My last post started off strong with the act of escapism. You can’t really go deeper than LARPing. But today I would like to try a form of escapism that I’d say most people do every day. That form of escapism, ladies and gentlemen, is music.
Do you ever listen to a song and feel it just carry you off? You lose yourself in the rhythm and can’t help tapping your foot to the beat. Or perhaps the lyrics tell a story, and you are appreciating every word, wondering how it’s going to end.
Music is very important to me. However I feel I don’t have enough time to enjoy it, or even find new songs to listen to nowadays. But I do make a point of listening to a little music each and every day.
So in today’s post, I’d like to talk about how exactly one can go about escaping into music. A lot of people will tell you that the only way you can really do it is to put some headphones in, lie in your bed, and listen to an entire album from start to finish.
While that is certainly an excellent way of doing it, not everybody has the time to listen to a complete album from start to finish.
You can however use the same technique to listen to individual songs, one at a time. I often listen to music when I write, and occasionally a song will come on where I have to stop and simply listen.
I've listed below a few of the songs I have come across that have stirred such feelings of escape. I have mainly listed songs that fall into genres that I listen to daily. I realize that music is subjective and not all of the songs listed below will be enjoyed by all, but I feel like they best represent their genre for their ability to initiate an “escape” so to speak.
Here is the list:
Electronica: HOME - Resonance
Jazz: Biggie - ALBIS
Pop-Folk: X Ambassadors - Renegades
Progressive Rock: Yes - Roundabout
Punk Rock: Rise Against - Chamber the cartridge
Drum and Bass: Feint - Stray
I also asked my very musically experienced friend, Joe, to recommend an album that isn’t too long that initiates a form of escape, and he recommended the album Pink Moon by the folk artist Nick Drake. The album runs for 28 minutes and I enjoyed it quite a bit. You should give it a listen as well.
Hopefully with these recommendations, you have a better understanding of what I mean when I talk about escaping through music. Feel free to find some examples of your own and let the music take you away…
A 22-year-old college student with a passion for nerdy things, John is currently attending Algonquin College for Professional Writing and dreams of one day being a novelist. He enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and LARPing. He also occasionally streams his shenanigans on his Twitch channel.