I've seen this on a couple of different blogs, and as I tend to do usually, I skipped over it a few times before watching it.
I've just watched it and I'd implore all of you to spend a few minutes doing the same. It's worth it, trust me.
This really struck a chord with me. What music means to this man is what it means to me.
I've recently had some big changes going on, and when moving into a new flat at the weekend I had another example of why music is so important to me. The piece of ragged paper that had the essentials of 'bread, milk, cheese, teabags' written on it, also had 'radio' directly underneath them. And, in fact, I bought the radio before the foodstuffs.
This was early on Saturday morning. To get me through Friday night without music I streamed last.fm through my iphone all night.
You see, loneliness is one thing, but we try and distract ourselves from it by multi-media experiences. If we can't achieve meaningful physical interaction with a person we feel the need to create a relationship with other objects, sometimes even anthropomorphising them.
Over the past month or two I've seen very little TV. So little TV in fact that when I heard the olympics had finished I was a little suprised as I thought it only started a few days ago... Two months ago I had Sky+, a DVD-recorder and all the other mod-cons a comfortable middle class professional has. I haven't missed them at all.
What I have noticed, however, is an even deeper need for my ipod and the radio. I need to know that there's life out there. Life out there beyond the agency, and beyond the four rented walls I've placed myself behind. The radio does this. It gives me a kind of interaction with a human being. It gives me randomness. It gives me the unexpected. It gives me choice. It gives me elements of society in an audible form.
There are people out there who know more about music than me, who understand more about music than me, and who listen to a more eclectic range of music than me. That matters not because my relationship with music is personal. Like I'm sure yours is. It's something so personal and meaningful to me that it's part of me. It's a love that can't be replaced.
Only when one special thing ceases to be do you realise how important the others are.