Where Does Music Take You?

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Music has the power to take you places like nothing else. No smell, or picture, or taste can bring a memory right up or whisk you away to someplace new the way music can.

Music has been my friend for many years.  Before iPods it was CDs and before CDs it was tapes (I even had a favorite eight track but we won’t go there).  I find that music helps me feel and bring up emotions that I might otherwise ignore.

If by chance you happened to stumble upon my mix and decided to flip through it, you would find a lot of 80′s and early 90′s pop.  The likes of Billy Ocean, Lionel and The Whispers make more than one appearance.  You’d even stumble upon the Flashdance sound track.  You’d for sure find yourself swaying back and forth to “Rock Steady” and “Lady”, I guarantee it. For me it reminds me of a mom that I miss so much.  It reminds me of driving around (in her Corvette with the “T” tops off) holding her hand and listening to her sing for hours.  When I’d hear her sing, I was proud.  She had the voice of an angel.  Listening to her sing was my favorite pass time and when I listen to old pop music I remember so much more than hair scrunchies and banana clips.  I remember a closeness that has never been the same. I remember a hero.

Then, should you click ahead a few songs you might stumble across some really old country.  Some Garth, Reba, Judds and the like.  Not many love this type of music, and heck, I don’t know that I even love it, however, it brings me back to my Grandpa’s big pick up truck quicker than anything else.  Nothing could hurt me in that truck.  He’d turn the country music on, crank the heat up to about 97 degrees, and we’d drive around.  Broken hearts, sad feelings or deep hurts melted (possibly because of the aforementioned 97 degree heat).  Nothing mattered.  When I listen to old country music I am reminded of a much more simple time.  A time when it was safe, and okay, and even though it didn’t make sense, it was going to all work out.  Grandpa said, even if he didn’t really speak one single word, but just softly hummed along to “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”

Keep scrolling.  You are going to hit a few Usher songs along the way, Lil’ John, Lil’ Wayne, and a few more “Lil’s”.  Fifty is going to make an appearance as is Snoop.  You might laugh, I probably would too, however go back with me, for just a minute.  I once got the amazing blessing to live with my best friend in the whole world. We would crank these songs up and spend, roughly, 3 hours getting ready, cracking up, talking smack and generally being complete goof balls.  I’m pretty sure we went through 5700 rolls of film while listening to these songs and our poor coffee table…well, at one point we danced the legs right off of it.  It is not often you get to make so many great memories with such great friends, but I did, and when these songs come scrolling by, it takes me back.  For just a couple minutes I’m back on that coffee table, dancing my ever-loving butt off, laughing so hard I’m sure I’m about to fall but, for some reason, it does not matter at all.

Keep going, next you will find newer country.  You’ll find Diamond Rio, Billy Currington and Jason Aldean.  These artists, and moreover the songs they sing remind me that I’m blessed.  See, on my husband and my fifth date he sang to me.  He brought in a CD and he danced me around my living room while singing Diamond Rio’s “Already Gone.”  He is an electrician.  He wears a tool belt and gets dirty and sweaty all day; but do you know what?  He has a voice that will knock your socks off.  I fell so crazy hard in love that night that I didn’t even know which end was up.  Now, every time I mention that I like a new song, he learns it. Then, he sings it to me, while dancing me around our living room. Listening to these songs reminds me that I am incredibly blessed to be so incredibly loved.

Now, if you were scrolling through you would have inevitably stumbled across a category that fit with nothing else.  You would have probably scrolled quickly because you didn’t want to listen long.  Don’t worry, I understand.  Disturbed, Godsmack, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are not for everyone.  However, if you know me, you know that 98% of the time I try and be chipper.  I try and be sweet and loving and kind.  I try never to show my anger and I try to make everyone happy.  However, occasionally I want to be angry.  I want to do something that is not sweet and chipper or lovely.  I want to yell, and nothing else helps me do that like putting on “Indistructable” or “Down with the Sickness” at a volume level that, as my Grandma tells me, will make me go deaf, and for a moment I get to be someone other than me.

You’d find some other treats nestled in among those categories, but those ones are surely the most dominant.  Those are the ones that take me away.

So now I want to know, what music takes you away, and what is it about that particular music that does it to you?

7 thoughts on “Where Does Music Take You?

