Certain songs trigger certain memories. Some happy, some sad. Some bring you back to childhood, some bring you back to being a teenager. Lately, I have been paying more attention to these songs, the ones that take me back. More often than not, I have a smile on my face when I hear them. Some make me sad. Some I just turn off and can no longer listen to.
"Last Dance" and "I Will Survive" take me back to my early childhood. My mom would put the records on for me and I'd just dance. (I still look like a 3 year old when I dance, only then it was cute. Now, not so much.) "Greatest American Hero" was another good one. The theme songs from so many shows bring a smile to my face.
REO Speedwagon, Chicago, James Taylor, Air Supply-these artists and groups take me back to high school. Boyfriends and mixed tapes, the highs and lows of those first relationships and first loves; the drama-these all bring a smile to my face. Some of those have more significance than others. Certain songs played during those "firsts"--those moments in one's life that you will never ever forget. I still have those mixed tapes in boxes in my basement. I have no cassette player anywhere near my house, but I cannot bring myself to throw them out. Other tapes, I loaned out and never got back. (Not that I hold any grudges.)
Other songs, they mean more. "I Got You Babe"--as cheesy as it is, my late husband and I did a karaoke video to that song on our first vacation together. When we got married, I walked down the aisle to "Endless Love". Our first dance was to "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You". These songs mean the world, but I no longer can listen to any of them. Anytime they come on the radio, I immediately change the station.
When Andrew was a little over a year old, he used to wake up in the middle of the night. And, I had no idea what to do with him. He wanted to watch TV and eat Teddy Grahams. So, I let him. We'd sit in our family room and do that. However, I didn't put on any children's shows for him, hoping he'd want to go back to sleep. I would put VH1 on. We'd watch Macy Gray singing "I Try". I always smile when I hear this song.
I met my husband Steve online. The first time we spoke on the phone, I was in a Bed Bath & Beyond. Etta James was on the radio there with "At Last". I love that song. If you ask him how our relationship began, he goes with the song "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" by Elvis Bishop. I'll save the details of our first date for another blog, but it's a great song and makes me laugh.
When my sister was in college, she went to Spain to study abroad. During that time, she took ill several times and it was so hard with her being away, calling me, crying from the hospital and there was nothing I could do. When a certain Killers song would come, I would burst into tears instantly. I have no idea why, but I would. To this day, if I hear it, I still tear up.
Right now, my boys all love all different types of music. But I smile when I hear songs they love. It makes me think of them and that always makes me happy. Well, mostly. A couple of them are on a country kick. Carrie Underwood is making a big impression. Because she is hot. And, I don't want to let my mind go where their minds are going with her being hot. Because they are boys. Thinking of a hot girl.