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January 1, 2012

It seems everyone gets nostalgic around NYE, in fact it was but a moment ago I sat with my brother watching fireworks on the television because, well… afterwards we didn’t need to crawl through crowds to get back home. The day just passed I had the privilege of attending the wedding of two good friends of mine. Needless to say after a long day, and pushing forward towards the new year, I’m ready for a sleep.

In thinking that a certain ditty kicks in in my head, as when you have a diverse music library as mine you can typically recall a song that would suit any occasion.

If you’re like me though, there’s certain songs that stand out above the rest. You remember the moments you first heard them, the feelings you got from them and the memories formed and revised each time those melodies are uttered.

For me here’s my list as I remember them.

6. Delicate by Damien Rice

This was the first track that came on a friend’s car stereo as she drove me home from filming a friend’s wedding in March 2008. It was a dark Melbourne night, most likely drizzling, and it was something I hadn’t heard before. I fell in love with this album and it continues to sit in my most played lists to this day. For me it’s a wind down album, saying that though it’s probably unwise then for me to always listen to it in the car. Regardless, I can’t pick a track that I don’t like, though while each its own sound that swells up at the start of the track; Delicate will always be the first played, as it starts off so minimal that the only way to enter into it is from utter silence and let it soak into you.

5. Careless Morning by Pronobozo

July 2009 was a significant month. In fact that particular period of time involved decisions that set the course to where I am today. I had only met Michael Woods once before, at eGames the year prior, but in the lead up to July of 09 we had gotten in contact and I was interested in jumping on board with his esports broadcasts. He said we should meet, and the day I went in to talk about what we wanted to do he had taken the time to bake me brownies, awww. We chatted, imagined, and in July broadcast a bunch of top-tier professional video game esports here in Melbourne. As the broadcasts continued I kept hearing this music, most notable; Careless Morning. Turned out Pronobozo was the only artist that B1GLeague ever used on its broadcasts, and subsequently through chatting with him and getting the a-ok, his riffs and rhymes found their way onto more and more of my media as well. Careless Morning stands out from his other music, that typical “one totally different song style just to prove we can do it” track on any album, but it does not sacrifice on quality and is in my playlist for work. Whenever it comes on it always reminds me that those many years ago the countless hours I put into something I was passionate about eventually became my current job, and I’m very thankful for that.

4. Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap

Another from the same period, while setting up (or packing down, can’t remember) the studio for/after the B1GLeague broadcasts, this track popped up on the playlist, it’s eerie melodic tones floating through the air. So captivated was I that I was prepared to chase it down at all costs, and ended up phone-camera’ing it up to remember the playlist. Another regular on several playlists, when you don’t know what to listen to then this is the track. Most people will have heard the remixes, I don’t mind them; but nothing beats the original I’ll agree to that. This one had a fairly unexpected subsequent music video that went along to it. It seemed more full-on than the song itself conveyed. The portrait aspect ratio is also slightly random. But nit picking aside it’s still a great track that shows that an incredible song can come out of just the voice.

3. Close Your Eyes by Young Love

If you want great music, watch tv. Cold Case isn’t on DVD because they can’t be bothered paying all the cash for all the songs featured in their episodes, but watching them you can see that the music just makes it. Same goes for shows like Scrubs, which has a good rapport with a fair few musicians that contribute to their show. While there’s so many great songs, this one by Young Love has racked up the most plays in my whole library at this point in time. While the vocals may not be the greatest, the harmonies may not sit right with some people, and overall may not be everyone’s cup of tea; the layers in Close Your Eyes all feel very indie and sweet.

2. Winter by Joshua Radin

Joshua Radin has had many of his songs featured in Scrubs also, of which Winter is from one of my favorite episodes from Season 3. It was not long after learning this song on the guitar that my grandfather passed away. This song became one for when I just didn’t know how to feel about a certain situation. It was one I could close my eyes and listen to and get lost. There’s a couple different versions of the song that Joshua does so you’ll have to scour around to find what one you prefer.

1. Moving On by Michael Giacchino

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of Lost. I remember when the first ads came on for the first season, my father joking that the teaser trailers were so great that the show will probably be not as good. Well it turned out that it was so great. For 6 years, Lost was there each week accompanied by one of the most epic and memorable tv scores I’ve ever heard ever. Through all the ups and downs of life, Lost was one of the few things that was always there. While there’s so many tracks from the several cds worth of music i have from Lost that I could say are worth noting; Moving On probably raps up all the emotion conveyed through them. The mixture of piano and cellos is popular with Giacchino, and with the series in general. The hardest part was after 6 years of following, the show wrapping up, the curtains closed, and suddenly the story had finally come to an end. For me I found it hard to move on, and even now haven’t really moved on. Being a piano player since Grade 3, I got in contact with an aspiring composer who has a similar story with regards to the series as he had transcribed 6 years worth of soundtrack into a 15-20 minute score that I now play to myself whenever I need a break, or whenever I need to relive those days.