Some 13 years after the first time I heard “Looking Through Patient Eyes,” I find myself returning to give PM Dawn another listen. You could easily find used copies of their albums at your local CD Warehouse or Half Price Books. That I find myself returning to them is perhaps a long-awaited sign that I am indeed growing up.

Youth is characterized by the urge to stay current with latest songs, styles, language, technology, and activities. It’s all about the cool factor. I cannot tell you how much crap I listened to as a teenager because it was cool. Marilyn Manson? Seriously?

There were, of course, different groups and each group had its own version of what was cool. I ended up on the dark side for a time, and listened to garbage like My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Tool, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rollins Band, God Lives Underwater, Gravity Kills, and others. Some of them had catchy tunes, but overall they left me feeling like I had been in a traumatic car accident in my soul.

Preceding and following my dark side, there was my grunge/alternative phase: Pearl Jam, STP, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Seven Mary Three, Candlebox, Our Lady Peace, Live, etc.

But before I really entered a “phase”, I listened to whatever music I came across that sounded good. My first favorites were Michael Jackson, 10,000 Maniacs, Duran Duran, The Cranberries, PM Dawn, Sinead O’ Connor, and yes, even Ace of Base.

I won’t claim that all of these are artists I plan on revisiting. But I’ve been somewhat surprised these past three to five years by the artists and songs I like. It is a fascinating personal discovery, and the latest artist to be reclaimed is PM Dawn. They’re music is so smooth and relaxing. I don’t have to hate my parents or quit my job to enjoy it. So much for angst. I’m finding more and more that all the angst-ridden songs of my youth are relegated to the category of “historical significance only.”

3 responses to “PM Dawn: Returning to Great Music”

  1. I was scanning through the radio the other day and they were playing pearljam on 9.25 you know the classic rock station- that makes me feel some what older- but my pre-midlife crisis is different i dont find my self reverting back to music from the 90s especially not pmdawn- SORRY – i find myself bouncing around my Saturn Vue to the newest hip hop on 9.79 the beat yall! listening to stuff like “bubblegum” and “just bought a cadillac” its very strange. i think its boredom. whats next you revert to clothes from the 90s “purplesuits” and i start dressing like LIL BOW BOW!

  2. Something similar happened to me some time back. I would listen to Metal (like Slipknot, System of a Down, Sepultura, Manowar, Korn, Limpbizkit) bands just so that my headphones would blast in my ears. Thought it was cool.

    But now I’ve realised how wrong I was. I these days listen to Pink Floyd, Elvis, The Beatles, Neil Young and so on. I’ve come to appreciate music, rather than just listening to verses and sounds promoting hatred.

    I’m glad that you’ve come out of it too.

    Cheers mate!

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