Many of us might be feeling confused by the waves of nostalgia washing over us at the mention of lockdown. We are supposed to hate that time, feel shivers at the sheer memory of it. However, as we tentatively start to go back to “normal”, we might find that the strange time inside has left its mark on us.
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With the recent easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK, I have been itching to venture into a bookshop for a browse, and Zadie Smith’s Intimations was one of the first books I picked up.
Everyone remembers where they were on Monday 23rd March 2020 – the transition into what became the ‘new normal’. Fewer, however, contemplated just how much it would profoundly shape everyday life. In my case, for the better.
Against my better judgement I bought into the “So long, 2020!” hype. Why not? 2020 sucked and, despite there being no evidence that it would be otherwise, it was nice to think 2021 wouldn’t.
The unifying ability of music, to reach out and connect people across the word, allowing for individual expression while revealing a common reliance, has become especially vital as of late. As music is used as a way to deter reality, the differences in songs played by everyone within this hard time seem an interesting shorthand to get a glimpse into someone’s life.
Let’s get one thing straight right from the outset. Music is neither produced in nor released into a vacuum. Everything that you have ever listened to from Beethoven to Doja Cat is a product of its time and its influences. So, when someone listens to a song and says to you “oh, this sounds a lot like…” it’s probably because it does.