Music (The Other TARDIS)
Greetings, and welcome to Pacebook! I want to begin our blogging experience by continuing to get to know one another a little bit better. As you have likely noticed, I am drawing on Dr. Who quite a bit for its connection to literature (the ability of books to transport you through time and space, like a TARDIS, for you Whovians). However, the same is probably equally true for all art, especially music. As a musician, I am naturally drawn to the parallels between music and literature, which was actually the focal part of my Master's Thesis (reading the "jazz novel" as a model for more egalitarian communication in a post-national world). Music also seems to have special ties to memory, though, in a way that transcends language, and a simple few bars from a song can trigger very specific memories. So, I want you to think of a song that serves as a TARDIS for you and transports you to another time and place.
One song (of many) that functions as a TARDIS for me is "One Tin Soldier" by The Original Castle (and more famously performed by Coven). More accurately, however, it was performed by my dad, and I didn't actually hear the original until years later. It is a protest song that talks about greed and how it corrupts people and is the root cause behind many (if not all) wars. More than that, though, the song tells a story which is delivered quite skillfully and with ample amounts of development and irony. Actually, the song has many parallels to "The Pardoner's Tale" from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which we will be looking at later in the year, but of course I didn't know that at the time; I simply enjoyed the melody, the moral, and the complexities of the song. It is the first "favorite song" I remember having, and the first song I recall attempting to write was a very close imitation of "One Tin Soldier." Hearing it now takes me back to sitting at my father's feet in our old house when I was four or five years old, although I don't think the studio version is as good (the flute part is a little cheesy, really). While it's not a song I listen to very often, it does evoke many memories when I do, and it has certainly had a profound influence on me, both as a person and as a lover of stories. If you've never heard it, here is the original by The Original Castle:
Now, I want to hear from you. What is a song that takes you back to another time and place? Explain in detail, and include a link to YouTube, so we can all listen to it as well, please. I look forward to hearing your stories!
9/1/2022 08:33:46 am
The song Traveling Soldier by the Dixie chicks serves as my TARDIS. When I was younger my mom and her friends loved the Dixie chicks, so I grew up listening to a lot of their music. Although I didn’t fully understand the meaning of the song at the time, Traveling soldier was one of my favorite songs by them. As I listened to it more my mom asked me why I liked it so much and told me it was a very sad song. After she explained it to me I stopped listening to it. Eight or nine years later I got into Laityn’s car and she was playing this song. I looked at her as she was screaming along and asked why she was listening to it. She told me she loved the song when she was younger and now we listen to it very often.
9/1/2022 08:35:12 am
9/1/2022 08:39:54 am
A favorite song that has stayed with me for a while has to be Viva La Vida by Coldplay. Although I wouldn't say it really transports me anywhere, I still very much enjoy the story it tells. Songs that really move me to a different time and place have to be almost any broadway song that I've performed, since I look and hear the song from the perspective of the character I'm playing.
9/1/2022 08:41:17 am
If you want to listen to Viva La Vida, here's the link.
9/1/2022 08:49:45 am
A song that transports me back is “Pompeii” by Bastille. This song used to come on all the time when I worked with my dad on one of his job sites. I was pretty little, but will always remember it. Whenever I hear it, I automatically think of the house my dad was building and what a great day it was. It was a hot summer day and we were just cleaning up the inside of the house. It was a day of laughter and defiantly one I will always remember. I love how simple songs can make a lasting impact on our lives.
9/1/2022 08:54:20 am
9/4/2022 11:39:19 am
A song that serves as my TARDIS is Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. This song transports me back to my childhood because this was my favorite song and I used to sing it all the time with no care for what other people thought. When I listen to this song now it reminds me that what other people think doesn't matter and that it is important for me to be my authentic self.
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