In this ongoing covid-landscape, winter is upon us. Which equals a different type of social-isolation than the one we “suffered” during the spring- and summer-time.
What better reason—isolation-wise, that is—is there, to stock up on some music.
In order to put us through the period, which is upon us all—except when you’re living on the southern hemisphere, obviously—we gladly point you to every #JK album available on YouTube-music—the ones that were made available via the record company, and the ones we put out there which weren’t—for some reason—not cleared for the service; for instance the extended version of From the Hermit’s Bedroom and the 2013 ‘oblation’ to Record Store Day the Japanese produced, called ANALOG—a collection of alternatives.
In the upcoming time of socio-iso, as I like to abbreviate it, completely submerged in the sweet sounds of music, mind: not every reclusive person suffers from social anxiety disorder! Some people just don’t like to mingle. Some people find themselves uncomfortable in social situations and avoid them not so much out of fear, but out of preference .
Personally, I love being home alone. I love not having to explain myself, to persuade others to accommodate my needs, to wonder how I’m judged and not having to figure out my place and my position in unfamiliar surroundings.
Okay, I can see some symptoms which are also present in those who do in fact suffer from social anxiety disorder, but I do not regard a preference for solitude necessarily as a disorder.
As long as it does not limit the quality of one’s life; as long as it does not prevent self actualization and the fulfilment of needs; and as long as it continues to feel like a choice rather than a phobia, creating a lifestyle of semi-solitude is just fine. And now we offer some music to such a lifestyle...