Took off on a road trip this past weekend - a friend of ours that we knew from Hawaii is riding out a deployment back on the mainland with family. She's about ready to give birth to their third child and her husband - wonderful man that he is - brought a handful of her closest friends into town to hang out with her for a weekend. However, this necessitated a 800 mile round trip drive.
Ah, the possibilities were ENDLESS! I could listen to anything I wanted! I could stop for Starbucks any time I wanted (well, once I made it into an area that resembled civilization...)! I could sing along and not have anyone talk through my favorite songs!
Just a glimpse at my playlist and you'll get an idea of the rocking out that was going on (and no laughing at how 'eclectic' my list is):
- Keb 'Mo
- Sonia Dada
- Voice of the Beehive
- Chris Tomlin
- J Boog
- JJ Grey and MOFRO
- Kolohe Kai
- Dirty Heads
- Toby Lightman
- Zac Brown Band
- Bob Seger
- The Cult
- Kenny Chesney
- Johnny Clegg & Savuka
- Jars of Clay
- Ben Harper
- Blues Traveler
- Better Than Ezra
And one of the songs that came on was the one above - "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney. I started thinking about certain songs that hold deeper meaning than just being a soundtrack that plays continuously in the back of my head on a daily basis. Does anyone else do that? Or is it just me that has music in my head every day?
Anyway...the first song that comes to mind is (don't laugh), "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul, and Mary. It's one of the first songs I remember listening to as a child on my family's record player. I just remember loving the melody of the song and how soothing it felt but then I listened to the words and I realized how sad of a song it really is. It still transports me back to my living room.
The next song that popped into my mind was "Still Rock and Roll to Me" by Billy Joel and "Call Me" by Blondie. My best friend used to come over and we'd dance around my living room to those two songs. I still know all the words.
After that, it's the song, "Forever Young" which was our theme song my senior year in high school. We had lost a friend that year and most of us had to come to terms with the fact that we really weren't immortal. That was a tough one for 17 year olds to wrap their brains around.
Lately, there are so many songs that stick in my mind that I really can't sort them all out. What are some of the songs that take you back and where do they take you?
Posted by Homefront Six at 7:59 PM