charlie tells us about the impact a psychedelic family vacation had on igniting his passion for collecting a diversity of music. charlie's brother introduced him to the album cover artist of "Tool" at an art festival he attended with his family. after meeting this artist and watching thier music videos, he tells us that he was completely entranced by the interaction of art and the music of "Tool". this music, and artistic representation, was so different from music he had listened to before, that he was inspired to begin cultivating a great diversity of musical spaces.
charlie outlines an important distinction between "being a music listener and being a fan of music". in his formative years, charlie's father played him records from "the beach boys" as he preached about the significance and meaning of these tracks. although charlie enjoyed the music, there was still a lack of fully understanding the significance of music in his life. after going through grung phases in high school, interacting with the sci-fi artwork from "tool", and taking music into his own hands, he found that by tailoring his music to match his identity, he could encapsulate his ever-changing personhood. in acknowledging the constant flux of life, charlie recognizes the importance of tailoring his music to reflect these changes. he calls this the "metamorphosis of listening habits". as he is growing and changing, so is his music taste - what a wonderful sentiment and such an effective way to go about facing the fears we associate with change. as it is a part of life we cannot avoid, utilizing the power of music to rebrand change is a great way to empower one's self. instead of avoiding the inevitable, charlie's musical metamorphosis rebrands change into a beautiful collage of melodies.
beyond his philosophy of confronting change with music, charlie leaves us with more insightful comments about music ability to help us humans intentionally interact with life. his favorite lyric from the song "disposition" by "tool" captures this sentiment, "mention this to me, watch the weather change." here, charlie describes how change manifests itself in human connection. by acknowledging the fragility of human relationships and emotions, we can be more intentional with our interactions. and therefore, instead of honing in on the negative changes that sometimes take over our relationships, we can celebrate the small moments when we are able to make positive changes in people's disposition. what could be more positive than acknowledging our ability to mold a person's day in a more positive light.
charlie wraps up his interview by revisiting his relationship with the beach boys. where his father brought significance to the lyrics, charlie proves that he can finally understand the emotive capabilities of these lyrics. and it is through this understanding of music's ability to encompass life, his connection with his father is solidified. throughout his interview, charlie beautifully articulates music's ability to help people deal with life in the most meaningful and intentional ways. through the chaos of life and humanity, music reminds us that these emotional experiences that we have are a shared experience. therefore, we shouldn't shy away from these issues, but rather use music to help us to be bold in our interactions with life.
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The Musical Mosaic offers a weekly podcast, playlist and publication based on an interview with Andrea Simms and fellow musical enthusiasts. Here is a place where mere mortals can make sense of this world by discussing our relationship with music.