Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Memories... Light the corner of my mind

I was thinking about weird memories from when I was little and I remembered how I was a weird kid. (And now a weird adult.) I have this memory of walking thru our house that was being built- I was like 5- and the construction workers were listening to a little white radio. The song playing made me start crying. I don't know why. I swear I had PMS in kindergarten! I can't remember the song- if I heard it I would- but I'm drawing a blank. I just know it was something kinda like that song "Don't Cry Outloud."
That got me thinking about other songs that I'll hear and it totally reminds me of a certain time in particular. Such as Garth Brook's "Shameless." 10th grade... David (A senior who totally liked me but wouldn't admit it because I was a sophmore and my sister was his age.) and another guy- Jodi Something- had driven their trucks all over the school yard, so as punishment they had to fill the tracks in with dirt, etc... He was out working on the yard one day while I was walking from the field house to the main school. I stopped to talk to him and "Shameless" was playing on his truck radio. I don't know why I remember that..


"Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS was 7th grade homecoming. I "went with" Joey. He gave me a huge mum. (It's a Texas-thing. Go
here to see what I'm talking about.) When the game was over Brandon Pannell's mom picked a group of us up in her little sports car. I ended up sitting on Joey's lap in the front seat. (Safe- I know.) Anyway.... "Never Tear Us Apart" was playin' on the radio.

"Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-Lite was playing like every nite I snuck out. I guess it was way popular during 9th grade. I remember it playing while we stopped at a a gas station to buy some Skittles. Hmmm....
9th grade again, especially the Valentine's Day dance. I requested "One More Try" by Timmy T., so I could dance with Brandon to it. Instead Allison asked him to dance. I was so pissed. Anyway... I didn't get to dance with him on the song I requested. But I did dance with him to "I'll Give All My Love To You" by Keith Sweat- quite possibly the ugliest singer ever.


"18 & Life" by Skid Row was totally 10th grade. I had the hots for Sebastian Bach- the lead singer. My friend, Marlena, gave me a Skid Row poster for my room so I could lust. :)

And then the whole Enya cd makes me think of the time after my divorce when Sei and I found each other. I listened to it all the time and pictured myself walking down the aisle to "Only Time." I didn't walk down the aisle to this song, but I did walk down the aisle to Seiuli. :) YAY!

I tried to embed the songs in this post and it was not working. I don't know why. :(

What songs bring up memories for you??



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22 comments:

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

oh this was so cool to hear you talk about these songs. how about ... we are the champions!! we are the chaaaaammmmipppppiionnns, my friend! ha

loved your choice of songs here tonight. i am 39, so this felt right to walk down this memory.

the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, chow, kathleen

ps. glad you are kicking the blahs. i had fun sharing the funny make out meme post with you the other day when you were in the throws of misery. good to see you smile that day afterall.

omar said...

First, let me once again express my awe at your memory.

Second, I can only think of one song offhand that brings up memories that are 10+ years old. It's Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance." Long story, but let's just say it coincides with my first "real kiss" with a young lady in my class.

Dana said...

Funny how music can bring back memories like that.

I have no idea why I remember this because it was such an unmemorable moment but, I remember waking up one morning to Toto's Africa playing. I still remember how comfy I was in my nice warm waterbed and my cat sleeping beside me.

NOBODY said...

PMSing Kindergartener, that's hilarious!

I think we all have Allison Barbers. So annoying. Mine is my sister S...Ha! Just kidding.

In high school when I worked at Pizza Hut I used to fill the jukebox with quarters after we'd closed and blast "Bed of Roses" by Bon Jovi and "I Cross My Heart" by Georgie Porgie Strait. I have sooooo many songs associated with memories, they seem to make the memories salient. But those two songs still take me back to high school, stinky mop water and greasy pizza hut hair.

Omar's "Young Lady" cracked me up. I'm sure that's what my first kiss refers to me as...

Nancy Face said...

I remember suffering in my 10th grade Weight Control P.E. class to "night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.

annie said...

