I’ve been working on a few mixtapes the last couple of weeks, drawing inspiration from daily joys and sorrows from the past month or so. To me, it’s funny how a song can intensify emotions and take them to a place you never knew existed. The phrase “strike a chord” refers to when you identify something to a familiar emotion or experience. But think of “strike a chord” in the literal sense. When I hear certain chords of music I’m instantly transported to a previous emotion or experience.
Over the past few weeks there are few songs I find can fit the moods I’ve been in and emotions I’ve been trying to sort through. And then, magically, I came across the video for Video Games by Lana Del Rey and it was like it was just waiting for me to discover it. I finally felt musically and visually connected to exactly how I’ve been feeling.
The random images of Southern California in the video take me to a nostalgic place tucked away with my some of my favorite memories growing up, which is also a sort of feeling that can only be replicated when I wake up on a crisp morning in Seal Beach. The Chateau Marmont sign flashes and I’m instantly transformed back in time to my first trip to Fred Segal and fond memories of brunch at the legendary hotel in my early twenties. It is as though memories throughout my life are visually paired with the deep-rooted song that makes my heart a little stronger each time I hear it.
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