I’ve been re-watching LOST with someone who’s never seen it before. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. There are episodes where the plot spins in place and plot lines that were interrupted by the real lives of the show’s actors, but the rug-pulls are just as effective as ever. Again I watch that world expand, then contract, then explode and now I can relate to Desmond Hume jumping around in time. I am 38 years old and time’s passage is like to me a rubber band at the limit of its elasticity. The slack expanse from 1999 to 2009 when Quentin Tarantino was taking forever to come out with Kill Bill or it felt like Radiohead would never release the follow-up to Ok Computer has tensed into a tightrope on which I am still putting off a favor I was supposed to do in 2014 for a friend I no longer speak to and I think of Django Unchained as the “new” Tarantino movie.
If the last few years are any indication, I’m being yanked back, blessed or cursed to re-experience and re-evaluate what comprised both popular culture, and my own local, sometimes singularly personal, culture.
Since childhood, I have experienced my most profound moments of transcendence through music. Yet even in those instances of transcendence, I am insatiably searching and not finding. At its best, music offers a transcendence that hints at something beyond itself. I felt, and still often feel that if I look hard enough, I can see it. That if I can find the right band, get into the right style of music, discover the perfect song, it would unlock something inside me. And then, presumably, I would become Rodimus Prime.
I say all that to say welcome to my new music blog. My primary goal is to publicize and share playlists I make on spotify with friends new and old. Join me as time snaps me back through the haze of years in search of transcendence and what lies beyond.
I’m also a degenerate list maker, so the first thing I will share here are the 200 best songs of the 2000s, according to me. So much is not streaming as of this writing, and much of it never will be, but hopefully it gives you a picture. One of the effects of time’s rubber band is that in 2009, it felt way too soon to be talking about the best music of that decade. Maybe it’s time now? Look for parts 1 and 2 of that soon. In the meantime, thanks for reading!