On one of my favorite movies, Elizabethtown, they discuss “last looks” and how memorable they are. But I challenge that idea. The most memorable sensation for me is the “first listen”. I’ll go out of my way to insure an album that is pre-determined to be important to me is listened to in a setting that I’ll pleasantly remember any time I hear those same songs in the future. There’s something about music that has the ability to draw us back into a single instant and change the entire path of our day, or sometimes longer. It’s terrifying and the most incredible feeling to be a part of that impact. To know that every day when I go to “work,” I am serving people that are subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) changing the world, two ears at a time.
This morning, I set my alarm for 8:00 and woke up at 7:30 because I was so excited to begin my morning with a “first listen”. I traveled to my favorite coffee shop, purchased a cup of coffee and headed to the patio. The weather outside is perfect and this is one of my favorite places to sit and write so I was pretty certain it’d be a great place for a first listen.
Part of the challenge of first listens is that I don’t want them to overlap. I don’t want to have too many soundtrack memories in the same location. My theory is that if I get better at creating these memories in locations across the city that I live in, the city will become increasingly more enchanting. I always want music to make me happy. And sometimes that means creating your own means of reviving those passions. My way is by creating space that I can revisit and remember how it felt to hear these notes for the very first time.
My challenge for you today:
Travel to a new location with a set of headphones and an album you’ve never heard before. Create a “first listen" that you can always turn back to for peace and happiness.