April 1, 2004

Music...And Memories

Katherine has an interesting post up today, one that I could resist responding to. Her challenge? Pick the first song that pops into your head for each description below.

Reminds you of your youth...
Shout by Tears For Fears. On the way into work this morning one of the radio shows I tune in to was talking about 80's music. I instantly though of Tears for Fears. Excellent band...and they're back together with a new one coming out soon!

Gives you the chills...
I've never hidden the fact that I'm a prog-rock geek. While its probably not the genre I listen to most anymore, I've been hung up recently on Spock's Beard led until recently by Neal Morse, one of the single most talented musicians to walk the earth. Their song The Great Nothing has been giving me the chills recently.

Makes you want to bang your head...
In a good way or a bad way? In a bad way, some of the crappy nu-metal that all sounds exactly the same. In a good way? Old school Zeppelin, some of the kick-ass hair metal, good post-punk or emo (Dashboard Confessional, All American Rejects), any of the great Seattle grunge bands (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Audioslave and the Foo Fighters. To name a few...

You wish you knew the lyrics to...
I think I know most of them but only while the song is actually playing - American Pie by Don McLean. In my opinion, its one of the best-written songs ever.

Makes you so upset you turn it off...
Brittney, most rap and overly twangy country.

Was/is 'your song' with someone else...
I'm not sure I've ever really had one of those. I've been known to heavily quote from songs but I've never really had 'a song.'

Makes you want to dance...
As long as I'm alone and have a guitar handy, I'll dance to anything.

Helps you heal after a breakup...
Its been a while. I think the statute of limitations is up on this one for me. If forced to pick, however, I'd go with the classic In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. Who can't identify with that scene from Say Anything?

Your parents made you listen to...
My parents never made me listen to anything, really. They always had lots of music on hand and would take me out to buy more. By the time I was 11 or 12, I had a huge stack of 45s. Now that I think about it though, there were some heavy doses of Streisand imposed on me growing up which I wasn't thrilled with. Yet some James Taylor, early Frank Sinatra, Roberta Flack and Carole King more than made up for that.

Ignites a specific memory...
All music ignites specific memories. I think that's one reason I love music so much. Its like some Dewey Decimal system for my brain. I file memories away based on what I was listening to at the time. That's really the beauty of music to me.

You've dedicated to someone...
Again, I'm not sure I've ever dedicated music to anyone. I've made CDs for people - friends, ex-girlfriends, my wife - and each of those in some way is a dedication, each piece of music speaks for me and to something I'd like to say. But the dedication of a specific song all Casey Kasem style? Nope.

You identify with...
Invisible Ink by Aimee Mann.

There comes a time when you swim or sink
So I jumped in the drink
Cause I couldn't make myself clear

Maybe I wrote in invisible ink
Oh I've tried to think
How I could have made it appear

But another illlustration is wasted
Cause the results are the same
I feel like a ghost who's trying to move your hands
over some Ouija board in the hopes I can spell out my name

What some take for magic at first glance
Is just sleight of hand depending on what you believe
Something gets lost when you translate
It's hard to keep straight
Perspective is everything

Posted by Chris at April 1, 2004 8:03 AM

great idea.

i stole it =]

Posted by: Marie at April 1, 2004 9:21 AM

Marie is bad. :P
So bad, her website is blocked by my company firewall! {gasp!}

Posted by: katherine at April 1, 2004 12:22 PM


Posted by: Marie at April 1, 2004 1:41 PM

OH, I SO want to play... but I have not a moment to myself today. So many songs are popping into my head. Strange how vividly I can remember moments and songs from my teenage years [the 80's] but not many since then! Maybe I need to get out more and experience those magical moments again. :-)

Posted by: Dee at April 1, 2004 2:48 PM

SUPER IDEA! I'm stealing it.

Posted by: Maureen at April 2, 2004 1:07 PM

I played too...I am just slow on the uptake...or upload...or whatever. It was because I was in a foul mood yesterday that I couldn't play :-)

Posted by: Amy at April 2, 2004 5:56 PM