Isn’t it funny how some songs send you back to a specific moment in time?  That happens all the time with me.  Just completely random stuff…

For example, nearly anything from Stone Temple Pilots takes me back to playing sand volleyball with Dwayne, Sarah, Leah, Tiffany, Bobby, Tabitha, Kevin, Tim, Travis and Bruce.  Wow, in connection with that, man…I remember Penelope…  Heh…nice find, Bruce :-Þ  OH!!  And Emily!  Holy crap, Emily…  *Ehem* Focusing now…  Anyways…  Man, that was a good time.  Or, something from Soundgarden’s Superunknown album reminds me of driving to Lawrenceburg to work at McDonald’s.  Man…the days.  Right now I’m listening to Stone Temple Pilots’ Tumble in the Rough, and it reminds me of when I went to the art museum for a class for college.  I was listening to a techno song yesterday, and I can remember a buddies’ party that I went to and had a great time at, and when that specific song came on…well,I remember having a DAMN good time…  Awesome triggers, I tell ya. 

I can’t listen to the Matrix soundtrack now without thinking about travelling to Wichita, KS, for the Episode 1 opening.  It was the first time I ever got a burnt CD, and I’d listen to it over and over again.  Man, I thought it was the freaking grooviest thing…  Man, kids got it easy nowadays… 

White Lion’s another one.  I can’t even remember what the freaking song is, but when I hear it, I can’t think of anything but the Tilt-A-Whirl from the Pumpkin Show back home.  They used to play that song OVER and OVER and OVER again.  I was so sick of walking past that corner when they’d play that…  And now, I can’t think of anything BUT that damn ride when I hear it. 

Pearl Jam’s Vs. Album reminds me of the trip to Atlanta for the Lutheran Youth Convention.  Specifically, my buddy Dusty, as he really turned me on to them.  I bought it, and really dug it.  Specifically, Rats.  That snowballs, and I remember the freaking BLAST of a time I had there with Karen, Matt, Dusty, Tim, Max, Nat, Emily, and the rest of the gang.  I had so much fun down there, I didn’t want it to end.  I remember getting lost and seperated from the group…I was probably lost for over an hour.  If Matt reads this, maybe he’ll remember, but I was gone for a good while.  Now, mind you, I had spent little time outside of my small home town at this time, and NEVER by myself.  Still though, I didn’t really panic, as I wasn’t worried.  I don’t know why I wasn’t, I just never had a moment of panic.  Frustration, yeah, definitely.  And relief when I found Tony at one of the sub stations.  I remember getting back to the room and Natalie giving me this HUGE hug.  I was joking and having a good time with it beforehand, but I think at that moment, it really kind of hit me what kind of trouble I had been in.  I was really fortunate I didn’t get mugged or attacked.  Oh, man…  Matt…  Do you remember the girl’s name from Nebraska?  Man, I was freaking nuts over her…  I think it started with a T…  Man…  That whole trip is definitely one pleasant stroll down memory lane.  Heh…getting in trouble EVERY morning, no matter what we did.  Missing service, doing something other than what we were supposed to…  I loved the whole trip.  All of it.

It’s really funny how music plays such a weird and valuable role to me and my life.  Good times…bad times…  You know, minus a few songs, all my associations with songs are usually pleasant, if not fucking outstanding ones.  Griffen loves music right now.  I hope it effects him in much the same way.  It’s a great tool in remembering some of the best, if not important, times in life. 

…Wow…  I think that was the most meaningful and interesting posts I’ve done on this damn thing…

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