Music & Memories

I spent last night whiling away the time and avoiding the Sunday blues by chatting with some Twitter friends about music and the memories that music can stir up for us. It was an enjoyable chat and I landed up with my iPod screwed into my ears listening to some of my favourite tracks.

Those of you who know me will know that I LOVE music. I cannot live without it. Music makes me happy, makes me sad, makes me feel brave, helps me with anger. Music has helped me through some of my toughest challenges. When I hear those songs now, I’m taken straight back to the memories of where I was or what I was doing when I first heard that song.

Like Eddy Grant’s I Don’t Want To Dance, will always remind me of a horse riding camp when I was about 9 years old, it was the first time a boy had every asked me to dance.


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I was a huge fan of “hair metal” when I was a teenager, it’s no wonder really, my then best friend’s older brother played in a band and all they played was Iron Maiden, AC/DC and the like. They introduced us to Bon Jovi and the first time I ever saw Jon Bon Jovi I experienced my first ever celebrity crush!

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There is music I can no longer listen to because it reminds me of something sad. I hate Tracey Chapman because her music will always remind me of the only guy who ever really broke my heart, broke it as in ripped it out, stomped all over it, poked it a few times and then turned around and walked away without so much as a backward glance.

Sister’s Of Mercy – Temple Of Love will always remind me of the anger and hurt I felt after my heart got so totally destroyed.

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The song that will always make me smile and remind me of Walter and of how we fell in love is The Mission – You Make Me Breathe.

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There are plenty of songs that remind me of our years of infertility, the most obvious one is Creed’s With Arms Wide Open. Even now when I hear it I’m reminded of how it felt to tell Walter the first time I was pregnant and the crushing disappointment that followed with my first miscarriage.

Of course, what followed was years of crushing disappointments and sadness. When I was feeling especially sad and wanting to have a good “woe is me” cry, Blue October’s Hate Me can still bring me to self induced tears.

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Another of my favourite emo songs is Sick Puppies – All The Same. When I’m sad or angry this song always hits the spot for me.

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I love almost all music, hate rap & R&B, but pretty much anything else goes, from Metallica to P!nk. My iPod is crammed full of some of my all time favourite songs and memory music. Whether I be smiling along to a Van Halen number or feeling a little sad while listening to a Staind track. Music moves me, I can’t live without.

What music/songs bring back strong memories for you?



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  • Reply Melinda

    Music is food for the soul….

    January 14, 2013 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Dawn

    Woohoo… I helped inspire a blog post πŸ˜€

    Fall Out Boy – Sugar, we’re going down —– the glimmer of awesome in an otherwise especially crap year.
    Alien Ant Farm – These days – reminds me of 1 certain friend
    OneRepublic – Say [ ] — reminds me of a really bad financial downturn, and a final clearcut betrayal from someone i should have known better than to trust.
    The entire James (last concert) live album is my happy place, as is any Kings of Leon song. Will generally stop what i’m doing to listen to these songs πŸ™‚
    Outkast – Hey Ya ……… happy times
    2 somewhat recent Linkin Park songs remind me of a dear friend and the fun we had working together.

    I can go on for hours πŸ™‚

    January 14, 2013 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Beth

    I am also musically omniverous. I have a few songs that make me laugh same that break my heart a little.
    I have an album given to me by an ex of music to be broken hearted by. Not sure if it was a message to me or a glimps into his heartbreak over someone else. Still it is one of my favourite albums to listen to.

    And this is my DW and my “song”

    January 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    I think that it’s safe to say that we all have a song or two that has a memory. The song that was my and my ex’s song was “I swear” by boys to men. I swear – when I hear that song I want to run a mile… SO much cheese.
    My song with Travers is You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate; it was our first dance wedding song. And his song to me is … gosh, dunno the title:
    I would walk five hundred miles just to be the man who walks a thousand miles to fall down at your door… You know better than I do.
    Oh, and then movie songs – ALL the songs in Dirty Dancing manage to bring back love and gushy-ness!

    January 18, 2013 at 9:25 am
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