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Post by theHermit » Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:20 pm

I'm not sure if other listeners have this experience or not, but I thought I'd share mine. I received my copy of TIS last summer just before we left for ten days in Oregon. On the drive to Oregon from the Bay Area, to drives to the Oregon National Caves and Crater Lake from Ashland where we were staying, TIS was almost always in the car and this is where I really got to know this record. Yesterday I had to drive up to Syracuse and I put in both discs of TIS. Now the landscape is very different in upstate New York than northern California and southern Oregon. In addition, everything is covered in snow here now and when we were in southern Oregon in July it was extremely hot most days. Anyhow, I was amazed at how as I was listening to TIS during yesterday's wintery drive, images of the warm summer forests of southern Oregon kept popping in my mind, to the point that I actually felt warmer from such a preponderance of images! It got me thinking about how music and place can be intertwined, even when the setting changes dramatically.
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Post by FredProgGH » Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:25 pm

When I was younger I used to set up strong associtaions between what I was listening to and what was around, usually what I was reading more than place though. I still associate Genesis with the Narnia books, for instance. Especially Trick of the Tail and Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.
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Post by theHermit » Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:39 pm

That's true for me as well Fred. In my teens it was:

Genesis - The Sword of Shanara
Rush (Hemispheres and Kings esp) - The Earthsea Trilogy
Sgt. Pepper era Beatles - LoTR
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Post by Sam Gamgee » Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:31 pm

The first time I really listened to Chronometree well was when I was reading Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti, so sometimes when I listen to it, I get that weird mixed impression of both of those together. And Journey of the Dunadan always reminds me of when I was younger (not like I'm particularly aged now, but I'm not in 6th grade! :lol:) and would listen to it literally five times a day. I guess most of the albums remind me of the general time frame where I used to listen to them the most.
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Post by Bnielsen » Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:35 am

Well besides the obvious of Live at Nearfest and feeling like we were right back up on stage, I find that GH's music has a profound ability to touch my being, although I'm not so sure that I have a specific example like above.
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Post by SuperTed » Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:33 pm

Wind and Wuthering and The Chronicles of Narnia go together particularly well for me (including the Spot The Pigeon EP)
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Post by Geophysicist » Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:12 pm

SuperTed wrote:Wind and Wuthering and The Chronicles of Narnia go together particularly well for me (including the Spot The Pigeon EP)
Classic EP. They really had the foreign office roof covered on that one.
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Post by theHermit » Mon Dec 19, 2005 9:19 pm

:lol:
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Post by FredProgGH » Mon Dec 19, 2005 11:51 pm

I like it too. I like it a lot more than most of the ABACAB album actually. Wish I had it!!
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Post by yeshead 777 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:18 pm

I've never associated music with books, but alot with past experinces and places esp. that's why i think first experiences with groups/artists are so important. I'll never forget my first Yes Album(Fragile), my first Yes tour(Relayer),my first GH album(Shadowlands),My first Rush album(ATWAS), my first Genesis(SEBTP),etc. I can also remember where I was when I heard alot of these-which is a miracle in itself if it was in the 70's!!!!
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