I just said to my sister, “You know that blogger Sarah, The Sadder But Wiser Girl (she stared at me blankly) You know the one I thought was so awesome and totally stalked and then found out she liked me too? (still blank stare) Well she’s guest posting for me tomorrow. (more blank stares) That’s when she does a post for me on my blog because with vacation I am being lame and not posting. (no response)” Dude. I am so misunderstood. But, thanks to Sarah I have an awesome post for today! She did me the honor of doing a music related post for this week; because, you know – I like music. So check out her post and go visit her too!
When I was but a young lass, we had a navy blue Toyota Tercel. It was kind of like a cross between a station wagon and the modern-day SUV. We named it LaToya, because what else would you call a navy blue Toyota?
In this car we had the front seat, the back seat, and the area beyond that was what we referred to as “the way back.” Back then you could still ride around in that part of the car without consequence. AND WE SURVIVED.
Many years later I would meet a guy whose family also had “a way back” in their car, and I knew that he was the one.
Today I’m talking about going back, but not necessarily in a way back sort of way. I’m referring to the Kenny Chesney song “I Go Back”. This song has always resonated with me because of how true it is. Certain songs can instantly transport you back in time, sometimes “way back.” For the first fifteen years of my life I was a military brat whose family moved frequently. We lived up and down the East Coast as well as different places in the Midwest. Music of course was something that was everywhere we went! It has always been very big in my life and still is. I have the organized collection of decades of music on my Ipod to prove it.
How far back do certain songs take me? In the 1970s the earliest music that really strikes a chord with me is from the BeeGees. Any song from them, particularly “How Deep Is Your Love”, brings me back to when I was really little. My parents lived in a big farmhouse in rural Maine. Mom had Saturday Night Fever on a record! Remember records? “Jet Airliner” by the Steve Miller Band also brings me back to those days. I used to have a clock radio in my room that had the numbers that turned instead of an analog or a digital display-any time I hear that song I think of that clock. Incidentally, I thought the words to that song were “Big old Jeb had a lighthouse…”
Fast forward on to the early 80s. “Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton and “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia make me think of Iowa when I was in elementary school, hanging out with my cousins and visiting with my grandparents.
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves and “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran brings memories of grammar school in rural Maine. I remember vividly that I had a Last Starfighter lunchbox. I spent hours in both the school library and the public library looking for science fiction novels to read.
“Hold On To The Nights” by Richard Marx and various songs by Debbie Gibson make me think of junior high school in Florida. I think of sleepovers with friends, marching band, and unfortunately palmetto bugs.
“Love Bites” and other songs off of Hysteria by Def Leppard as well as music from Metallica’s The Black Album take me back to high school in Iowa, my first real boyfriend and later on my first heartbreak.
I discovered Pink Floyd in college. No, I wasn’t one that did the accompanying activities that tend to go along with that group, but it was a time that I really needed to relax. I also was and still am a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan. I remember running out to the Target in Sioux City the day Meloncollie and the Infinite Sadness came out so that I could have it in my possession and listen to it over and over.
Post college I spent a lot of time in the music classroom during the day and out with my friends on the weekends. There are a vast number of songs that make me think of the bar that we started going to when I was 18, ones that I don’t really think are worth mentioning and would rather just forget. Incidentally they passed a law prohibiting 18 year olds to be able to go there the day I turned 21. I continued to hang out there for years until I met my husband and eventually moved away. “I Want You” and “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden remind me of him when we very first started dating.
Even now, songs from just a few years ago take me back to when I was first married, when my children were babies, and other events in my more recent life.
Both of my kids love music just as much as I do. They have always had to have some sort of music to listen to at night. They have literally worn out cd players. My five-year old daughter listens to the radio at night. My eight year old son has my old Ipod, on which I loaded just about all of my country music collection. I imagine someday in the future they will hear some of the songs that are popular today. I bet that music will take them back too, just like songs from my past do to me.
What songs take you back to another time when you hear them, good memories or bad?
Faster than a speeding turtle, more powerful than a laxative taken with beans, able to leap over toys in a single bound… Look, look, over there-it’s The Sadder But Wiser Girl! When she is not saving the world with her sick blogging skills, Sarah Almond is the mom of two mostly good children and the wife of one evil genius. You can find her highly unsuccessful blog at http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com