Music has always been a huge part of my life. Mostly from listening to radio and cassettes when I was younger to cd’s as a young adult transitioning to iTunes and then on to streaming music. I tried (not well) to play the violin when I was 10 and then the clarinet from 11 to 14. And enjoyed singing in the choir at age 15.
I sing when I’m happy and I get songs, sometimes good ones, sometimes songs you hate to get stuck in your head.
There are 3 songs in particular that I will never forget.
The first one is State of Mind by Clint Black.
Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back a memory
Take you to another place in time
Completely change your state of mind
It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love
It can get you singin’ along
Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above
This song makes me want to listen to it over and over again; because the tune always made me happy and in my world chased the clouds away when I was feeling low
The second song is Love of my Life by Sammy Kershaw
This song was playing in the Operating Room as I went into have an Emergency D&C because I was miscarrying for the second time that year, but that story will be for another time. When I came out of recovery and was in the room with my husband, he asked me if i wanted the TV on. He put it on CMT and the next song that came on was the same one that was playing as I fell asleep to surgery.
The third song is a more recent one. Any Ol’ Barstool by Jason Aldean
I had this song stuck in my head all day on the day my best friend died of cancer. I had one line stuck in my head all day long and I got in my car after work. I normally listen to an audiobook on the drive home, but that day I had the urge to turn on the radio. When I did, that song was on in the exact place that I had stuck in my head. When I got home I found out that Katherine had passed away. We listened to a lot of music together and that wasn’t a song that I had ever listened to with her, but I believe that was her way of saying good bye to me.
While writing this, my husband came into the room and asked what I was writing, so I told him. I have a story I he wrote several years ago when he was in college that I would like to publish but he’s not quite ready for that. He did however give me permission to add the song that he will never forget and a bit of the story behind it.
This song is Waiting for the Night by Depeche Mode.
This song will always be with him from his military days waiting with his men, both injured and not waiting in the dark for the BlackHawk to come in and cast it’s Halo to take them back to base. There are so many songs like this that will just lock him up with memory both good and bad.
Music is so much a part of my family and myself that I could talk about different songs and what they meant at one point in time or another. I currntly use Spotify and keep finding different songs that I have listened to for many years and had not heard since junior high. Little things that I remementer, like carrying around my little pink boom box waiting for my brother to finish baseball practice or listening to with friends for a slumber party.