Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
– T.S. Eliot
If Richard Hell has taught us anything, it is that “only time can write a song that’s really, really real”. Music can encapsulate a moment and become and audible memory or sonic remembrance to a time we once knew, and want to live again. Whether that is teenage years condensed into a song or the anthem, to the summer when you first fell in love. Songs can immortalise nostalgia and predict the future.
David Bowie’s Time waits in the wings for us like a sniper in the brain, reminding us of our ever-present trajectory. We remember ‘precious moments’ and times ‘when you were my baby’, years passing can be cruel when we leave others behind. But, we can always look to the future à la Leonard Cohen, repenting and developing. We can embrace the modern world with HTRK and the wonders of new technology and know that Sleater Kinney’s hunger will always make us a modern girl. Yet, we must not neglect the present, after all, the know that this is the day, our lives will surely change. This is the day, having learnt lessons of the past, that things fall into place, allowing us a future of sound and indefinite memory making.