I wrote another short piece for the Rock & Sling blog for their Remembered Sounds series. It’s about the first cassette tape I ever purchased: Michael W. Smith’s Go West Young Man. The name Remembered Sounds comes from a line in a Wallace Stevens poem: “The self is a cloister full of remembered sounds.” I like that, and I like it as a unifying theme for significant music in my life. A lot of my memories are bound up with music in a sort of soundtrack to my life.
At the end of the essay, itself a meditation on music and faith in my life, I listed five spiritual songs I listen to now. Whereas I used to expect explicit answers and easy messages, now I live with questions and doubt. I plan to write about these songs in the future, but I’ll put them down here so they can provide a soundtrack to the essay.
Sinead O’Connor “Take Me to Church”
Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey”
Cat Power “Say”
David Bowie “Where Are We Now”
Phosphorescent “Song for Zula”