I was going through my old music collection today and threw on an old mix cd. I came across a song I haven’t listened to in a looooong time. I vividly remember it though. My ex and I were dancing to it at a party completely trashed out of our minds. It was the night I decided my life had gotten out of control and decided to move out of state. SO much has changed since then, but wow it was trippy hearing it again.
So what’s a song that can take you back to a certain place (good or bad)? I’m bored 🙂
Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter. I first listened to it in high school after my first boyfriend cheated on me. It describes our relationship at the time really well and everytime I hear it, I think about that time of my life.
Anything by Ashanti and Ja Rule reminds me of my first car/when I turned 17! I listened to soooo many songs by Ja Rule and Ashanti on repeat! I laugh out loud now about them! My parents hatttteddd that it’s what I listened to (they still hate what I listen to, nothing changes!)
People as Places as People by Modest Mouse. Takes me right back to Spring 2010 semester. I had my daughter in August 2008 so I took off school for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. Moved back home 4 months after she was born and decided to finish up in Fall 2009 at the local community college and transfer my credits to my degree-granting institution. Unfortunately, the fall that I returned, my daughter had a succession of illnesses and I ended up failing most of my classes due to absences while taking care of her. So in Spring 2010 I buckled down to finish off my last 9 credits that I needed to graduate. I had three night classes per week, and I would listen to this entire album (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank) religiously on the way to and from night class. I remember it as such a desperate time. I was a struggling single mom, terrified that, between work and motherhood and my increasingly recurring bouts of depression, I wouldn’t earn the grades I needed to finally finish my degree. People as Places as People is a melancholy song, and it always reminds me of those drives, when I felt like I was carrying the entire world on my shoulders. It was a stressful time, but now, when I hear the song, I think about how far I’ve come and how happy I have to have achieved that goal (I got straight Bs that semester and received my diploma in May!). It’s become a reminder of what I can achieve, even when I think I can’t do anything. 🙂
“Rockabye” by Shawn Mullins. When I was little I used to listen to my great grandmother’s radio every night in bed and only one station came in. I waited until they played that song every night before I could fall asleep 🙂
Clint Eastwoord by Gorillaz always takes me back to the summer between high school and undergrad. When I hear it, images from the job I had that summerb, for driving around town and along the beach, form flirting with and then dating my now Fiance (though we didn’t really get together for another 7 years), etc. Oh the summer of ’01!
“The Sign” by Ace of Base reminds me of Elementary school. “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt reminds me of middle school. “Sexyback” and “Promiscuous Girl” remind me of the summer I turned 21 or 22 (I forget) and I used to go clubbing every week.
And of course any BSB song reminds me of my life since I’m their biggest fan LOL