SoSlists is a monthly playlist curated by select humans that work in and/or love music who acknowledge its healing powers. This month's list is by Ian Bremner from the site Old Rookie.
The right song at the right time can do more for the soul than any of the 5 senses. Well, if you count hearing, then the other 4 senses. Certain emotions can wash over and totally overcome you when that right song hits. Maybe you played it on purpose. Maybe it came on randomly at a bar. Maybe you had to whip out your phone and quickly find the Shazam app when you’re strolling through the record shop. Maybe you are watching a sad movie by yourself and as some crushing scene hits the crescendo, a song you’ve never heard comes on and puts it all over the top. Some folks may have a go-to song in a time of need, but often times that special feeling happens unexpectedly and out of the blue.
Whenever it happens, a wave of affirmation hits and as cliche as it sounds, you feel alive. Music has that unique power to change your mood on a dime. Sad music can make you happy and happy music can make you sad. The same song can sound different depending on your current setting and mindset.
Hearing anything off Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” record will immediately transcend me back to my childhood, eating corn on the Cobb in the backyard. The smell of the summer air and the smoke from the barbecue comes flooding back. Having such a strong nostalgic connection to a specific album, sets the tone for music in the future too. It all becomes more important. You don’t realize it at the time, but the right song at the right time can have that effect on someone else. Of course, there’s no telling until years into the future, but the wait is worth it.
Below is a playlist of favorite songs at one point or another. What makes these songs special is that indescribable feeling I tried to explain above. Immediately upon hearing them for the very first time, I knew they would be in my life for long time. Some have specific memories attached to them. Some I just knew I liked from the first note.
Ian Bremner is a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner and founder of Seattle-based music blog, Old Rookie. The idea for Old Rookie is simply to prop up good music and avoid the rat race for content, which leads to some TMZ-shit real quick. Ian writes about music, presents shows around town, DJs and talks about music a lot. Genre knows no bounds. All good music is soul music.