Music takes you back

There are SO many songs that can instantly take me back to a specific moment in time. Or a feeling. Or just a general memory. I thought I would try to come up with some. So here is my rather eclectic group of songs and where they take me when I hear them:

“Don’t Look Back” by Boston (specifically the guitar solo)- Well, I love this song and this solo, so I listen to it a lot, but I love it so much, but because the core memory for it is driving down the hill on Route 31 in Cary,  IL (where I used to live) with my dad (are you surprised this is linked to my dad??) when I’m maybe 11 or 12 years old. Just before the solo starts, he gives the little tidbit about how it’s one of the greatest guitar solos in the history of music, and then he cranks the volume. My pulse races. I get goosebumps. I lose myself in the music. It’s one of the most incredible 25 seconds or so of music I’ve ever experienced. And listening to it with my dad makes it even better.

“Dancing Queen” by Abba and “Time of Your Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – Both of these  songs instantly transport me back to my wedding. I close my eyes and I see my wedding dress and I’m out on the dance floor “having the time of my life.” Dancing at my wedding was one of the best and most fun things I’ve ever done and these two songs (along with some others) help me remember those fun times.

“Stuck With You” by Huey Lewis and the News– my husband. It was the song that played as we got introduced at our wedding, but Huey Lewis in general is a memory for my husband all the way back to when I met him. We’re not even old enough to have had that be popular when we were in high school, but he really liked it, so he always listened to it. “Closing Time” by Semisonic is another one that reminds me of him too. And most Matchbox 20 because we went to a concert right before we started dating. There’s so much that reminds me out him and makes me smile when I hear it come on 🙂 “You and Me” by Lifehouse is a good schmoopy song that reminds me of him too. It’s in our wedding video.

“True Blue” (or really anything from that album)- by Madonna- This one takes me back to my house in Streamwood, IL. I can see the floor to ceiling mirror with the cork board wall in the living room. Yes, one whole wall in the living room was made entirely of cork…well and the huge mirror. It was awesomely 70’s. I can see the reddish brown carpet and close myself up in the sound proof rec room with the disco ball and black and white checked couch. But where this song really takes me to is cleaning the house with my mom. She would be play the entire album every time she cleaned the house. I would help her and dance and sing along as I did. You see, as much as my music memories come from my dad, my mom had a lot to do with them too.

“Good Riddance” by Green Day– high school. It’s a break up song. It came out at the beginning of my senior year. It was very fitting. I remember getting all teary eyed listening to it at homecoming. Ah, high school emotions. Although, I still get a little emotional hearing it now 🙂

“Fight for Your Right” by Beastie Boys– my brother. We used to actually yell this song out the door of his bedroom, along with his childhood best friend, when that friend’s parents were visiting with my parents. We thought it was hilarious.

“Use Your Love” (aka The Tonight Song, as my son calls it)– my 5.5 year old son. He for whatever reason loved this song whenever it came on when he was a baby and toddler. So it became a thing! Whenever it came on, he would yell, “the tonight song!!” and we would go dance. “We Found Love” By Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris is also a favorite…we call it the “jumping song” because it’s got a part in it that you just have to jump! Again, every time it comes on, we have to find each other and at least do the jumping part together. I love it ❤

“For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen– don’t hear that on the radio, but it’s my 2.5 year old daughter’s song. Oh my goodness. She get’s SO EXCITED. Her eyes light up! She comes running to find me!! “Dance wish me!! Dance wish me!!” And it has to be a slow dance with her in my arms. I twirl her and sing to her and she gets this serene look on her face like there’s nothing better in the whole world. And at that moment, there isn’t. “Uptown Funk” is another funny one that reminds me of her. She calls its the “doh doh” song. I had no idea what she was talking about for a long time…but go ahead and listen to the beginning and you’ll get it…

There are SOOOOOOOO many more. I could go on forever. But I’ll stop here so as not to bore you any more 😉


7 thoughts on “Music takes you back

  1. This is great. Madonna’s albums (albums?!) bring back a lot of memories for me. I love the shout out to your dad as well, and no, I wasn’t surprised. 🙂

    My four year old loves Uptown Funk, too! It’s her jam, as we’ve taught her to say!


  2. I wrote about a song today, too! Music is so powerful!
    My favorite from your list is “For the First Time in Forever” from Frozen. I’m sure that will be on your daughter’s list one day as well.


    1. It is sort of a musical autobiography! I didn’t think of it that way. I should add more to it for my own sake to fill it out and make it more special. I could seriously go on and on!


  3. I feel like i don’t know a lot of these songs even though we are about the same age? I’m going to have to go look them all up now and see If I do recognize them more than I realize…


    1. Some are older than I am. That’s my dad’s influence again. My taste in music is a bit skewed because of him. He played everything all the way back to the 60’s so I liked everything!


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