I often hear that smell is the sense that’s most closely tied to memory; that a quick whiff of a certain scent is enough to immediately transport you to a different time and place. And I’ve experienced it first-hand– a few years ago I was dumbstruck by how quickly the smell of my mother’s lasagna sent me right back to my early childhood and unlocked things I wouldn’t have otherwise remembered.
Similarly, songs have served as instant memory triggers for certain times in my life, and can shoot me straight back to a very specific emotional place. I can’t listen to Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” without being immediately transported to my high school chemistry lab. The instrumental section of Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” brings me right back to age 5, listening to this song in my grandfather’s house. And Bjork’s “Aurora” almost slinks me back to the same crippling depression I was going through a few years ago, when I couldn’t stop listening to that song on repeat. I can trace back my growth as a human being by examining my musical history. And so can Kevin Davis, except he’s much funnier about it.
Being that I am such an enthusiastic fan of his work, I thought it’d be a good idea for us to meet via Skype for an “interview” of sorts. We spoke at length about online message boards, favorite musicians and the merits of Timon & Pumbaa’s rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. You can listen in to our conversation (without feeling like a total creep!) by clicking the embedded player below:
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