Thursday, 5 January 2012
About Me, Part 9: Total Eclipse
And it was my imagination, while the snow outside buried us and the lights twinkled and the cold etched patterns on the windows, that got to work healing me.
Music, TV, films, all were things that had made a huge impression on me from ever since I could remember. But, that winter, the images and sounds of my life up until that point fused together creating the material I would turn to again and again for inspiration, ideas and respite.
Music resonated deeply. I can remember songs on the car radio and kitchen radio going back to when I was two and three years of age. I became aware of oldies (at that point, songs from the 50s and 60s) as a child. I heard oldies radio evolve from hour and two-hour long shows on FM stations in the 70s to whole station formats in the late 80s and early 90s. This is how I developed into such a nostalgic person. Music resonated so deeply that it made me visualize shapes and colours.
Going to see Fantasia when I was about nine was a mind-blower.
Music videos, when they appeared on TV in a big way in the early 80s, were an endless source of fascination.
I also got lost in the netherworld of syndicated TV series and cartoons. Spending late winter afternoons watching them not only helped me pass the time, but also eased my anxiety. In short, I became interested in popular culture, without knowing that was happening. And through it all, somehow, I was relaxing about myself ... finally.
To be continued ...