Has it made you think harder or feel more strongly than before? Has it left you with cold feet, weak knees, a pounding heart and a dazed expression? Has it entered your ears and taken a short-cut to your soul without really bothering to visit the brain or the heart? Or has it simply taken control of your body without so much as leaving a polite note? Can you imagine how life would’ve been if you hadn’t heard ‘Smoke on the Water’ or ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ or ‘Kashmir’ or ‘Wish You Were Here’? Can you remember the time you didn’t really know the words to ‘Comfortably Numb’? How about the time when a song made you sit up and say “Hey, I know that feeling and that’s exactly how it feels!”? Do you remember your first song dedication and the reaction it caused? Can you recall being mocked for your taste in music and defending it hotly? Can you recall how quickly you stopped caring because all that mattered was the way the world shut down when the music started? Do you remember the song playing when you first kissed? The song playing when your heart broke? The song that mended it?
And do you remember the song you were listening to when you realised, without doubt or hope, that your life would never, ever be the same again?