Musician Bennett Bay shares a playlist for when you’re walking alone and contemplating the world
When you’re alone in a place you’ve never been to before or a part of town you’ve never explored, don’t you get the feeling that you’re protected by the fact that you don’t know what you’ll find or that no one would knows who you are? These walks teach me more about the world than books can. Listening to music while doing so makes the streets feel different, the skies look clearer and the leaves rustle around your feet in an uncanny way. Your heart races in ways you never felt before depending on the mood of the music. It’s as though you’re transported to a different place, one that’s safer, one that’s kinder and one that allows you to walk on for hours on end.
This playlist is mostly instrumental, save for the few vocally inflected tracks. It begins with ‘The Only Moment We Were Alone’ by Explosions In The Sky. The moment that you feel alone with the universe, I believe, is the same moment that your world makes sense to you, and Explosions In The Sky does this in 10 minutes of careful progression. It’s intrinsically an epiphany. Hanging Up The Moon’s ‘Comes A Light’ traverses the basic sentiment of the human soul, “Love will feed the heart, loss devours the soul. And all shall come to pass”.
Sigur Rós’ ‘Untitled #3 (Samskeyti)’ is a slow but steady moving harmonic progression that adds layers of ambient voices and strings that bursts into a crescendo of piano and emotional goodness. It paints the perfect picture for your thoughts. ‘The House We Grew Up In’ by Hammock really speaks for itself although there are no words in it.
‘Kitchen’ by This Will Destroy You may actually just be about a kitchen, but it represents so much more than that. Maybe it all came full circle at the end of this short ride and you made more sense of the world with random strings of thought. Either way, you had time and space, and you still have both right now to make sense of it all on your own. Where are your thoughts now?
Bennett Bay is a musician from Singapore, whose music is heavily inspired by everyday experiences, pastoral imagery and memories of times that have passed. He released his second album ‘In Memory Of’ on 9 September, and is set to close out 2018 with his final show of the year on 31 December at the Esplanade Concourse.
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