Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Music, a blog post

I love music, just like the next guy that you'll meet on the street. I listen to pretty much any kind of music, although I have to say that I don't listen to new popular music very often, only at clubs and in my friends cars; because of this I tend to find out about bands that have existed for years when they have five albums and I think that I've discovered this totally awesome new band and all my friends have already heard them, loved them, and moved on.

This blog, however, isn't about my awkardly random music collection, but the music that touches our lives. I have many a song that I can't listen to anymore because they bring up deep emotions that I don't want to think about, like Aerosmith's "I don't want to miss a thing."

This particular song sums up my entire middle school and high school life. Everytime I heard the opening notes of that song I see my 8th grade graduation dance everyone in my class crowded in a tight circle, while the 6th and 7th graders paired up to awkwardly slow dance or stared at us as we screamed the words at the top of our lungs. I also see my junior prom, the silver balloons, the streamers, doing that same middle school slow dance with one of my best friends. It's one of those songs that I just love, but the people and places it put in my head I don't want to see anymore. It's not that I don't want to remember high school or middle school, I just don't want to see that kid sitting on a bar stool across a resturant from me, who smiles and waves before I hide my face behind my menu so this random kid I knew in middle school doesn't come over and say hi, I don't want to think that less than four months later he was dead and I could have said "hi," and maybe I wouldn't feel so horrible now.

Most of the songs I can't listen to are songs that remind me of middle school, "I Hope You Dance," by Leanne Wolmack, that song that Faith Hill sings in Pearl Harbor, the song from Titanic. Late ninities power ballads mostly.

I have a lot of songs that in my Itunes that I recieved via a person that I'm no longer friends with, and I've thought about erasing them, because I don't want to think about the first time I ever heard a song, or a band or whatever. Most of this music is weird indie bands, so the "where did you find this?!?" conversation happens pretty often when listening to my music collection.

The song in this collection that means the most and sparks the most memories is "Screaming Infidelites" by Dashboard Confessional. I clearly remember driving up I 95 with the top down cranking this song and screaming at the top of lungs. I love this memory, and I'm not sure where it will end up in the "cherished memories" when I'm old, but now, at 23, being 19 and screaming emo songs as I rode in the passangers seat of my friends car, is pretty high up on that list.

I guess the point of this is to find out how music affects you. Are there songs you can't listen to? Are there songs you just LOVE? Do you always feel the need to get up and dance across a pretend stage when you hear "Johnny B Goode" (okay, that might be because of my love for Marty McFly, and not so much about the song, but the song strikes the memory)?

Let me know reader. (I want to come up with a name for my "readers." I feel weird saying readers when I know that two people actually read this.) Tell me about your life in music.

today is awesome because I went for a walk with my roommate.

Books read: 14
Currently reading: Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner


  1. "Hello Love Goodbye" by To Be Juliet's Secret is a song I cannot listen to. I listened to it on repeat after my ex broke up with me last year. And..Yeah. Not good times.
    And I have a boatload of songs that remind me of the camp I work at during the summers: those songs either make me really happy because they remind me of awesome times, or make me really sad, because some situations will never arise again that came up at camp, and the songs fir the situations, so yeah.
    Also, a song I could never get tired of: Northern Downpour by Panic at the Disco. No reason, really, I just have loved it forever. :)

  2. I don't like listening to 'How to Save a Life' by The Fray... my dad had a flashback from when he was in Iraq to that song, and it was quite frightening to see him break down. Not to mention that the song is just sad.
    I have a TON of songs that make me happy, though! Like 'Sexy Back' by Justin Timberlake reminds me of marching band, since that was our 'strip song' after football games when we all were getting changed out of our costumes/uniforms. :P Good times! The song 'Last Night's Fun' by the band Scartaglen (they're Irish) reminds me of running around the living room with my sister when we were younger. ^_^
    The song 'Run' by Snow Patrol reminds me of dropping off my dad when he had to go to Iraq... not fun.
    Aaaand to end on a happy note, the song 'Womanizer' by Britney Spears... but not really, because I only think of 'Stock Adviser' by Hank and Katherine Green. And it reminds me of going to a certain river with the blogger and hanging out in the sun with friends that I'd never met beforehand. ^__^ 'Twas the best of times.