Friday, September 7, 2012

In Which I Muse on Music

This morning, I played some music (as always) for the babies while they were eating their breakfast.  I put in an old mix CD from years ago that I hadn't listened to in quite some time, and it was funny to watch which songs the babies responded to and which ones they didn't seem to care for one way or the other.  In the meantime, I was washing dishes, sweeping up the kitchen, playing with the babies, etc... while they were eating and the music was playing, and each song that came on, I would think "Awww, I love this song!"  (Duh, I picked em for my mix cd!) And then my mind would wander off to why I loved that particular song and the memories I had associated with it.  Aila particularly was groovin and dancing to "Let's Get it On" By Marvin Gaye, that song makes me think of her Daddy!  'Nuff said!
But seriously, every single song jostled some old memory for me, and sorta, I dunno, took me somewhere, you know what I'm trying to say?  I got thinking about it, and I think almost every song I really, really love has some associated memory, but for the sake of argument, I'll use this particular CD.  The first song is Charlie Rich, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World."  I am 2, maybe 3, and this song is always on the radio.  My Dad always looks right at me when he sings along, and I know that it means something.  I'm pretty sure that it's about me, and that I am, in fact, the most beautiful girl in the world.  But I don't understand the part about "who walked out on me,"  and I have this mental picture in my little juvenile head of a tiny girl physically walking on her father.  At one point I ask my parents "The most beautiful girl in the world walk on she's Daddy?" 
Also on the CD, "Please Come To Boston."  I don't know who sings it.  I am 19, living in Greensboro with my aunt, and the two of us are my car, driving down Summit Avenue after picking up food from Wendy's.  This song comes on, and my aunt says "Oh, I love this song!  I love the part where he says "Please come to Denver," cuz I used to live there."  We turn it up and sing it together. 
Then there's "Let's Get It On," as previously discussed. ;)
Then "When You Close Your Eyes (Do You Dream About Me?) By Night Ranger.  I am 19, madly in love with my boyfriend.  This song comes on and he says to me "If we ever broke up, I'd send you a tape (yes, TAPE! It was that long ago!) of this song like 6 months later."  I say "Why would you even think of that?!  We're never going to break up!  Are we?"  Well, he is also 19 and not anywhere NEAR ready for committment, and next thing I know, It's 6 months after our break-up, and I find a copy of this tape stuck between the screen and front door when I come home.  I sit and listen to it and cry my eyeballs out, but we do not get back together, we become friends.  Years later, he dies of brain cancer, and now the song is a happy reminder of our overly-dramatic teenage relationship.
There's also "Mockingbird" by James Taylor and Carly Simon.  I am, I dunno exactly, maybe 10? And my little brother and I both love music and are taking music lessons.  We bicker all the time like normal little kids do, but this is one thing that we have in common, and so when we're stuck together, it's what we do.  Mom and Dad have this tape and play it a lot, and we decide that he will be James Taylor, and I will be Carly Simon, and we will learn to sing it EXACTLY as they do.  Every little inflection, every "Whoa, Mama!"  Etc..  And we do.  We learn our parts and we learn our harmonies.  We spend the rest of our teenage years doing this for every song that is a duet or has harmony.   We're the Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel.  When we're bored, we sit in my brother's room on the floor, play Candyland, drink Mountain Dew until we're buzzing,  and sing our duets.
I could go on, but I'm sure you get the gist! And if you're not one of the aforementioned people, you are probably getting bored by now.  Every song has some person and memory linked to it, and it occurs to me that maybe it's not the songs in themselves that I love so much, maybe it's the people?  Maybe every song that I loooovvve, it's really because at one time or another, I had some special moment with some special person that that particular song reminds me of.  I'm not sure, just a hypothesis.  What do you guys think?  Am I the only one who does this?  Or do we all love songs because we associate them with memories and people?


  1. Made me a little misty, I miss my singing buddy. (sniff)

    1. You know we could still do it, at a moment's notice! It's like riding a bike! Lol!

  2. I know what you mean! All of my favorite songs are linked up to my favorite people and the memories I have with them. Love how Jehovah created us that way :)

  3. ALL, and I mean ALL of my childhood memories of Marilyn involve her singing...mostly in the car. :)

  4. Still not sure if those singing memories with our FAVORITE aunt Marilyn were fond memories or just burned in your brain for life kind of memories?? (love you Mel!)
    Btw songs and SMELLS both do that for me.. I can still remember the perfume my kindergarten teacher wore..