I was talking to my buddy the other day about the weird way music has the ability to latch itself inextricably to times of your life, or even specific memories. Like, when you hear so and so song, you are immediately taken back to a place where that song perfectly encapsulated a moment.
I think a lot of the times that this has happened to me it was by sheer accident, or at least not consciously done. We didn't throw something on the speakers with the intention of it being the song by which we'd always recall the evening.
In any case, I wanted to share a couple of songs and the weird associative memory it lines up with.
Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
Memory: Finishing "Wicked"
This is one of the first times in my life that I can remember a time specifically because of a song. If you don't understand the connection between these two things here, good. Because there is none. I just so happened to be listening to my mp3 player while I was reading the book and "By the Way" came on the shuffle as I finished reading. I kind of feel like I can never see the musical for this reason. I already have a song associated with this story, for better or worse.
Music: Icona Pop - I Love It
Memory: My First, Shitty Apartment
My junior year of college I moved off-campus into a three bedroom apartment with two of my fraternity brothers. And a dog. It was basically a giant shitshow for an entire year. Debauchery every which way, the kind of active nihilism only achievable by a 3rd year English major and the company of like-minded enablers. What I'm saying is that it was a rip-roaring good time with some of the best people I know, but completely unsustainable.
This song reminds me of this period so much specifically because it was kind of popular at the time, and every time it came on, we would deliberately sing the lyrics wrong, but with all the energy of the right song. I DROVE MY BRIDGE INTO THE CAR. I DON'T CAR!!! I BRIDGE IT!
Music: Hawk Nelson - First Time
Memory: Well, the... "first time."
I don't even know who Hawk Nelson is, or are. I don't even know what genre of music to qualify them as. I guess pop punk is the easiest thing to go by. either way, this song reminds me of a girlfriend I had when I was in high school, my first semi-real relationship, and the girl with whom I euphemismed with the first time. She was a fan of this band and some others like it, more than I ever was. Still, I guess this is the one thing that stuck with me the most.
I never hear this song, though, unless it pops into my head. So for the most part, the memory informs this bit of music more than the other way around. Still, though. Weird song for that.