Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Aint it funny how a melody...can bring back a memory"

There have been a LOT of songs written about how a song can "take you back" and make you re-live moments of your life that have been "pushed back" to other areas of your brain.  As someone who always thought of herself as "musically inclined" I feel there are many "tunes" that describe an era of my life.  There are also many songs that remind me of specific people who have enhanced my life.
Here is a list of songs that remind me of specific people and why.

Salt N Pepper "Shoop"...somewhere around 7th grade...this girl I knew (Virginia) and I decided that we should sing Shoop at our Uber conservative Church's talent show.  luckily VA's cousin Paula was older, more mature and realized that a song about "doing it" would not be an appropriate song for two tweens to lip sync in any sort of venue...let alone our church. Our endless Thanks goes to Paula for saving our souls...though we continued to LOVE the song!!!

Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" grew up in "middle Illinois" (some may call it southern...its not, where I spent many of my highschool nights either planning for or participating in our Snowball event (which was a weekend lockin that provided highschool kids an outlet away from alcohol and drugs).  There was a very moving skit to "Total Eclipse of the Heart", where there were different people on the stage representing different substances...from "gateway drugs" to the "hard core stuff" and you would watch this family deal with the "pain".  My first huge "CRUSH" turned "BOYFRIEND" was in this play and I feel head over a silly freshman or sophomore in highschool.  We had our fling, realized we werent right for each other and have moved on.  This song always has and always will remind me of him.  I wish him and his family the VERY BEST! 

Semisonic "Closing Time" Throughout Highschool I worked at "DRAGONLAND"...AKA- the best place on earth if you were a high school student and wanted a job where all of your other friends would work and you could walk around and pick up life jackets and get a tan...not to mention, pretend you were the "head guard" and start the rotation"....Anyways...I worked there for 3 years and had a GREAT time...During this time, Closing Time was one of the most OVERPLAYED songs on the radio..and was on 98% of the day.  It soon became an anthem to those of us who were working as they played it close to that 6:00pm whistle...AKA- "get out of the pool...we all have places to go"

Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young" two individuals who were not raised Catholic at a Catholic University, Tisha and I (not only Billy Joel Lovers) stuck together singing this song in Gallagher Hall Freshman Year of College  Singing "You Catholic Girls Start Much Too Late" was a little rebel yell for us...though we were the farthest things from Rebels you ever will see.

Songs that remind me of Jessica Rickert
"Night to remember" Shedaisy
Anything with Rob Thomas or Brittany Spears- before she went nuts

Songs that remind me of Emily O'Malley (Olsen)
Anything EARLY John Mayer- early acoustics of Why Georgia and prior
"Center of Attention" Guster

Songs that remind me of the DR
"Sittin on the Dock of the Bay"Otis Redding
"How can you solve a problem like Maria" from Sound of Music
any Shakira song AND if I ever heard a Mamajuana of those
"Yo tengo nueva amore"- though I never hear that song except in my dreams.

Any Country Song- reminds me of my time in Kentucky (steriotypical or not)...esp. Dierks Bently or Kenny Chesney.  They are not bad...they are actually quite nice.  They remind me of good friends, friends that helped me get through my "post college stage" and on to my "early adulthood stage". Friends that will never be forgotten...My LWC baseball boys:)

So yes, I truly believe that songs can take you back to somewhere you have hidden deep in your mind.

What song takes you back?


  1. Smash Mouth's "All Star" always always always reminds me of you and our senior summer. I call it the Melissa song. :)

    Three record albums that totally take me back to grade school (because my parents had RECORDS and that's what we listened to!): Michael Jackson's Thriller, Whitney Houston's self titled album, and the Footloose soundtrack. Love it!

  2. Any song from Grease reminds me of you and our Grease party!

  3. oh Mel every time I hear that song i scream that line and think of us freshman year :)