Many say you should read great books at three points in your life - when young, middle-aged and elderly - as you bring the lens of your life's lessons to the stories you immerse yourself in.
The same could be said for music.
I learned this week that after 17 years Tears for Fears have returned with a new single, Tipping Point, and a new album slated for next February. Great name for a single, and album, in a time of such upheaval.
It didn't take me long to find the track on YouTube. And, suddenly, things that were old are new again.
In an era when so many artists are sampling the sounds from the 1980s (Dua Lipa's album Future Nostalgia is full of it, along with her new single with Elton John) it sounds fresh. It's stunning. It's Tears for Fears.
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith don't consider themselves to be a band from the 1980s - and they haven't joined the reunion circuit. They didn't break up. They simply went their own ways, did their own things with the occasional reunion, albeit for a long time.
And now they are back.
This revelation prompted me to go back into their catalogue and revisit some old friends with a new perspective. The lyrics, often catchy, sometimes dark, have a new meaning after the years we've been through.
Change, about distance in relationships, struck a particular COVID chord as people have had to restructure their closeness in lockdown.
Shout, shout, let it all out, these are the things I can do without! There's plenty to fuel that bit of therapy.
It was cathartic to rediscover a band who spoke to life's vicissitudes.
I was bopping around the backyard gardening at the weekend to Mad World, Everybody Wants to Rule the World ... whatever I could find on streaming services. Rakes were wielded to long versions, shears used to short.
There is some music from that era, when revisited, that sound dated. That's OK. We've all aged since then, but the memories linger. And Tears for Fears takes me back to happy times.
What is surprising is how fresh the Tears for Fears material still sounds. Electronica has come full circle and they are, to their own surprise (apparently) popular enough again to fill the O2 in London (think stadium sized venues).
Can't wait to hear what comes next.
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