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July 24, 2007

The power of music, or am I just crazy?

Filed under: music and memories — admin @ 2:36 am

Don’t worry, I already know the answer to that question 🙂 Anyway – here’s a post reminiscent of my pre-wedded bliss days. It’s a little crazy and reflective, so be prepared.

Music seems to be the universal time line. If you think back to your childhood, what songs do you thing of? When you hear those songs, where does it take you back to? Music seems to be a definitive time guideline at least for my life. I’m sitting here listening to Judas Priest “You’ve Got Another Thing Commin” on VH1 Metal Mania Classics and it takes me back to middle school and the 8 foot tall Judas Priest poster I had in my room, arcade mania (Centipede, PacMan, Galaga, etc), and the early stages of MTV when I was just entering my rocker phase. Next comes on Kingdom Come – one of the (unfortunately) bands from the Monsters Of Rock concert that I took my first girlfriend to, all of three weeks at the time, back in 1988. Then it’s Queensryche which makes me think of “Queen of the Ryche” I listened to on my portable stereo when I was 10 years old in my bed at night. Then Whitesnake, which makes me think of Sam Kinison and Tawny Kittan (sp?). These flashbacks make me wonder…if my childhood had been better or worse, how would that have changed my perspective, now, of these songs? Or would it have? Why do I care? It’s because of the amazing power of certain songs to take one back to a specific time and almost allow one to completely relive that specific time. I always wondered why “old fogies” who liked the Beach Boys were going to reunion concerts in their 60’s? Now I understand – it’s to relive those times in their lives that they miss from their past that were some great times. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that memories of my first girlfriend were “great” by any means, but they were significant. I definitely wouldn’t trade anything in my life now for those “significant” moments back then, but they do help define the me that I am now. This entry would most likely be very similar if I had been watching some alternative music special from the 80’s, which is probably my preferred genre of music. Although these days I’m more into death/speed/hardcore metal than anything else, I still genuinely appreciate songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s just the same. I almost feel that my life would have been deprived had I not experience the songs I have in my life.

I find that there are lots of reminders of when I was pre-institutionalized education, middle school (i.e. intermediate or junior high school to those outside of Washington State), and high school. It’s amazing the power of music. I’m curious what kinds of “flashbacks” others have when listening to different types of music. Please, feel free to add comments. I’ve had several stages of musical appreciation in my life and “try” to not limit myself to specific genres, but it’s kind of hard to not do that at various phases of life. I’ve liked adult contemporary, rock, alternative, what I would consider extreme alternative, country, hip hop/break dancing music, rap (sorry!), classical, and extreme metal – and I mean EXTREME.

All-in-all I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m surprised at how powerful a song from my past can be to me today, and continues to become more important as time goes on. Even songs that I thought were just okay back in the day are now a, “wow, I haven’t heard that song in forever” and immediately takes me back to a time I might have forgotten had it not been for that song. Is it just me, or is that just an incredible phenomenon?

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