Suddenly reminds me of 10th grade, my boyfriend Tim... Then Sususudio and take on me are songs that were me and Matt's first dating songs that have stuck in my mind... What about love is another one. I love old love songs and keep my satellite music on my bedroom tv on them and it is so funny how my mood changes with each song!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

I LOVE Billy Joel's "Shameless." LOVE it.

Let's see, there are so many... "Love Will Find a Way" by Pablo Cruise reminds me of riding someone's homemade go-cart down a hill in my little town. I think I was 8 or 9. Love did find a way that day because I didn't crash or injure myself whatsoever.

Jean Knee said...

songs always remind me of stuff but I can not think of any right now.
I did not know that mums were'nt everywhere in the USA. chicks are missin out I'm tellin ya

No Cool Story said...

As a teen my whole life had a soundtrack, tehre was a song for everything, and every guy I dated had his own theme song :)

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Melinda Zook said...

Too funny. Most of these songs bring back weird memories for me too. Especially the Timmy T. song,"One more try", yes that was every dance I can remember.

Yeah and I used to cry to a particular song every time I heard it when I was a kid too, the Queen song, "we are the champions, or we will rock you" My parents loved to torture me with it like, "look, we can make her cry with this song." You can tell I am still bitter. Then when I was in H.S. this particular song happened to be the school's theme song...even though I could refrain from crying, I still hated it.

Yvonne said...

If they ever clone that memory chip in your brain, I WANT IT!!! I always thought I had a pretty good memory, but yours is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

The Carpenters "Close to You" reminds me of my first baby--being all alone and not having a clue what to do next!!! But really it's a sweet memory and that song takes me back every time I hear it.

Suzanne said...

Great post, Tori! Isn't it interested how we can remember songs tied to memories from years ago? I did a post like this a few months ago and you can read my memory songs here! :D

Amanda said...

It is amazing how a song can bring back a flurry of memories. Every time I hear any Dire Straits song I think of my ex. Then I quickly turn the radio station. ;)

Starship's "We built this city" and "Sarah" totally remind me of junior high dances!

Jenny said...

Tori I love how you remember all this stuff! And it's so funny because we all have stuff like that. I remember most of those songs too!

My favorite is "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling because of the night Kev and I met.

I may have to steal this idea for a Thursday Thirteen! :o)

Stacey said...

Gosh where do I begin...

Although I shouldn't admit this (because it could ruin my squeaky clean image) ;) "Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams was playing during my first make out session.

"Lady in Red" by Chris DeBurgh was the first song my hubby and I danced to in high school.

"Shoop" and "Whatta Man" by Salt and Pepa remind me of a friend from high school. We jammed to those songs every time we were riding in her car.

There are various country songs that remind me of country dancing like "Learning to Live Again" by Garth Brooks and "I love the Way You Love Me" by John Michael Montgomery. Not to mention George Strait's songs on the Pure Country soundtrack.

The end...for now. ;)

Steph said...

Great post, Tori. I love this idea! Might have to steal it from ya! Music really takes me back, and I love the power it has to help you bring back happy memories.

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

tori:
do you remember cher's song "if i could turn back time"? i loved the silly spoof on it called "look at my firm back side." oh, that still cracks me up to remember that one! hope your night was de-blah, cutey. cheers, kathleen

Carrot Jello said...

Blackbox reminds me of the boyfriend I had right before I met my husband.
So does Dee Lite. Yeah, I was like 19 when you were in 9th grade, shorty.

aubrey said...

almost all tori amos songs from little earthquakes remind me of my best friend in hs. sarah mclachlan surfacing cd reminds me of my college roommate. ani defranco reminds me of this jerk guy i was in love with in college who ditched me. ani defranco and that one james taylor song...i can't remember the title. you have an amazing memory, tori. kudos to you. i can barely remember a song i heard last week.

Kayelyn said...

Anything by the Cars or Brian Adams takes me to my junior year in high school. I also like to sing "Don't cry Outloud" with Melissa Manchester. Yeah, I just like to sing along with most songs.

carronin said...

Funny you should mention "Groove is in the Heart" That song reminds me of Annie back in high school. She could dance just like the gal in the video.

Allison said...

have you figured out how we pay taxes on smorty? like if we were at a job we went to everyday? do they take taxes out? just was wondering if you knew how this works?