Thursday, May 5, 2011

Songs of my life (first installment)

I've been meaning to make a list lately.  A list of songs that remind me of a feeling, or a person, or a place, or a... You get the idea.  I've been feeling very nostalgic lately.  This is probably going to take me a long, long time, and may, like many of my projects, be soon abandoned.  LOL.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is probably "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.  Like most people my age, I associate it with Wayne's World.  But it also reminds me of my best childhood friend from that period of my life, Ms. E.S. She will always be the Wayne to my Garth.  Party on!

And then there's "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.  I go right back to feeling like I'm 6 years old again when Vincent Price starts speaking.  My mom had the album on vinyl and we used to listen to it all the time.  And when we would listen to that song, my brother would sneak behind the couch when I wasn't looking and jump out and grab me and the big scary part.  Maybe that's why my heart still races during that part of the song, even after 25 years.... *shrugs* Brothers, right?

Speaking of family, one of many songs that remind me of my dad is "Cherish" by The Association (if you don't know it, look it up! LOL).  In the car with my father, he 1) always drove and 2) HAD to have the oldies station on the radio.  Inevitably, "Cherish" would start to play sometime during the trip.  It seemed to always happen, whether the trip was 5 hours or 5 minutes.  And he would sing it.  Dad was a good singer.  It always made my insides all warm and squishy when he'd sing to me...

Another song, probably a better one to associate with my dad, is "Little Surfer Girl" by The Beach Boys.  I have this memory from when I was little, though I can't remember how little, of being in my dad's arms as we danced in the living room while listening to the album that this song is on.  My little arms around his neck, I remember looking at him while we danced and he sang this to me and thinking that he was the best daddy in the whole world.  He and I definitely had our differences over the years, but he was my dad and he loved me the best that he could. 

I could go on and on about music that makes me think of my dad, but let's move on for the moment.  Actually, let's just end it here for the time being.  Play on, music, play on.