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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. Continue reading

like gold

So I realised that the vast majority of my posts in the last few months have been about my trip to Japan, or about books that I’ve been reading, or about rather deep things. It’s like I’m kind of cycling through these three themes, so I thought I’d break it up a little with something different. Today I want to share with you the music of Years & Years.

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one script

This last week feels like it’s gone by really quickly. There are about five different things I want to write a post about, but I just haven’t had the time this week – or, rather, I haven’t made time to write. I have a random week off work next week (just, you know, thought I’d use up some of my accumulated annual leave), and I’m actually really happy that I did apply for a week off because I might actually get some stuff done. Since it’s the week-end now, and I’m not working this week-end, I suppose this is the start of my “stay-cation” (is that still a thing?) and, of course, first on the agenda is to update my blog!

I feel like I need to do a follow-up post about The Script and their concert (mostly because I’ve still got their songs playing on repeat in my head). When I was writing the post last week, and as I hit the “publish” button, I kept feeling like there was so much that I had left out. After talking to other colleagues at work, I realise that not everyone who has a keen interest in music necessarily has a keen interest in concerts or live music. I reckon you’d be hard pressed to find someone who does not like music, but a lot of people just don’t go to concerts – and that’s people from different backgrounds, ages, etc. So, basically, if you don’t want to hear me talk about concerts, you might want to skip this post. You can go back and read any post prior to May 2nd, before I had any concert experience.

Even though there are a lot of people who aren’t big on music concerts, what really impressed me that night, last Saturday at The Script, was the variety of people – of fans – at their concert. Yeah, sure, the majority of people were probably females under 25, but there were a lot of guys (not with girlfriends) and older people (not with kids) and younger kids (who I’m not sure would fully understand the meaning and feeling behind some of the songs but I suppose you don’t have to be able to comprehend the meaning in order to be moved by a song).

I think people generally classify The Script as a soft-rock or pop-rock band. I don’t actually listen to the radio very much these days, but I’d always thought their music was kind of mainstream in the sense that it was widely played and listened to. Consequently, I was a bit surprised to find out that they’ve only had a few songs that have made it into the Top Ten in Australia. So I suppose their music isn’t for everyone, but I reckon that made it even more incredible to see all of these different demographics coming to see the one band. I’m not sure if it was a sell-out crowd, but it was pretty packed that night.

Once or twice during the concert, lead singer Danny also said a few words about the power of music in reaching out to so many different people. I don’t remember his words exactly, but it was something about how, regardless of age, race, gender, etc, we can all be touched by the same songs. Actually, the analogy he used was that music was like an all-inclusive umbrella under which everyone can stand; it’s something that unites people. And, sure, it’s kind of cliched, but I have to admit that it is a pretty amazing thing, and being there, at the Entertainment Centre, with all of these other fans with the same love for the same music – that was pretty special.