GETTING MORE TAKE #574: Association Through Music
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A sequel to #571: Record Store Tales – A Different Perspective
Before I met Mike, my knowledge of music was pretty minimal, and I had not yet been able to see the influence it could have on daily life. I mostly listened to what my friends had shown me, which was basically dance and rap music. I did have a friend who made me a mix tape, it mostly consisted of tracks from one of those Dance Mix [also known as MuchDance] albums, but amongst all that was “Sweating Bullets” by Megadeth. I listened to this song fairly often.
When I met Mike I absorbed a lot of his musical tastes. I looked up to him, and he seemed to know a lot about music, and was very passionate about it. Initially I was just enjoying what I liked the sound of, but this eventually shifted to me being a bit of a music snob, and focusing mostly on the lyrics, and the message of the song.
Some of the first bands Mike showed me were Soundgarden and Rush.* Once I got more into music I found I enjoyed a lot of Rush’s music, but couldn’t really find much personal value in it. There was one song, “Distant Early Warning” that I always found to be powerful, and to this day it is still my favorite song by the band. I have a feeling that Mike still thinks of me when he hears this song.**
I also associate Rush with a different element of my life. I had a friend who I spent a lot of time with, and really liked the girl who lived next door to him. I remember talking to her about music, and at this point I still didn’t really have an abundance of knowledge, so I went with the few things I had learned from Mike at the time. I told her I liked Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Rush. I remember her response of “Rush sucks” made me feel a bit embarrassed, because with music in general I really didn’t know what I was even talking about at that point in time.***
Another association I still have to this day is in relation to Soundgarden. It was around the time that Superunknown had been released, and Mike and I were both huge fans of the album. At this point in my life I was starting to find value in the lyrics, and Soundgarden and Nirvana really had what I was looking for.
I used to live across the street from a public school, and one evening Mike and I went over there and were just belting out the lyrics to “Spoonman.” I would take the more mellow parts like “All my friends are skeletons,” and Mike would follow by screaming at full capacity “They beat the rhythm with their bones”. This would of course prompt us to both yell “Spoonman!” in unison.
I find it pretty extraordinary that music can be tied so tightly to memory. I saw Soundgarden play in Toronto a couple years back on their reunion tour, and even then I thought of Mike when they went into “Spoonman.”
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* Rush I remember, but I didn’t know I could take credit for getting him into Soundgarden. That’s pretty cool.
** I do!
*** Perhaps I should have warned him that girls did not like Rush.