You like music. How do I know? Because everybody does. But why do we like the music that we like? Because songs remind us of a time, place, event, emotion, person, sensation. Your iPod isn’t a music player, it’s a time machine. That’s why it matters.
I wish I could sit down with you and talk about your playlist. I’d love to know why you love Gorillaz and Conway Twitty, but I can’t (unless you leave me a comment) so I’ll just imagine that you’re sitting here with me, poking through my stacks of records and CDs while I tell you the stories behind them.
P.S. Want to hear a long story? Read the numbered pieces in sequence. They stand on their own, but each little piece is part of a larger whole. The Table of Contents might help you navigate.