Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Caught up in a moment...

Isn't it amazing how hearing a song can bring you right back to another time and place? You hear the first few notes of something - and then suddenly, you are someplace else - reliving a memory. This happens to me all the time, but this morning's interlude was just what I needed.

I was driving to work, feeling a little cranky because I didn't sleep well last night - and wouldn't you know - traffic was out of control. There's a shock. So, I'm sitting on the highway and I'm sort of just dazing off into random thoughts, when the first notes of "Sweet Home Alabama" starts filling my truck. Suddenly, I'm back in 1988 - and it's the summer I graduated high school. Any type of "Freedom Rock" (turn it up dude!) brings me back to hanging out at my best friend's house with her brother - and my high school sweetheart. (Her brother and my boyfriend were best friends, so we were always together). I could see us there in the yard - I could smell the linguica cooking on the grill, and I could hear Lynard Skynard playing in the background. We had so much fun that summer. And in retrospect - their parents were amazing! There would always be at least 5 or 6 of us there, at any given time of day (some of the best cookouts were at 11pm!) and the food that would be cooked at any given time - I'm amazed they didn't go broke feeding us. Those were great times....the worries and needs of being 17 weren't much more than "who's hanging out with us tonight?" - and it was definitely a fun and happy place in my life.

As I said, there are many songs that bring me back to a place in time - but this was a good one for today. And I just thought I'd share it...

12 comments:

clew said...

MAN, I LOVE THIS! I am always saying the same thing - hearing an old song is like stepping into a time machine in your thoughts. I often find myself back at a certain time and place at the sound of an old song - it's an amazing and powerful thing. Great post!

Lori said...

I can truly relate to this as well....music is so powerful.

There was something really special about being 17, wasn't there?

Thanks so much for your kind comments on my posts. I really appreciate your thoughts.

Kodijack said...

Thanks for sharing Rebecca.

This was the first time that I ever had to look up a word that I read on a blog. "linguica", I had no idea what that was.

JAX said...

Yah, that happens to me sometimes too and I love it. I actually made my sister a mixed cd that reminded me of her and I growing up together. Nobody else would have understood this CD. It ranged from the Knight Rider theme, to the cowardly lion to Swing out sister, to that one song, I can't remember who sang it, "Josies on a vacation far away, call her up and talk it over. So many things that I wanna say. You know I like my girls a little big older. I don't wanna lose your love toniiiiiight. I just wanna use your love toniiiight"(nice song, huh?)

clew said...

THE OUTFIELD!!! Thanks for my new OCD song du jour, jag ;)!

Rebecca said...

I loved the Outfield...that song has a specific memory attached to that too! hahahaha

steelcowboy said...

Songs have some incredible magic; there are some to this day, I rock out to.. or, reach over and shut them off.. some good memories, some bad :)

GlitterGlamGirl05 said...

What a great story!

Kristi said...

I have no idea what "linguica" is either.

Don't you just love music? I would lose my mind without it when driving to and from work!

Rebecca said...

I'm sorry everyone... Linguica is delicious portugese sausage. I believe it's related to chorizo (sp). And on the grill - it's fantastic!

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Bougie Black Boy said...

yeah, I thought the same thing! Everyone has to love sweet home alabama!