I don’t know where I’m going But, I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises In songs of yesterday An’ I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time But, here I go again
Whitesnake – Here I go again
They say that smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. For personal reasons I think that hearing is a close second. The main reason for this is music. I’m a rock fan. For the most part that’s always been the case, even though there are some things in many other genres that appear to me. I think this comes up because the more I try to reflect on the past, I realize that it’s music that often takes me back to a moment or situation in time.
Music, or rather the listening to it, has always been a big part of who I am. I have used it in many different facets of my life. Lyrics have often been the title of post on my personal blog and only recently has the change been made for certain post meant to follow a different narrative and expedition. But for illustrations sake, it’s why I added the lyrics above. Music, in most cases, is a form of artistic expression, in others its a compilation of regurgitation with no real meaning.
Music now, is that sound that carries me from home to work so silence doesn’t drive me insane. There are time that it is a good release to days that may include elevated emotional states. In adolescence, I went through school with a binder that had the back of it assaulted with band names written in whiteout pen. Back then, music was a much larger part of my life although now there is a lot of Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch involved. Back in that time, it was Guns & Roses and Nirvana.
The irony is, I have stated partly in jest, that modern music could be attributed to the lowered education than in the past. To clarify, I do not blame it entirely on music, it was a piece of the puzzle. There is nothing wrong with music and I think the entertainment industry is fine in moderation. But if you ask people now days and I do not hold this just to millennial’s. But if you try to remember, things you may have learned in science or biology, or the theory of relativity and than think about some of the shit storms of stupidity one can find on social media, consider how many of us can tell you the lyrics of hundreds of songs, or quote movies verbatim. I’m one of them, I think Star Wars, or Boondock Saints and Fight Club were once all in my lists of movies, or Manson, Guns and Roses and so many others were recited on queue when the first notes hit.
Again, I don’t want it to be considered that I am blaming entertainment for anything. Its like blaming the gun for firing itself, or the car for driving drunk. They don’t. It’s the empasis we, including me as I have stated, have invested into having these things in our lives. Netflix and binge or Pandora, are utilities which in theory, could exponentially in crease this. I consider my life different now, and while I grew up surrounding myself with entertainment, I’m realizing now, how I think it impacted my life because it was a bad drug. Society has replaced education in a large with with are need for immediate entertainment. This post wasn’t supposed to be this. But it’s something I’ve wanted to say for a while and something I feel like I need to change not only in myself, but also in my children.