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Ghosts of old photographs

Today I bought a photograph storage box, and rounded up all (I think) of the paper satchels of photographs and negatives (remember those? it's what people had before digital cameras) that I took over the past decade or two; well, all the ones I have been able to find. They almost fit in the box. I sat down and looked through them, all those scenes from the various places I have lived, echoes of the lives of the people I have been; frozen moments from the past, which were new and immediate back then. Looking at the photographs, I felt inspired to put on a Field Mice CD.

There are 4 comments on "Ghosts of old photographs":

Posted by: alex Fri Aug 16 22:03:20 2002

So you like The Field Mice too. The most underrated band of the late eighties. Indie pop heaven if there is one. Only The Smiths and House of Love can give me the same kind of nostalgic feelings. And they gave me those feelings already when they were still around.

Posted by: acb Sat Aug 17 17:41:08 2002

Agreed. Though I only discovered them last year (I happened to be in a record shop when Where'd You Learn To Kiss That Way was playing (Quicksilver and Star Of David were on, I believe), asked what it was and bought it; since then I hunted down various rarities on MP3 file-sharing services.)

There's something about the Field Mice; their earnestness and sincerity, which still carries strongly across the years. Even though the original feelings have long since passed in someone else's youth, their echoes resonate with our lives, our yearnings and innermost feelings. Or so it feels to me.

Posted by: acb Sat Aug 17 17:42:43 2002

Plus, they're not just twee pop; they could do everything from New Orderesque synthpop to country to very classy, tight jangle-pop to shoegazer. Which is something special.

Posted by: alex Sun Aug 18 11:11:20 2002

That's a great way to discover a band. By chance when they play it in a record shop. I remember discovering Mary Margaret O'Hara this way. What you wrote about the lost feelings which still echo in us is probably the criterion for classic music. The universality of the classics. Though the people Shakespeare wrote about are long dead his plays and sonnets still hold and didn't age at all.

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