This morning I was reading a fine piece of writing evoking a night of youthful misadventure back in the days of doing too many drugs. There is mention of Jesus walking by the author’s side, which reminded me of one of my most favourite hip hop tracks of all time, when Jesus makes an appearance at about the 2min30 mark –
But part of what I love about this track is the use of strings – oh how I love instruments used in surprising ways, the lift that can come from an unexpected kind of sound.
And I remember too, so many nights when I was a teenager, listening to music, as if the drugs allowing all other parts of my brain to shut down so that music could be the only experience, truly hearing the different sounds…growing up on all the classic rock bands, the trippy ones, the head-banger ones, but also on folksy anglo-Canadian locals, players of banjos, harmonicas and the beloved guitar –
And how much the development of listening like this stays with you, becomes part of who you are. Just this morning, I was hunting around for music ideas for the film I’m working on right now, and came across this delightful blend of strings – (you gotta skip ahead, past all the settling in stuff) –
And what about you? What sounds or instruments stir you more than others?