Before The Dawn,
Ink and graphite mingle with an indefinable musk
which my nostrils love to inhale
The broken tap on the far wall leaks a droplet into the sink
every few seconds, in time
With a heart rythm previously unknown -
As if to summon it’s wish
that these hands I’m sketching could pick me up
And take me to you.
Before The Dawn - Judas Priest : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGxUdxIPesY
“Time of the Season” by the Zombies
I am in a small room in the basement of McDonel Hall on a Saturday morning. I am the only one around, spinning records as a disc jockey at one of Michigan State University’s dormitory radio stations. My dorm, Abbott, did not have its own station, so I would walk to McDonel.
Whenever I hear “Time of the Seasons” by the Zombies, I am whisked back to 1968 and my sophomore year at MSU and my time as a deejay. Such a tumultuous year -- Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinated, the 1968 police riot in Chicago, the Vietnam war, civil rights protests and on and on.
Perhaps I remember that Saturday morning in the empty basement of a dorm hall because of its peace. Peace amid all the tumult. Spinning a record about love.
“Tell it to me slowly, tell you what I really want to know
“It’s the time of the season for loving.”
“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars
I sat in the bland mental hospital room with other patients, who like me, were completely hopeless and miserable with what their lives had dwelled into. Us kids, bored out of our minds and honestly just wishful everyday that it would be our last day, had nothing better to do than sing to pass time. We all began to blurt out "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars. Now, whenever I hear that song, I think about my strength. I wonder how all of those other hopeless kids are doing. I think about how my life had gotten to such a low place. Unlike how I was hopeless at the time that I sang this song, this song gives me hope. Even at my lowest, I survived. I find it eye opening how we all resonate music with different experiences. As this song is about Bruno's regret with his love life decisions, I imagine to many people, this song reminds them of a break up. But to me, this song means something drastically different. Who knows what it means to you?