excavating the nostalgic sounds of my childhood
When I was younger I underwent a variety of diverse experiences that colored my tastes but confounded my cultural self-image. During my coming of age I endured an “I’m ultra-black so I only like to do ultra-black things” phase in an attempt to find myself.
Over time I’ve been able to peel back and dismantle the repellant layers I had worn to accept things I naturally enjoyed but had trained myself to abhor. And as I developed as an artist and musician I began to appreciate almost everything for its ability to inspire and evoke meaning.
When I was very young I remember catching glimpses of the animated cartoon movie “The Hobbit”, and being captured by its enchanting storytelling. At the time I was too young to appreciate music the way I do now, however for some reason this movie and its soundtrack left an impression on me.
In the fifth grade I unknowingly came across Tolkien’s masterpiece in my school library, and read it in its entirety, later realizing that the movie I had subconsciously taken in was correlated with this amazing novel. This combination of imagery, sound and “pure imagination” left an indelible mark on my psyche - forever inspiring and simultaneously intriguing me.
Now when I hear certain types of folk music I am whisked back to my early years as an inventive and open-eyed child. To this day Gregorian chants and various string-based melodies evoke something sentimentally wistful and peaceful in my soul.
Yesterday I searched Youtube for the The Hobbit (1977) soundtrack, after not having heard it for 15 years. My heart discovered a sentiment that “sounded” just as I had once forgotten and now remembered. Overjoyed, I was immediately inspired to write this post and share the nostalgic sounds of my childhood with the world.
- Dorian Dargan