Though most things in life came to a halt when lockdown hit, music didn’t. It is one of the only things that continued throughout this scary time and it not only brightened my lockdown but made me fall in love with it again.
Between uni and work, I rarely found time to play through an album or listen to music in the way I used to. If I ever played it, it was just in the background so that I could focus on other more important things around me. But when lockdown hit, and I suddenly had so much free time, I could now listen and enjoy.
With albums from The Weeknd, Dominic Fike and Taylor Swift, and singles from Billie Eilish and Halsey, I certainly had enough new music to listen to. We had After Hours at the start of lockdown, and Folklore as lockdown was easing up, two huge releases to entertain us throughout the entire period of lockdown. Music didn’t just survive the lockdown, it thrived. We were using it to pass the time, to make us feel better, when we felt down and scared and when we longed for the future. Music was a blanket during uncertain times.
Lockdown broke the cycle of me just relistening to the same music. It made me reevaluate my relationship with music and how important it is in my life and how much I really do value it. Going forward, I am making the promise to myself to make time for music.