“Out of a doorway the tentacles stretch of a song that I know and the world moves in slo-mo straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day.” Elbow, Bones of You.
Earlier, out of nowhere, I remembered a song that I always associate with reading Rendezvous with Rama in the 90s because the music seemed strangely appropriate to the setting of the book. It was in the charts at the time and was on the radio regularly but back then I didn’t buy music as I didn’t even have a CD player. I’ve always thought it was a great song but had lost track of who it was by.
Time to find out, I thought, in these days of MP3 downloads I should have this in my collection. Searching for “State of Mind” on Amazon wasn’t specific enough and brought up too many recent songs, then I thought that somewhere amongst all the lyrics sites one must have the words to this song. Off to Google I went: “lyrics “I realise the state of mind that you have found me”” (the first line) returned one solitary result – and the details “Goldie – State of Mind”. Aha.
Thirty seconds later and the MP3 single was downloading having cost me 59p. A minute later I’m enjoying 7 minutes of blissful music.
I know the music industry took a while to accept music downloads but being able to rediscover old favourites and enjoy them again via either a snippet of lyrics or a sample of audio is one more amazing thing that the great database of the internet gives us.