Created: Wed Apr 10 05:07:44 CEST 2019
Last modiﬁed: Sun May 19 02:28:27 CEST 2019
A bunch of pictures were stolen from Google Images. Except the CMUS screenshot and the picture I took of my bass.
Back in the mid-2000s my mother started showing me Ghibli movies; namely the Cats’ Kingdom (in french: “Le Royaume des Chats”), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl’s Moving Castle (“Le Chateau Ambulant”) etc. etc.
If you know about these, you might remember their soundtrack. Composed by Joe Hisaishi. (Oh god. Flash.)
The music, along with the different kinds of universes brought to the screen by Studio Ghibli’s animation staff - Hayao Miyazaki being its most famous director - now forms the “background” of my external world perception. Whatever “phase” I go through, I’ll forever remain under this strange inﬂuence.
At the time I didn’t understand the impact those movies had on me. But let’s put them aside.
I discovered heavy metal around the age of 11-12 I think. Before that I was listening to whatever was on my parents’ iTunes which clearly wasn’t “enough” for me. A song from that era: “Higher Ground” by RHCP (which is Californian Rock if I’m not mistaken).
I didn’t want music for the sake of music. There are people who just want “something to listen to” as a background. I don’t understand that.
Basically, I had grown a mindset for aggressive/emotional songs. The kind that hold onto something in your belly. (I do have a bunch of “listen while studying” songs though.)
Iron Maiden. It all started on Deezer. At the time, I only had a very restricted access to the internet. I was crazy about them. Did not know how to download songs too, so after I got a glimpse at the discography, including the wondrous “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album, I put together a rather small, dare I say, humble, 2-songs playlist.
“Fear of the Dark”, from their nineties period, and “Run to the Hills”, from their early years.
I listened to those two a lot. Then I learned how to download songs from the internet. From there I started growing my playlist more and more until I learned about other artists such as Judas Priest.
I bought the CDs (had to travel to do so); and eventually learned about torrenting.
Still, Maiden ﬁlled the void for a long time. I would listen to them every single day. Probably 2-3 hours a day. No need for diversity at this point. I liked their whole discography. Even the Virtual XI album.
Here is a random selection of songs you might want to lookup for:
I still remember the lyrics. Eh eh.
Concurrently, I still knew about other artists. Notably, various “pop songs” comes to mind. (I liked them don’t get me wrong, but often not enough.) I would sometimes borrow CDs from the library and extract them onto my family’s computer. A notable example would be Depeche Mode’s “Sounds of the Universe”.
Besides being a hardcore and to-the-bones Iron Maiden fan, usually not listening to anything else, I managed to maintain a general (pop?) culture somewhat above the average. I read a lot of books and watched a lot of “classic” movies. I never felt like I was a bookworm or a movie-maniac at all. It’s just that the people who surrounded me at that time seemed totally uninterested in those.
Whereas I now listen to music all. f-ing. day. without interruption. Whereas I have thousands of very speciﬁc songs in my playlists that I actually like, I still have friends who barely know of a few pop songs that they listen to every now and then. Maybe I’ve gotten too serious about it but still.
Gradually, I acquired a bunch of “tools” to help me quench my thirst.
(I completed this list in 2017.)
I then became the assigned DJ of my group of friends.
Back in 2013 (?) I started learning the drums and failed miserably because I couldn’t afford a drumkit at the time.
Years later I ﬁnally bought a (bad and now defunct) drumkit. Bought it on a whim, I don’t know what I thought. Still, I managed to become a decent drummer. Eventually, I bought a bass (Ibanez) which I still have but I’m still not nearly as proﬁcient as I should be.
Side note: If you ever want to start playing bass or guitar, try an Ibanez. What they do is fantastic. If you want advice don’t hesitate to ping me in the comments.
Back in my ﬁrst years of high school, before I acquired the drumkit, a friend and I would often go to the local music shop and play with the owner for an hour or so. That was fun. I learned a lot of things about instruments.
At the same time, I started getting more and more passionate. I grew an obsession to movies’ OST and I came to add some electronic music to my playlist.
From now on, I would broaden my ﬁeld of view and become “that person” who (seems) to know everything about music.
I listened to very speciﬁc songs. Stuff you don’t ﬁnd without looking for it. I discovered new genres. Until I got an idea of what I was looking for; which is what I unconsciously strived for since the very beginning: songs with some kind of emotional background.
Here are a bunch of artists I like (non-exhaustive list, I deliberately kept it small),
And if you love Jazz, go check the Cowboy Bebop OST composed by Yoko Kanno.
If you don’t mind french lyrics check out Joe Dassin’s “Et si tu n’existais pas”. I used to listen to it back in the days.
So this post was basically me summing things up in order to start a
series of posts about music.
Next post will be about learning how to
play the drums and the post after that will focus on bass guitar. It
will feature advices that were given to me by an actual bassist who
learned bass at the same time I learned to play the drums.
If you want to exchange songs, drop me an email. I’ll happily share the ones that are difﬁcult to ﬁnd.
Drop your recommendations in the comments!