41T80iSxK8LIt was 10.57am on Friday the 17th of September 2009. The place was London, England; outside it was overcast and threatening to rain. I was sat in the office on my black leather, executive style swivel chair (you know the type, spring-tilt mechanism with adjustable tension control and tilt-lock) and trying my best to look busy.

All of a sudden, I was on a powdery white sand beach, the sky was blue, the sun was blazing down, a cool breeze moved the leaves on the palm trees and the waves of the Caribbean sea crashed against the rocks poking out of the beach. It was December 21st 2008 2.45pm, in Parque Tayrona in Colombia, home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Miles and miles of undisturbed coast line with minimal intervention from man due to it’s National Park status means this truly breathtaking beach is pretty much as nature intended, and is stunningly framed by the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. I was camping out with a group of friends from Colombia, Canada, Brasil, Argentina, the USA and Venezuala, we were partying there for 3 nights, and recovering for 3 days.

How was this possible? How had I managed to get from the dullness of a London office on a grey, Autumn morning, to the Caribbean beauty of a Colombian beach? How had time gone backwards?
No, it wasn’t the De Lorean parked out back or the magic mushrooms in the morning cup of tea; it was the power of music. And, in fairness to Steve Jobs, the Ipod’s shuffle function. But mainly music.

The song was Lauryn Hill’s cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” and it came up from nowhere, bringing with it fond memories and a brief release from the mundane office world.

So friends, let’s raise a glass to the power of music and the memories it brings. Life is short, and I guess is little more than a collection of experiences. Music is a wonderful way of reliving those experiences and making them seem all the more real.

Have a great weekend, enjoy some great experiences and create some wonderful memories. Thank you for listening.

PS Lauryn, please come back, hip hop misses you.

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