There’s nothing more glorious than re-discovering an old album that you’d forgotten about, and reliving all the memories and
emotions from listening to it for the first time.
A thing I like to ask when first meeting new singing students, is what their taste in music is like, and to give some examples of artists/genres they listen to the most. Recently I’ve had many people bring up the same few artists, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Imbruglia and Sheryl Crow; three artists I totally adore!
Having talked about Alanis Morissette’s album (and arguably her most successful) Jagged Little Pill, I decided to give the whole album another listen. It was a hugely humbling experience to remember all the feelings I felt when first listening to those songs and her incredible tone; a unique vocal quality full of anger, resentment and wit.
Natalie Imbruglia was another artist I hadn’t listened to for a long while, and re discovering that I knew all the words to her songs ‘That Day’, ‘Shiver’, ‘Wrong Impression’ and her most famous song ‘Torn’ was an awesome way to re-connect to those brilliant melodies.
Sheryl Crow has always been an artist I have gone back to time and time again; I would be so bold as to say she is the Queen of Country music. If you haven’t given her best hits a listen then you need to get them on your playlist immediately, particular favourites are ‘If it makes you happy’, ‘Strong Enough’ and her classic hit ‘The first cut is the deepest’.
My point? In a world where mainstream pop is full of riffs that get stuck in your head whether you like it or not, with albums revolving around the artists and not the actual songs, it is important to re-discover those old artists that you grew up listening to. Songs that evoke a memory or an emotion in you. Songs you can truly relate to. Songs that mean something to you personally. The kind of music that can really make your day.
So, if there’s one thing you listen to today, make sure it’s an oldie but a goodie.