Music and Memories

March 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Family, Fun Times, Just for fun, Music | 11 Comments
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Earlier today I read a post by Sandy Mc who wrote about how smells can trigger memories, be it good or bad, and I realized I had a sensory reminder today as well. Mine was through music. Isn’t it amazing how a song can trigger a certain time, a certain situation, a certain place. And at that moment you can remember exactly where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing.

Driving down the road this afternoon I heard a song I have not heard in at least ten years.  I could not tell you the name, who sings it, or even if that band is still around, but I knew every word and I could sing it at the top of my lungs, even today.

Automatically I was transported to my friend Carly’s truck driving down a dirt road going most likely, way too fast. Immediately, I remembered what it was like to be a teenager again. As awful as we thought it was, it was such a carefree time with no limitations, few responsibilites and the world at our feet. 

I picked up my phone and called Carly because well, it made me miss her and all the fun we used to have. Me and that girl have had our share of memories, some of the best of my life, and at that moment I wanted her to remember too because I knew she would.

Me: You remember this song?

Carly: I can’t hear it.

Me: (turns up radio way too loudly) Can you hear it now?

Carly: No

Pretty much the whole conversation transpires like this so I end up singing her the song. (Poor Carly) She can’t tell me the name, but at that moment she says, “Oh yeah, I remember that” and for that moment I think we both wanted to be 16 again.

For that moment we could recall a time free of adult responsibilities, free of worries and free of stresses. ( I know I had stress way back when, I was by no means a slacker, but the stress now is just, well, different.)

And it was awesome.


That got me to thinking about certain songs that make me think of those I love and here are a few:

  • Crazy by Patsy Cline – My Momo. Some of my most fond memories are of her singing anything by Patsy Cline
  • In the Garden – Mama Hundley. I had to sing this at her funeral
  • We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters – My Mom. She loves The Carpenters and has instilled a love for them in me.
  • 500 Miles – Carly D. This will always be our song. Silly I know.
  • Margaritaville – my HS friend Greg. We sang this at the top of our lungs driving home from the Senior Party.
  • Any 50’s girls group song – Mrs. Peanut. We had some good times driving home from college.
  • Any Aerosmith – always Jen Bran. 5th row center from Joe Perry and Stephen Tyler sweating on us. Good times.
  • Amz and D – any song from Rent, of course.
  • Hubby – I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman.  The song he sang to me the night he proposed and the night we said good-bye before his deployment.

The power of music is so strong. It can send you back to the good, the bad, and the ugly in our cache of memories. These are my good.

What takes you back?


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