I haven’t listened to it.

One such song that has been getting in my head a lot lately is Dream Catch Me by Newton Faulkner. I think this song has entered my mind at some point on most days in the last couple of weeks. Fortunately, it’s a song that I actually like, but I really don’t know why it suddenly popped into my head one day.

I suppose it’s one of those songs that can mean different things to different people, depending on your mindset when you listen to it. To me, it sounds like it’s about courage, or finding courage. And something about love, I guess.

Whatever the song means, I learnt a new word today when I looked up the lyrics: descant. It’s a word I’ve never heard before, and, according to Google, is slowly going out of use. There’s a small blip that possibly coincides with when this song was released, but that could also just be a coincidence.

Descant: an independent treble melody sung or played above a basic melody (Google definition)

Example: See you as a descant soul in the setting sun; You as a sound just as silent as none – Newton Faulkner

I will attempt to write stories and poems and whatever other conglomerations of words people create, but songwriting has always been quite beyond me. Kudos to those who can do it well.

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