Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I've Got the Music in Me...

Last November, when I blogged about one thing I was thankful for each day leading up to Thanksgiving, I wrote about how thankful I am for the gift of music. That certainly hasn't changed in the last six months, but every day I realize how music really serves as a soundtrack to our lives.

For fun, I'm participating in a "30-Day Song Challenge" with several friends from college. Basically, each day has a theme—a song that makes you happy, a song that reminds you of an even, a song that describes you, etc. For that day, you post (on Facebook) a link to a video of that particular song.

Today's challenge was "a song you can dance to." I don't dance (well), but what I remember more than almost anything was that during freshman year of high school, the girls who tried out for the pom-pom squad auditioned to Jungle Love by Morris Day and The Time. For years after that audition, no matter whatever Sweet 16 or party we were at, if the song came on, every girl who tried out came onto the dance floor and did the routine. We saw it so often, even some of the guys learned the routine!

And that's what I mean about music really providing powerful links to memories. When I hear a song, I am often reminded about a particular place, time or person in my life, and can even picture hearing that song at that time. When I was in summer camp from 1980-1989, I remember one summer hearing Bruce Hornsby and The Range's Mandolin Rain, just as the sun was going down, and the song echoed through the mountains. Whenever I hear that song, I can almost hear that echo.

What songs remind you of a particular time, place or person? What song makes you cry? What song makes you smile?

Those are interesting questions to ponder—and even more interesting songs to think about.

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