Welcome. You recognize these albums or songs that you simply so profoundly affiliate with a second in your life that simply the opening bars, possibly even simply a few notes, operate as a type of time machine? You hear a tune and also you’re transported to that room in that home — possibly it’s your childhood bed room, or your faculty dorm room. Perhaps you’re 11 years previous once more, otherwise you’re courting that particular person once more, otherwise you’re strolling that very particular route to high school once more, the one on which you listened to this identical album, again and again, in your Walkman (or Discman or iPod Nano).
A kind of albums for me is Rufus Wainwright’s “Poses,” which turned 20 this previous June. I used to be dwelling overseas quickly after it got here out, and my boyfriend again in New York despatched me a burned copy of the CD, which I listened to ravenously in that single-minded, pre-streaming method that made you are feeling just like the music was stepping into your cells.
This weekend, if you happen to’re feeling a bit stressed, such as you would possibly need to go away however, for a wide range of causes, it’s not sensible or potential proper now, possibly some music may take you elsewhere. I’m going to take heed to “Poses” and let the cinematic swells, the hyper-romantic lyrics (“I did go from eager to be somebody/Now I’m drunk and sporting flip-flops on Fifth Avenue”) take me to a different time, with its personal sights and smells and sensations. I’m going to let all of it in.
An audio journey may take all weekend, but when it doesn’t, The Occasions Journal’s Voyages subject has a full digital itinerary for you: Athens, the Swiss Alps, Machu Picchu, Spokane. You would possibly go to Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Winery or a hamlet in Umbria that the reporter Helene Cooper calls “legitimately probably the most stunning place on earth.” Or take a motorcycle experience to Queens with David Byrne.
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