Radio LBB: Soundtracking My Life
I grew up obsessed with films - however I didn’t realise until a little later in my life that most of what I loved about them was how scenes were brought to life by the music accompanying them, and how that music affected how I was feeling. Would I have been as moved by Rutger Hauer falling from the grips of Harrison Ford in Blade Runner without the rousing track by Vangelis? Perhaps not.
Turns out, I love feeling, I love experiencing being totally immersed in a feeling. Music, I learnt, is what immerses me in my feelings and enhances even the simplest things I like to do. So in my own little way I begun soundtracking my life. I’m leaving my house in the morning and whether under headphones or with the car stereo I decide the piece of music that will compliment this simple act of starting my day.
Perhaps I am not alone in this idea of wanting my life to have soundtrack. When I think about the biggest events - and actually even lots of smaller events - in my life, somehow there is always a piece of music playing along side it in the background.
That way I know any time I want to revisit that time and space all I need to do is hear that track and I’m back there. Back revisiting... dancing around my living room to my first vinyl ever bought (Musical Youth), first heart break, first road trip, first garage rave, first festival, first trip to New York, first high, first major low…... So my odd collection of tracks in this playlist I guess is a view into what that soundtrack might look like. Each track has it’s own little place in my history.
Katharine Wray is Head of Synchronisation and Licensing at City Slang