Music is an ephemeral thing. Even if The Guess Who plays American Woman a total of 13,000 times, each of those times is special. It’s a moment in time that can never be replicated exactly. Even if James Brown famously shrieked “Whaaaao” over 80,000 times during his career, every one of those hollers was frozen in time for anyone lucky enough to be in attendance.
The same goes for a recording. Even if you play the same familiar tracks over and over, the recording itself is unique and unreproducible (ie, that artist could go back into the same studio with the same musicians using the same gear and the same setup to record the same song, yet it would still be unique). Even if the recording you own is played over and over, the experience is never completely the same as the last time. You may be interrupted by noise. You may be focusing more intently on something other than the music one day, and focusing entirely on the music the next day.
That’s exactly what makes music enjoyable for me. I love finding and hearing new music all the time. I rarely go a day without hearing at least one tune I’ve never heard before. But just like most people, I have my favourites and my mood affects what I want to hear.
Well, with all of that in mind, I invite you to tune into 91.3 FM from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to enjoy some good music with me. While you listen, try to think, for a moment, about anyone else that might be listening at the time. Maybe you’re just heading home from work, but maybe someone else has the day off. Maybe you’ve been sick at home for weeks, but maybe someone else is going for a brisk jog with their earbuds in. Musical experience is a vital part of life experience and it’s something that connects us all, even when we don’t realize it.
You are never alone.