This morning “All Apologies” came on my Kanye West Pandora station. Yeah that’s right. My Kanye station is probably better than yours cause it has the right amount of Beck, Nirvana, Kanye, Outkast, and 2Pac. But I digress. “All Apologies” came on. And I sang along with Kurt Cobain and as I flew down the highway in my Mini I wasn’t 29 year old me headed to work. I was transported back to 6th grade. Me and my bff at the time would go to her house everyday after school and play Starfox or Mario Paint and listen to In Utero. For like that entire year. And then we weren’t so cool after Kurt committed suicide and she took it very hard and went gothic and I went more into the hip hop side and then we had nothing in common anymore (She’s fine now. I check in on her on Facebook from time to time.) But more importantly than the fact that I was singing to Nirvana at 745 in the a.m. was the fact that a simple song had the power to send me back to 1993.
The next song took me to a different place. 1998. Busta Rhymes “Dangerous”. Although I can’t tie a specific memory to that song, the fact that he says 1998 took me back to high school and the way those two songs were played within 6 minutes. or 5 years of my life. And then I thought how crazy it is that songs can do that to you. In a good way.
Or in a bad way. To this day I hate Boyz II Men’s, “On Bended Knee” cause I had a super crush on this dude in middle school and he was dancing with some girl on that song. It basically sucks and always will no matter what anyone has to say about it.
And it’s not just music. My sister swears I hate Bad Boys II (YES I HATE IT) because we saw it late one night and I had a bad headache and wasn’t in the mood to go to the movies. Maybe. Or maybe cause they didn’t really have to go to Cuba. Cuba? Really Jerry Bruckheimer? Enough stuff wasn’t already blown to smithereens? 2.5 hours?! Come on guy. That wasn’t the sequel that Bad Boys deserved. You betta than that yo!
Couples flock to the dance floor when they hear “their” song. Brides spend tons of time picking out what will be played during their first dance at the reception. Or even the father-daughter dance. Do you know how good a song has to be to be played at your wedding?!
In ’96 I would have told you the best band ever in life was Mint Condition. In 2008 I would have told you it was Spoon. BOTH answers are correct and I’ll air guitar to all of it to prove my point. And you’ll probably listen to the songs and be like “ok ‘Pretty Brown Eyes’ is good but ever Bre?”. But you weren’t there when me and my mom would beat the crap out of the dashboard of her Saab playing the drums to “Fidelity”. We knew exactly when to stop singing a song on side A cause our bootleg tape was about to stop, then flip over to side B. And you’ll be all “Spoon? I ain’t never even heard of Spoon.” And I’ll give you a side eye cause you shoulda heard of Spoon like I did when I shot up in my bed because they played this Jaguar commercial on Adult Swim at night with “I Turn My Camera On” and I had to know what song that was but it was 2004 and Shazam wasn’t a thing so I had to scour Internet message boards and then go to Best Buy and scour the racks for Gimmie Fiction. Two Best Buys later, I found it. And I put on my giant Sony headphones, because Beats by Dre wasn’t a thing (and I ain’t never buying $400 headphones), and it changed my life. And when my bff came over I sat her down and was like “you have to hear this” and put the headphones on her, and her life was changed as well.
And that’s just two songs. Do you know how many CDs these bands have?!
What songs take you to a certain place or time? What movies bring back good memories for you? Do you have a song that is “your” song? Does the opening baseline of a song make you close your eyes and go back? Tell me about it.
Why aren’t you downloading Gimmie Fiction or From the Mint Factory right now?!
All in all is all we are…