Today’s prompt comes courtesy of Sarah: What is your strongest memory tied to music?
I’m sure I am not alone when I say that music has played a big role in my life. As someone who dislikes silence (I blame my extroversion), I often have music on in the background. I even make my own music – well, it’s not really music, more like strange little sounds while I am tasking away – which has earned me the nickname The Roaming Gnome. But I digress…
I love how a song can take you right back to a specific moment in time, and all of the memories associated with that moment come flooding back. It’s impossible to pinpoint just one song and one memory, so I’ll share a few.
The song “Are You Jimmy Ray” was popular when I was in grade 10 and it came in really handy when studying for my History exam. A group of us created our own lyrics to the tune of this song: “Are you Germany? Are you Italy? Austria-Hungary? Who wants to know? Who wants to know about the Triple Alliance?” Needless to say, it worked (I went on to study History in university), and to this day, whenever “Are You Jimmy Ray” comes on, I can’t help but sing the lyrics we created.
Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” also takes me right back to high school. It was a warm October day, and two of my girlfriends and I headed to Canada’s Wonderland for one last hurrah before it closed for the season. The anthem of the summer of ’97, “Semi-Charmed Life” was still popular well into the fall. Some of the memories that come back include: roller coasters, half-priced candy, funnel cakes, and Nick (the German exchange student) and Kyle (his much younger “host” brother) we met on White Water Canyon. I can tell you that when an 11-year-old tries to act “smooth” around you, your friends never let you live it down. Jackie and Steph, I hope you’re reading. And I hope you still remember that day.
Then there’s Modjo’s “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)” that takes me back to the early fall of 2000 in England (you only need to read my previous post to know why this one stands out); Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” (or really any song from the Bodyguard soundtrack – I loved that movie) reminds me of making up dances in the living room when I was 10 years old (I still have personal dance parties and I’m not ashamed to admit it); The opening song to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation because it simply isn’t Christmas until you watch that movie; and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and U2’s “All I Want Is You” because those were the first and last songs played at our wedding.
And just for good measure, one of my all time favourite songs is “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals.
I could keep going. I love how music is universal. I love how music is so powerful. I love how music connect us.
What are your musical memories?