January 08, 2023

music as time machine

i've been thinking a lot lately about how music can act as a time machine of sorts - taking us back to specific moments, pulling us into focus in the present, and carrying us forward in ways we may not fully understand. 

some thoughts from Jason P. Woodbury on this very thing. and don't sleep on the JPW Aquarium Drunkard's Transmissions podcast or his beautiful album Something Happening / Always Happening


"songs are pieces of architecture in time that you can instantiate by turning them on, & then you can come back to them again & again..."

from David Berman's 2019 conversation with Vish Khanna on Kreative Kontrol


"Songs build little rooms in time
And housed within the song's design
Is the ghost the host has left behind
To greet and sweep the guest inside
Stoke the fire and sing his lines"

from Purple Mountains "Snow is Falling in Manhattan"


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