Harkive – The Final Countdown – 2 Days To Go!

On Tuesday 21st July Harkive will once again be collecting stories from music fans around the world about How, Where and Why they listen on the day. If you’re a fan of music, we’d love to hear your story.

All this week we’ve been posting some example contributions from interesting people involved with popular music, and with just 2 days to go until Harkive day, we’re very pleased to bring you another.

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Jonathan Troy, along with his brother, Matt, records as The Hi-Life Companion. Since releasing their first EP in 2008 on Cloudberry Records, the band have issued two LPs, ‘Say Yes’ (2009) and ‘Our Years In The Wilderness’ (2014), picking up radio play on BBC Radio 1 and 6Music along the way. Reviews have hailed their ‘joyous 60s pop’ and compared The Hi-Life Companion’s to bands such as The Beach Boys, Belle & Sebastian, early-REM and The Go-Betweens. Listen for yourself:

Jon created this music listening story on Monday 13th July 2015, and has also kindly provided us with 5 CD copies of ‘Our Years In The Wilderness’ to the Harkive Prize Draw.

In the car on the way to/from work: Silver Jews ‘Bright Flight’ CD. I have a 20-30 minute journey in the car and there has to be music available,usually CDs. I like radio but it’s a bit unpredictable. It’s great to hear Bruce Springsteen but not so great to hear the Lighthouse Family. The car has CDs stacked into every orifice but I am slowly coming around to the idea of MP3s, although my current car doesn’t have an MP3 player.

I play it loud because it’s just me in the car. I always have to wait until a song has completely finished until I get out of the car, whether I’m late or not. And I hate not finishing a CD so if it’s still playing by the time I get home I drive around for a bit so I can hear the end. This is hard to explain to people.

CDs in the car is where I mostly listen to music. I travel around for work during the day and if I can listen to 2-3 albums in a day I’m delighted. Yesterday in the car – in-between swapping CDs – I heard Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’ and thought bloody hell that’s a tune.

Occasionally something I hear will make me well up – songs that have recently made me cry in the car include:

Eels – PS You Rock My World
Sun Kil Moon – I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same
Jonathan Richman – That Summer Feeling

Often it’s just a word, or a line, like Stephen Merritt singing ‘…and when the wind is in your hair you laugh like a little girl…’

In the evening cooking tea: Tony Christie ‘Made In Sheffield’ via MP3 in docking station. I like music on when I’m cooking or eating tea. Occasionally if someone is talking at me during this period I’ll nod politely and then play the song again later on when I get the chance. My wife knows by now that I’m listening to her with one ear and the other is trying to work out what the tambourine is doing. ‘Louise’ is a song that stops me in my tracks – maybe as you get older it’s the nostalgia in music that gets you, the reminder of times past, of how you used to be.

Later in the evening – Spotify, You Tube or Soundcloud. I have my headphones on and play demo’s of our own new songs and then browse through recommendations from friends. I like the way headphones bring everything right  to the forefront Recently I found myself listening to The Walkmen, Crybaby and The Triffids as a result. There’s nothing better than a strong recommendation from a friend: the excitement of a new thing, a new sound, a new discovery, its like being a teenager again.

…and that was Jon’s listening day. We’d love to hear about yours next week.

You can tell that story in any number of ways: you can use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social networks to post as many entries as you like across the day – just remember to include the #harkive hashtag in each post and we’ll do the rest.

Or, you can write something longer and email it to us, like Jon did.  Alternatively you can post your longer story to Medium, Tumblr, or to you own blog/website – again, just remember to include a #harkive tag. We also accept photos, video and audio. Hopefully there is a method that suits you. All available means of providing us with your story are detailed on the How To Contribute page.

We hope you’ll consider telling your music listening story next Tuesday. In the meantime you can keep an eye on the project by following us on Twitter, or by liking our Facebook page. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email us.