Music has played a big part in my life and it triggers a lot of memories for me.
Fleetwood Mac reminds me of my college graduation, the Beatles always reminds me of summer and Soulja Boy song reminds me of my brother's wedding. Yeah, the last one is a little random. My dad even remembers the song he heard after learning his mom died. And now, 20 plus years later, he still turns off the radio when it comes on.
But the music I have the most memories with (and don't laugh) is Sarah McLachlan.
When I was in high school, Sarah McLachlan was like my personal goddess. Oh Sarah, you spoke to me. Her album, "Surfacing" was on a permanent loop in my house. I listened to it night and day.
At this time, Lilith Fair was in full swing and "moody girl rock" was peaking in popularity.
Her songs, Building a Mystery and Adia, were always accompanied by my passionate, yet tone-deaf voice voice.
I bring this up because the wedding I recently went to had a heavy Sarah McLachlan playlist during dinner and my female tablemates and I spoke about our Sarah memories, swooning over teenage angst and how her soulful lyrics got us through a tough adolescence.
I think I even sang along to one of her songs on a date. And yes, he did ask me out again after hearing that.
There's something about the power of music and the emotions it brings up. You feel like the songs sing directly to you and know exactly how you feel. Um, yeah I think I once said that about a 98 Degrees song too. Fail.
Even now, I have playlists for certain moods, including:
- Post work relaxation
- College/Frat party
- Germany memories (lots of techno and Tom Jones music)
- Let's go take on the world!
- Drunk (lots of Journey and Britney Spears)
So my question tonight is: what music or artist brings up the most memories for you, even from those difficult teenage years? Or what is your go-to song or artist when you need a pick-me-up?