Letter #62

Good morning / afternoon / evening,

I hope you’ve had a lovely week. I had a cracking few days in the Alps last weekend (and ok, maybe there was a little lamp post tying), then back to work with a bang. The music this week is built around a bunch of insanely soulful songs I’ve found this week; Bill Withers, The Emotions, Sade, the new Lovefingers remix of LCD Soundsystem, Mndsgn, Hugo LX, and an absolute pearl by our dearest and sadly departed Aretha ❤️.

It’s got some serious soul to it, so dig in, and ease yourself into the weekend.

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After what feels like months of long old hours, things are easing up a little at work, and over the course of the next few weeks I want to put together a few letters that dig into some of the topics and ideas that I’ve either nodded to in the letters I’ve sent over the last few months, or things that’ve been whirring around my head.

After finishing the Sylvia Patterson book, one thing that felt prevalent throughout is her constant sense of fun in music. Not necessarily in the music itself, but her boundless energy and enthusiasm. Not taking anything too seriously, but equally respecting the art of music. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot. I’d like to explore it more.

I also want to think more about the role that ‘tastemakers’ (I hate that phrase) play in the role of culture. I think there’s a lot to explore in the often misused idea of the ‘selector’ and ‘curator’. If we take the original concepts, do those things still apply to a DJ with a rotary mixer and Discogs account? Or should they mean more.

I’d also look more into the impact of anonymity and mythology in music and culture. MF Doom, Burial, Bjork. These people create worlds that either totally hide or partly obfuscate their own identity. What does it mean to be totally hidden? Does it create a vacuum for misattribution of influence? Does that even matter.

Finally, I’ve been thinking a lot about finding meaning in music, and escapism (both together, and alone) through music. This is something that I’ve got a lot of thoughts on – but all of them tangled.

Anyway, I should do a bit more thinking and a lot more writing, and you’ll be getting both barrels over the course of the next few weeks.

As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.

See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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