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Don’t Touch My Records (Or, Music and Memories)

Diner

I’ve watched Diner at least a few times in my life, and to this day I can still say without hesitation that it’s easily one of the best films the 80s ever produced. The “don’t touch my records” scene gets me every time. The first time I saw Diner I was still in high school and my only access to vinyl was my dads small collection in the basement that he no longer used because his decades old record player needed repair and he had more important financial obligations, so it all went to waste. It wasn’t until I moved to Toronto for university that I started my own collection, taking what my dad would give me from his and searching through flea markets for old Beatles, Doors and Led Zeppelin records.

My collection now certainly isn’t massive, and I’m nowhere near as anal as Shrevie with my organization (old ie. pre 1980s records alphabetized together, new ie. post 1980s records alphabetized together), but I relate completely to him in this scene, as do music geeks around the word. It expresses perfectly that obsessive love people like us have for this all important art form. When she says “It’s just music, not that big a deal” my heart aches for him. Imagine dating someone and hearing them say this? Ultimate deal breaker.

Music has always acted as a marker for moments in my life, and just as he remembers what song was playing when he first met her, I remember songs in relation to people and moments, almost exclusively. Who introduced me to this artist? Where did I first hear that song? It all takes on a heavy meaning that stays filed somewhere in the back of my brain, and comes flooding back the second I think of a particular song.

I will never forget the song “One Day At A Time” because I associate it with my Grandma’s funeral, where it was played and I learned the French version was her favorite song. I had no idea she liked music, and even if it was an overtly religious song that would normally make me cringe, the fact that that was her favorite song opened up my eyes to her in a way I never grasped when she was still alive, and made me let go of any anger I had toward her. Suddenly she wasn’t just a bitter resentful old lady, she was completely humanized through that song. I understood that she struggled too, each and every day, and her judgement was just deflection.

I associate the Smog song “Teenage Spaceship” with my bus ride back home to attend my childhood best friend’s funeral, because it was a sad trip so of course I was listening to Smog, but that song in particular reminded me of growing up with her and how she saved me from myself. Once it came up on my iPod I just listened to it on repeat for the rest of the trip.

I associate the Grandaddy song “AM 180” with the first time I ever fell in love, and Bonnie Prince Billy’s “New Partner” with the first time I had my heart ripped out.

Tom Waits’ Real Gone, Arcade Fire’s Funeral and The Walkmen’s Bows + Arrows will forever be connected to my second year of university, when I moved out of the dorms and in with my friends, who were more aware of indie music than me at the time and who I am forever thankful to for exposing me to music outside the classic rock world I was so obsessed with back then.

I will always associate Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery” with the year I was completely tortured in middle school, and how that song made me feel so much less alone.

Serge Gainsbourg will always remind me of one of the most fun dates I ever went on, in which I broke into Casa Loma in the middle of the night with one of the cutest guys I’d ever dated at that point in time.

Weakerthan’s “The Reasons” will always remind me of the first time I got to know someone who has become very special to me.

I made a whole mixtape of songs that I strongly associate with growing up, and my parents.

I could go on and on and on. Music is memories for me. Many good, some bad, all very important. And I think that’s the case for all of us who get obsessive about our records. It’s not “just music.” It’s our whole lives summed up in many different notes and words that the records have given us.

The songs are markers, audible tattoos that bring us back, let us live in that moment again, recall that person, place or time, for better or for worse. [Click to Tweet]

Messing with someone’s records is messing with their history, don’t do it without expecting some wrath.

Lisa

TGIF – Letterman, Nirvana and MDMA

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Hey peeps! Happy weekend! Hope your week was lovely. The periods of sunshine have been glorious, even if they are almost always followed by rain. I’ll take 60+ degrees and rainy over 12 degrees and frozen. It’s finally beginning to feel normal in the city again.

I’m gearing up for another busy summer as festival season begins in a few weeks! Heads up, I’ll be doing giveaways for the first two festivals – Hot Docs and Canadian Music Week – so stay tuned.

Now, for the links:

  • Gotta throw in more videos of the ceremony because it was a truly inspired choice to have some of the best females in music taking Kurt’s place onstage for the performances – St. Vincent, Lorde, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett? You know he would have loved this:

Lisa

Giveaway – Broken Bells After The Disco Vinyl

broken bells after the disco

As promised, giving away a copy of Broken Bell’s (aka The Shin’s James Mercer and Danger Mouse) latest, After The Disco, on vinyl!

All you have to do to enter is subscribe to TTRO – once a week (starting very soon!) you will receive a roundup of all the new posts on the blog, plus special info only for subscribers. Be sure to click the confirmation email you receive in order to be entered into the giveaway.

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A usual, fans of TTRO on Facebook can like/share the post about this giveaway for a bonus entry. 

You have until Sunday April 13th, 2014 at midnight to enter.

The winner will be contacted via the email address used to subscribe. 

 

Lisa

Phosphorescent – Days of Heaven (Cover)

song of the week!

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of covers lately, but I truly, madly, deeply love this man. Seeing him perform this song at the Shoe last year was one of the most beautiful live music experiences I’ve ever had. I could easily share a whole bunch of his own songs, as he is insanely talented – but this cover just does something else for me.

He transforms Randy Newman’s jarring piano ballad into the sweetest, most comforting song you’d ever need to hear on a bad day.

His voice also might be my favourite musical instrument in play these days.

If you’ve got music in your heart
You have made a real good start
The love of music never will desert you

Lisa

Nestea Time

Gotta love fun, creative commercials. This one for Nestea does a good job at capturing the insanity and stress of daily life. I don’t know that an (alcohol free) drink has ever given me the same relief the drink gives this lady, but I might be able to make the case for a nice cup of coffee saving me from insanity on occasion.

The ‘taste of freedom’ slogan is cute, too. What does freedom taste like? Tea? I don’t really know, but I think it probably tastes more like ocean water and food from cultures you’re travelling through around the world. Or, maybe, like Nestea…

 Lisa