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People as Music

As we plot our way through life, our perspective changes. When we first experience something, it’s like seeing a building for the first time. We see one side as we approach. Over time, seeing its four faces and learning its corridors gives us a different perspective. Depth. Where the building once only mattered because of its coffee shop on the ground floor, it now also hosts the doctor’s office and that person you hope to run into.¬†On first seeing the building there’s no way you could ever grasp its reality. You can only grasp what you perceive. But over time you might get a chance to gain a better appreciation. Or you might never see it again.

What was previously dissociated datum becomes a constellation, constellations a universe. In the same way, as we get to know people, each encounter fills in a point on an axis. Kindness, humour, intelligence, anger, selfishness, wit, efficiency. The more encounters, the more depth to the perception. When I get to know someone well and consider them friends, it means that the occasional encounter that provides an “our of character” experience can be dismissed as an anomaly. Unfortunately, if my first encounter is of an anomaly in that person’s character, it may lead me to keep my distance. It’s a tricky thing.

In a similar way, as I come to appreciate a piece of music I might listen to it very frequently at first. Sometimes it’s the only thing I want to hear for days, weeks even months. Eventually, though, I move on. It’s rare that I make a conscious decision to not listen to something. Often, I just drift away and towards other things. Years later, however, I’ll stumble across a song. With it will come memories. Places, people, situations, emotions. Things which really have nothing to do with that song. They were experienced when that song was prominent in my daily life. Good memories lead to a smile, painful ones lead to changing the station. These personal memories which are technically unrelated to the aesthetic appreciation of a song can create a sort of cage around the aesthetic response to the music. That whole combined experience of the memory and the song itself, however, can be very powerful and not something I could ever have planned or expected. A song that was peremptorily dismissed as a silly pop number years ago can now bring nostalgia and, in tow, strong emotions.

People can be seen as a song, or better, an artist. I might go through a period where an artist’s works fall our of favour. I often don’t stop to analyse why that music doesn’t do it for me any longer; I just move on. Years later when I stumble across a certain album again, a rush of memories and emotions accompany the encounter and creates a singular synergy. Unexpected. Powerful. Unplanned.

What’s rarest, though, are artists whose works stay with me uninterrupted. Songs which never leave my playlists, music I consistently approach when in certain moods. They’re as precious as they are rare. It’s not often that I realize that I’ve been listening to one song for over twenty years and its power continues unabated.

The main difference between music and a person, however, is that music does not walk away of its own accord to leave me staring helplessly in the middle distance.

 

 

Posted by on October 13, 2013 in General, Personal, Story

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Visiting Chicago

Oh, hello.

For those who asked, the Labrador post is coming. Things are busy.

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Personal, Photography

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Trans-Labrador Highway on Motorcycle

So, it’s done. This is my “there and back again” post. I did this trip between August 17 and August 30, 2012. My motorcycle is a 2008 Honda XL1000VA Varadero. A 6000km solo trip.

Note, I had a lot of trouble with my regular picture service/program when posting the images. As a result they’re just straight pictures, I apologize for the clumsy layout. Where applicable the mouse-over on a picture will bring up some thoughts on the picture.

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Motorcycle, Personal, Photography

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2012 Motorcycle Trip (Preparation) (Map Updated)

It’s on! Finally got approval form work Friday for the trip I’ve been thinking about for two years. The trip is a motorcycle, a camera and myself. See, there’s this place called Labrador of which I’ve heard. I’d like to see if it actually exists and what’s there. For numerous reasons, I’ll be keeping the dates to myself, but thought it would have value for some to have me document the¬†preparation, the trip, the outcome.

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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Motorcycle, Personal

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Diary (XXII) – California

Work. Insane. Hours. Tire.Red. Tired.

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Personal, Photography

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Diary (XX)

Lately things have been crazy, as most of you know. Living the corporate life, days are between twelve to fourteen hours, though the work is very interesting.

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Music, Personal, Ukulele

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Pictures (V)

Soooo… given that the most attention I get is from my plants, I decided to splurge. After a few years of the industry being in the dumps, I got a bonus from my full-time employer (as opposed to my two volunteer jobs and the freelancing I do on the side).

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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Personal, Photography

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Diary (XIX)

Yes, yes, I’ve largely disappeared. But I swear I’m still here. Somewhere.

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Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Personal

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Diary (XVIII)

Hullo.

Simply writing a note to let people know I’m still indeed alive.

Recent developments include being moved at work into a newly created role in its engineering development field… which has consumed my days, evenings and part of my weekends.

Few things ruminating in that mind of mine, new posts soon.

 

Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Personal

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Diary (XVII)

Hullo! :D

Just touching base… have been busy working on a number of things, from a new little business to existing business.

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Personal

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