Getting Back to My Roots

4 March, 2010

I’m getting back to my Roots… and by that I mean it’s time to start infusing my playlists with my favorite artists from previous eras in my life, which includes, as I say, the Roots. In addition, this also includes such classic artists as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix

In the same vein, I’m also thinking a lot about re-reading favorite books from years past including the Mists of Avalon, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the Garden of Eden and others.

“Why revisit the past?” you ask. Because I have accomplished many things since I first read these books and last listened to these albums. My place in life is different and the experiences I bring to them are changed. What a twentysomething post-college with a full-time job, who has lived abroad sees in a book or feels in music is vastly different from what a sixteen-year-old hears and sees. I’m pretty sure I didn’t understand the subtleties of character and intensities of emotion that are involved when a young married couple falls in love with another woman in the Garden of Eden at sixteen. I liked to think I did then, but after having my own romantic relationships as an adult, I’m pretty sure the story would feel different reading it now.

I liked Hendrix from the time I was a pre-teenager (blame it on my older and wiser brother), but I’ve recently come to really appreciate the complexities of soul behind his work, the power he channeled, the hours and hours of his life he must have dedicated to the instrument of guitar in order to create the magic he did.

Are there artists, writers, musicians whom you have revisited and felt a deeper connection with? A body of work you interpreted one way when you were younger and bring an entirely new perspective to now? Which ones? What creations grow and change with you?

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  • Reply GraceNo Gravatar 4 March, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Madeleine L’Engle! I read many of her books as a young child, a few as a teenager/younger adult, and reread most of them within the past couple years. I feel like I can understand the deeper messages so much better now! And yet, they bring me back to a place of “childlike wonderthought” (to borrow a phrase from an unrelated article) at the power of imagination, love, the human spirit, and good writing.

    • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 5 March, 2010 at 3:20 am

      Ooo. I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time when I was in middle school. Almost everyone else I knew read it before me as a school assignment, but I chose to read it voluntarily, even though I didn’t have to read it. It was a great book. I remember that being one of the first real science fiction books I actually liked. I wonder what I would think of it now. πŸ™‚

  • Reply joeythesquashNo Gravatar 4 March, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I go back to Hendrix over and over, and I keep appreciating him more and more.

    • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 5 March, 2010 at 3:18 am

      Absolutely 100% agreed.

  • Reply ClydeNo Gravatar 5 March, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I always go back to the comic “Calvin and Hobbes.” Every time I read it I find some new gem of wisdom. And I always come back to SRV on the music front.

  • Reply MichelleNo Gravatar 10 March, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    i always want to reread books i loved in high school, but i never find the time πŸ™ valley of the dolls is high on that list

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