Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978)
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Would you rather:
a) Listen to Brian Eno
b) Get a massage
c) Feel like you’re waiting in an airport
If you had asked me a few years ago, I would probably have picked c), as I didn’t really get the appeal of either Eno (not having ever really explored) or massages (not having ever booked one).
But waiting in an airport meant coffee/crosswords/reading/vacation and I certainly got the appeal of those!
In 2017, however, I’d likely pick the hidden option d).
As in, d), All of the above.
Why the change of heart?
a) I’m starting to appreciate (on my way to enjoying) Brian Eno. He recorded this album with the mission to make a record that was “as ignorable as it was interesting.”
That’s actually the perfect description of Ambient 1: Music For Airports. It’s sparse, but it fills the space nicely. I forget it’s playing in the background, but it would be noticeable if it wasn’t.
Kudos Brian Eno, really neat idea, really nice execution. Mission accomplished.
b) What type of background music works well during a massage? Ignorable, yet interesting, sounds about right. A friend of mine is a massage therapist and plays Ambient 1: Music For Airports during her sessions. I’ve also finally had a massage and I now get their appeal.
c) I’m still a fan of the coffee/crosswords/reading/vacation that accompanies airport waiting.
d) So yes, please sign me up for all of the above: a Brian Eno-soundtracked massage, with a dash of that coffee/crosswords/reading/vacation feeling!
Verbalize the Positive
I appreciate 2loud2oldmusic‘s Sunday Song series, especially this year’s installment that is being guest-hosted by his spouse.
It’s always nice to see people in the community using adjectives like ‘lovely’ when describing their partners, even nicer to see those ‘lovely’ partners guest-host!