A few days ago, as per usual, I was lurking around the Steemit platform, distractedly looking over some of the posts by my favorite creators, when I found myself engaging in a lovely conversation with @honeydue about Steemit, about interactions and, among other things, about the value of sharing with other people, specifically through music.
Now, I'm the first to admit to never taking too seriously the whole Steemit game, not being much of a content creator, and probably being too lazy to try. I've been around on and off for a couple of years now, but I've mostly limited myself to commenting and posting a couple of old photos just for fun (and recently playing a couple of the most popular games). I've been told countless times by other members of the network "you should start posting your own stuff", and "you have to find your own niche!" but until now, nothing had really sparked in me the interest to do so. The aforementioned conversation, however, made me realize that, indeed, I don't have much to lose in putting myself out there. At worst, people won't read what I have to say, and I'll have lost a few minutes of my (not very) valuable time.
More importantly, though, it made me realize how much I really miss communicating through music. As honeydue said in her own post (which I will link at the end of mine, it's only fair since I'm the one following suit), we all have songs that have a special significance for us, or a special memory attached. Sometimes we take a song at its face value and we just like it for what it is, sometimes we reinterpret what the artist was trying to say by applying it to our own life, sometimes we were just listening to it in a specific circumstance. We might appreciate the lyrics or the poetry, or we might just skip those entirely and just perceive the broad emotions that melody and sounds are capable of conveying directly.
The thing is, I've always had the conviction that when someone is capable of understanding what we feel when we listen to a song or a piece of music, or when we meet someone who somehow feels the same things, we create strong connections. Stronger than what we would create through words alone, because no explanation is precise enough to substitute for the real thing: emotion, experience. And God, I miss that kind of sharing. That says something about my personal life, probably, but that's a story for another time.
What matters now is that I've decided to start posting some of the songs that somehow matter to me. Keeping it simple, one or two songs per week. They might be songs that are or have been especially meaningful to me, or they might just be something that I listened to during the week and have provoked some thoughts. Hence, the title (encouraging you people to leave a penny...ahem). I don't have a specific genre in mind, but I've been a metalhead for a long time, so some songs will lean a bit on the hard 'n' heavy side. Sorry guys.
I've thought long and hard about what song to choose to initiate this little tradition of mine. My mind has finally decided for a song by Pain of Salvation, called Undertow.
This song has the habit of coming up regularly in my life, like I'm living in some kind of a loop, making the same choices that inevitably lead me at the same point. The album it's taken from, Remedy Lane, is one of the best things ever written about love, sex, relationships and self-awareness. Daniel Gildenlow is definitely my favourite songwriter and vocalist. Hell, he might as well be my favourite person on earth. He has this way of giving voice to my thoughts, sometime even before I realize they're there.
Without further ado, here's the song:
I'd love to hear your comments on the song, or for you to post your favorite songs. Actually, feel free to expand on the concept. I don't know if someone IS actually going to read the wall of text I've written (told ya I'm not much of a content creator, heh) but I'd love to further encourage a little bit of 'emotional' music sharing on the platform.
As promised, the post by honeydue: