Songs That Take Me Back!

Have you ever listened to a song and (in your mind) been magically transported to somewhere from your past? That happens to me pretty regularly! It never ceases to amaze me. It also cracks me up because a) when I hear songs in daily life, I never know which ones are ultimately going to end up on the sound track of life, and b) some of the songs that do end up on the list are really weird!

I like music, and I tend to binge listen to a song when I love it. I’ll listen to the same song on repeat for a full day, but overall music is not something that’s very important to me. I’m more of a TV girl – especially when Teen Mom OG, The Royals, Jane the Virgin, King of Queens, or Vanderpump Rules is on… Anyway, even though I’m not someone who’s obsessed with music, some songs make permanent imprints on my life!

I thought it’d be fun to share some of the songs on the soundtrack of my life (so far). Here are the ones I thought of off the top of my head:

  • Old Man River & They Call the Wind Maria – my mom singing to me when I was little, or my mom having me sing those songs while I was in the bathtub.
  • You Are My Special Angel by Bobby Vinton – riding home with my mom on weekends.
  • Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino – riding in the car with my dad, usually to or from my Aunt Stella’s.
  • What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong – Daddy and I danced to this at my wedding.
  • Turn the Page by Metallica – I love this, and it was the one song that Brian requested the DJ play at our wedding. I was so surprised he thought of it!
  • 5’Oclock World by the Vogues & the Smurf’s toothbrush song – playing records at my dad’s house.
  • Once Bitten Twice Shy by Great White & What it Takes by Aerosmith, the Color Me Badd tape – being in Diane’s basement, hanging out with Caleigh.
  • Unskinny Bop by Poison – being in Diane’s kitchen and seeing the video for the first time ever. Poison became one of my favorite bands.
  • Walk Like and Egyptian by the Bangles – calling the 909 phone number with Georgi to hear recorded phone calls with the members of the Bangles.
  • Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi – the talent show with Georgi.
  • Wild Side by Motley Crüe – the 3rd grade talent show where one of the kids played this song while trying to break boards using karate & also now it reminds me of my wedding – it was our entrance song (instrumental part only!).
  • I Touch Myself by the Divinyls – hanging out with my cousin, Laurie. We thought that song was so weird and hysterical.
  • Love Shack by the B52s – same as above!
  • The Barney theme song – watching the TV show a bajillion times with Caleigh.
  • The Wheels on the Bus – sitting on Caleigh’s front stoop singing this as the cars went by.
  • Into the Groove by Madonna – 8th grade talent show with LeeAnn.
  • Comedown by Bush – being on the bus on the way to school in 9th grade.
  • Push by Matchbox 20 – getting ready for school in 9th grade.
  • Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik/One Headlight by the Wallflowers – driving around with Laurie, talking about hoping to find boyfriends.
  • Rock Me Amadeus by Falco/ 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton/Mickey by Toni Basil – driving around in the car with Dawn. For 9-5, I remember Dawn “playing piano” on my dashboard, right where the airbag was located! I kept thinking it was going to pop out one day!
  • Shimmer by Fuel – Dawn and I loved this song and could listen to it repeatedly. I remember wanting this to be the only song played at the prom!
  • Talk Dirty to Me by Poison – one of my first dates with Brian. He’s also a Poison fan and this song came on and I was like, whoa, are you trying to send me some kind of message?!? He was horrified! 😀
  • I Hear a Symphony by the Supremes – working at the car wash with Rob.
  • Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer – Watching She’s All That with Brian. I think it was on some sort of anniversary or other special occasion.
  • Bye Bye Bye by N’Sync – being at the prom with a guy I worked with at the car wash.
  • Everywhere by Michelle Branch – spilling my drink on my dress pants on the way to my internship in college.
  • Any Britney song (but particularly the early ones) – driving around with Caleigh in the summertime. We were particularly inspired by Britney’s abs, so we had a laminated pic of her stomach that we kept in my car to reference when we were feeling weak and wanted to hit a fast food drive through! Hilarious!
  • Behind These Hazel Eyes by Kelly Clarkson – driving to work at the Venetian.
  • Crawling in the Dark by Hoobastank – feeling like I hadn’t found my place in life when I was working in news. I knew I wanted to do TV, but wasn’t loving news! It’s way too negative most of the time!
  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds – This was playing right when  I got in the car after my last day at the TV station. It just seemed ironic!
  • Cold by Crossfade – working at the Venetian – being in the back bar server’s area.
  • California Love by 2pac – being at the gym in Vegas
  • Lindsey Stirling songs – Ashley loves her, so I think of Ashley whenever I hear Lindsey’s songs.
  • Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band – working at the beach resort.
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen – being obsessed with this song.
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Reminds me of my wedding – this was our first dance song. It now also reminds me of Kennedy.
  • Best Song Ever by One Direction – driving in my car by myself, not believing that I’m probably too “old” to like a boy band as much as I do!
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor and Fight Song by Rachel Platten – makes me think of Kennedy. I feel like Eye of the Tiger is her song. She’s the strongest, toughest girl I know! Similarly, Caleigh said that when she hears Fight Song she thinks of Kennedy, so now when I hear that song I think of Caleigh saying it’s a good fit for Kennedy.
  • Reba theme song – Kennedy loves this song and she’ll snap her head right around to watch/hear, it doesn’t matter what she was doing before that – when this song is on, her world belongs to that song.

I’m sure there are a million more, but I can’t think of them right now!

 

Building a Friendship

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Dawn & Steph on the last day of senior year

Dawn and I met about 20 years ago (whoa!), in 9th grade. I was pretty quiet and Dawn was more outgoing and definitely had more friends at that point (and probably still does!). Our maiden names were close alphabetically, so we always ended up in the same 5th period class, which was 1.5 hours long. As I remember it, Dawn would randomly turn around and tell me things out of the blue – outrageous plans for her future, or other things she wanted to do. It would always crack me up. It kind of seemed like confession. I don’t even know if I ever said anything back. I’m not much of a rule breaker, so I probably didn’t even talk during class at that point!

Our friendship stayed at that random-fact-phase for several years, until 11th grade, when we had yet another 5th period class together (this time was Chemistry, neither of our areas of strength) and also were in the same SAT prep course. We each hated that prep course, and hated that it was after school. The mall was much more fun. So one day we decided that we were going to skip the prep course and head to the mall. A few other girls who were mutual friends of ours went, and then they had to go home by a specific time. Dawn and I decided that we weren’t ready to go home at that point and so we drove back to our little suburb, dropped off our mutual friends, and then headed back to the mall (which was about 1 hour round trip). Well, wouldn’t you know, my ’88 Cavalier broke down. And we both had to pee.

There’s something about being in a broken down car in a pretty crappy area, needing to call your parents to ask for help (after lying about skipping the prep course – which was about the most rebellious thing I’ve ever done to date… I’m pretty lame) and attempting to not pee your pants that really fosters a bond.

I honestly don’t remember much about how long we were there, who came to pick us up, when or where we ended up finally getting to use the bathroom or anything else, but I do know that it led to a life-long friendship. I’m not sure that Dawn and I ever hung out with those mutual friends again, or if we ever attended another prep course, but Dawn and I have stuck together ever since and had a fabulous time together! I ended up with a new Cavalier and put 18k miles on it in the first year – pretty much just driving to the mall and back! Now we’re moms (when did we grow up???) and are figuring out how that life is supposed to go.