This week’s challenge is to pick a song and write about how it changed your life. Or a musician, band or composer or lyrics or something musical and how it changed, inspired, or moved you.
For me this is an impossibility. Music truly is the soundtrack of my life. So many moments in my life have music tied to them. Corny music, serious music, happy music, weird music, rock, classical, country, blues, oldies, movie soundtracks…it’s all shaped me in some way.
If I want to think of my very young childhood, I can listen to Hey Good Lookin’ or You Are My Sunshine and think of my mother singing to me. If I hear the song In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry I’m taken back to my freshman year of high school and my first serious girlfriend. Lazy Mary takes me back to Aunt Mary and Uncle Phil’s house for big Saturday afternoon Italian meals. Alan Parson’s Sirius takes me back to the early 1990s when I watched the Bulls with my dad. Just the beginning two notes of Just A Little by Liberty X brings back the gut wrenching memories of my first real heartbreak. The name “John Williams” reminds me of my years in my high school concert band. Even More Blues But My Abcessed Tooth Is Fine Now Thanks takes me back to high school jazz band and winning second place in the Augustana Jazz Festival my junior year. Blues Before Sunrise, Rhapsody in Blue, Zorba the Greek, L-O-V-E, Wanted, Theme From Batman….the list goes on and on. All of these songs take me back to a moment in time.