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.