May 4, 2010

sweet, sweet MUSIC

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music.  It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain.  Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
-George Elliot

Music has always been a big part of my life.  I began taking private violin lessons when I was six years old and continued doing so for many years.  During those years, I performed in many concerts, participated in my high school and college orchestras and even taught lessons myself for a little while.   Spending so much time and effort into my musical abilities has been a great blessing for me, and I hope I can encourage my daughter to participate in music lessons when she gets older.

Today, I found a few CDs that I had burned maybe 6 - 7 years ago.  None of the CDs were labeled (typical me), so I started playing them one by one to find out what songs were there.  Holy cow.  It a total flashback to my college days, and I loved being flooded with memories and reminiscing about past experiences.  Here are a few:

R.E.M. and The Cure - My lifelong friend, Karen.  I can't go a second without thinking of her whenever I hear the song "It's the End of the World as We Know It." Nor will I ever forget the day we couldn't get enough of "Friday I'm in Love" and played it over and over and over again! Love ya, K-Lo!

Dixie Chicks -  Bath & Body Works.  I'm not a big country music fan.  Folk music is about as close as I get to the country these days.  However, while working at Bath and Body Works, all my co-workers adored the Dixie Chicks which meant I had to listen to their music all the time.  After awhile, "Wide Open Spaces" didn't sound all that bad.  Good times!

Barenaked Ladies - I went through a phase when I loved this group, particularly the song "Call and Answer."  Hearing this song for the first time in awhile, I was immediately taken back to the days when I lived in a little red brick house with a green front door.  My room was in the basement, so it was always freezing.  I remembered laying in bed at night, listening to "Call and Answer" and really loving the lyrics.

Duran Duran -  The only song I like by Duran Duran is Ordinary World, the acoustic version.  Hearing this song today reminded me of my friend Jimmy.  He and I always gabbed about music, and he liked this song as much as I did.

Allison Krauss - "When You Say Nothing At All" reminds me 100% of my friend, Laney.   We used to listen to the Notting Hill soundtrack together and this song was on it.  Okay, it wasn't the Allison Krauss version, but still...

Enrique Iglesias - Who doesn't remember the song Hero?  Good ol'  Enrique reminds me of a past friend.  We're not friends anymore, but when Hero was on the radio 24/7, she and I acted like we were separated at birth.  She was a good influence on me.  Great times with a bittersweet ending.

The crazy thing about all these songs is that I never listen to them anymore.  I still like the, but my taste has definitely changed (current music loves are on the sidebar).  I guess that's okay because when I do hear them, I get to revisit all these fun memories!

Isn't it amazing how music can trigger so many memories, whether good or  bad, and feelings?  I definitely echo George Elliot when it comes to music.  I could not live without it.



  1. I got a shout out! Nice! Ah yes, the Notting Hill soundtrack. A classic. That one and the City of Angels soundtrack were big ones for me.

    Its kind of sad, but I was so much more into music during high school. Seeking it out, listening to entire albums, paying attention to lyrics... I really don't do that anymore. Now I just listen casually to whatever is on the radio, or the top selling songs list on itunes. Isn't that sad??

  2. That is kind of sad. Maybe it has to do with getting older and not having as much time? Whenever I'm browsing iTunes trying to find new music, I always feel like I'm wasting time. It's so sad because I love finding new music.

    Another thing that is kind of sad is that I can't just lay down, put on my headphones and lose myself in my music anymore. Now, I have to be on red alert during I's naps just in case she starts to cry. I always have to be listening out from something else.

    Being a grown up kinda sucks sometimes. :)

  3. I can't hear "Friday I'm in Love" without thinking of you, Em! I never truly appreciated that song until the day we kept it on repeat for...hours?

  4. I go back to High School when I listen to Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, The Indigo Girls, Tool, Candlebox, etc... Go back to college when I listen to Jewel, No Doubt, Deana Carter or Blackhawk (both country... I hated country before college days and a roommate and a boyfriend got me liking those two. Now I like Country, among my many other musical selections)

    Amazing how you can relive moments just by hearing a song. I wrote a poem about that once. I should dig it out.

  5. Music definitely triggers memories. It's crazy. I so miss playing in orchestra. Don't you? I keep telling myself someday I'll play in one again. And I totally want to teach my girls to play.


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