Do you remember a song that had a profound influence in your life? A song that would stick with you and have a huge impact on your taste of art, music, and fashion. There was a song that changed my life when I was 8 years old.
This song was playing in the car while my parents drove me to school, but I wasn’t sure who the artist was. Then one night, this song appeared in the background of my dream. This dream was so intense that I still remember the feeling when I woke up with such adrenaline and visions. I had asked my cousin and we tried to puzzle who this was. I didn’t have a record player at that time in the early 80’s, so I had to wait to hear it again on radio.
Then the day came. It was “In The Air Tonight”, by Phil Collins.
When I was younger in Chicago during a modeling shoot for Jil Sander- I was listening to George Michael during 1996-1998
Instantly, I became a PC and Genesis junkie. As a teenager, I would visualize the future while running down Grange and Henley Beach in my home town (South Australia) with my Sony Walkman. Now, it’s the flashback of memories that helps me remember the times growing up in Australia. This was when I was building direction, a picture of my next phase, a snapshot of who I want to be as a man.
Music can be inspiring and have an influence on our lives like the music of Phil Collins did for me. I am living in the USA as a Design Mentor because of my abilities to remember elements that effects our emotions. For me, design is more than an object or a thing. Design to Create Memories is my philosophy that I have established in the USA. It’s the ability to connect to our senses to create an interior that relates to your story or perception. It’s design that goes beyond the things themselves, that looks at the individual, the needs of a changing world searching for new signals, as well as at beauty and emotion in the everyday things.
Asking your client if music had an affect in their lives can trigger memories of the past. This can lead towards the types of colors, scents, textures, objects that have relevance during the programming phase of design.
I still enjoy listening to Genesis and it continues to remind me of my home in Adelaide. I can remember the ocean breeze, the pasta sauce cooking in mum’s kitchen, the sound of a cricket game playing on TV, and the music of Phil Collins on my CD player. It’s just another day in paradise for me!
Ange’s Top 11 Phil Collins/Genesis Songs
1.In the Air Tonight (PC)
2. You Might Recall, (Genesis)
3. Evidence of Autumn (Genesis)
4. Blood on the Rooftops (Genesis)
5. One More Night (PC)
6. If Leaving Me Is Easy (PC)
7. Follow You, Follow Me (Genesis)
8. I Don’t Care Anymore (PC)
9. No Reply At All (Genesis)
10. I am Not Moving (PC)
11. Its Gonna Get Better (Genesis)