Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Music & Memories

I was listening to the radio as I was driving home from a hair appointment the other day.  After going back and forth between talk radio and modern pop, I settled on the 80’s music station.  Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” came on.  I turned the radio up and sang along (off-key) at the top of my lungs.  It brought me back to junior high/high school in an instant. 

Instantly images of big hair, leg warmers, day-glo accessories, scrunchies, walkmans and high-tops popped into my head.  I have always had super fine hair so I was never able to get my hair to stand as high as some of my friends did.  Jealous, much?  I was!  We wore our collars up, preppy style.  Dress shirts under cowl neck sweaters.  Tight jeans with slouch socks.  Love’s baby soft. 

Not me, but I would have worn this, sans stockings
That song brought all of that back.  This got me thinking about music, songs, and their connection with our memories.  There are definitely songs that will bring a long buried memory to the forefront of my brain.  Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”, Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”, REO Speedwagon’s “Take it on the Run”.  All involve boys/men that made a difference in who I am today.  Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” was the theme song to the Voyagers TV show.  At least in my head it was which brings back memories of Jon-Eric Hexum.  No one knows who I’m talking about when I mention him, but he would have been a star had he not had that unfortunate accident. 

So handsome...

Star power....
 The theme music to Star Wars always brings me back to the first time I sat in a darkened theater and watched the star filled space start scrolling “Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away…”

I’m asking you now, what music touched your life?  What song brings back memories so strong you have to sit a moment and savor them before you move on with your day?  I am seriously interested. If you don’t feel comfortable commenting, please email me at jennifermccann06@gmail.com .