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.
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?