  1. Diamond Rio is “newer” country music?

    I have a broad taste in music, but I’m fairly particular as well. I like something from almost every genre of music, but only select pieces of music. I’m not sure I could begin to have favorites as each piece has it’s moments.

    The few artists that I have most of their albums and like most if not all of their music are AlterBridge, Cake, Jack Johnson, and Creed. But I like stuff from others like Norah Jones, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Bowling for Soup, David Crowder Band, Nirvana, Otis Redding, a couple songs by Jaco Pastorius, etc.

    I also enjoy some classical music. The kind where I put on my good earphones and close my eyes and listen to all the intricate layers of instruments. My favorite pieces are Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue, and Cello Suites, Thomas Schipper’s Adagio for Strings, and especially Ralph Vaughn Williams The Lark Ascending.

    There are also a couple songs which I’m not completely sure why I like, but enjoy. Such as “I’m so lonesome I could cry” by Hank Williams Sr., songs in the movie “Yes Man” by the band “Munchausen by Proxy”, and “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone. I don’t typically like much country, or funk/soul music, but those songs I like for some reason.

    I too have a few Marilyn Manson songs in my playlist which get played on rare occasions, mostly cover songs he did. They are best when I want really loud music, though that doesn’t happen very often these days.

    I also love some movie soundtracks. The Bourne series had some great techno/classical songs. Kingdom of Heaven had some great music with the Middle Eastern feel to it. The new Sherlock Holmes is a great soundtrack, fun, ominous, sounds old and new at the same time.

    • Andy you make a good point. ;) Diamond Rio is not exactly new per say. However, compared to the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers of my youth they seemed pretty hip to me. :) I think I started listening to them in my early 20′s.

      Thank you so much for sharing this music. I’m actually really excited to look some of it up and see where it takes me.

  2. Garth, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Reba, Wilson Phillips, Amy Grant = my mom’s Jeep Rodeo, her doublemint gum and her arcyllic nails. Sharing her coffee granita with her as we headed home.

    Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, and countless other jazz arrangements take me back to my childhood home. Let’s say it’s right after dinner on a wednesday night… my dad is in his music room playing his trumpet… i’m watching nickleodeon and these arrangements are in the background. i’m safe, my dad is only a hallway away. and in the back of my mind i’m learning pitch, i’m learning timing and arrangement. i’m learning the sounds that make up my dad’s soul.

    311 takes me back to being 16. to laying on my back on a sidewalk in edmonds. in the summer. shoulder to shoulder with my best friend. thinking everything was possible. when nothing at all had happened yet.

    Ten years from now Loscil, the National, Anberlin and Mindy Smith will take me back to when my daughter was 7. When me and her and my husband shared a tiny apartment and we laughed and dreamed and outside our windows the seasons changed.

    • Lauren I absolutely loved this journey. I love your writing. In a big way.

      Amy Grant/Doublemint = amazing. 311. Wow. THAT takes me back. I’m sad that I have none of that in my library. I plan on fixing this right away. Wilson Phillips – I have them on my ipod. Love the memories that come with their songs.

      Thank you. Your comment made me happy that this post happened.

  3. I smiled when you told me about your husband learning your favorite songs and dancing in the living room. I smiled for two reasons. One because I’m so happy for a friend who has such a loving and kind husband who would find so much joy in making his wife happy. Two because it reminded me of a rainy night in december. When life was chaotic and we barely had a home. We went walking in the rain and find a little french dive. Ate food over good wine and candlelight. Then my wonderful husband took me down to a peir on top of lake washington, place his iphone by my ear, took me up in his arms, and danced with me while singing along to james blunt. The same song he’d played in the car on the way to proposing to me.
    Music is filled with soul. It touches us in ways we don’t even know how to understand. I think somehow with each beat our heart makes, we are beating out the rhythm of our lives. Listening to a rhythm with our ears somehow connects our body to the place we are in, the people we are with, and weaves a yarn that will beat out for years to come.

    • Joy, your story is beautiful. Truly beautiful.

      Isn’t it amazing how a song and the arms of our husbands can make everything better?

      Last night, after kind of a rough day, I was cleaning the house with my ipod playing through our speakers. “I’m Already Gone” came on my ipod. Dave ran out, grabbed the things out of my hands and danced me around the living room and sang to me. My day melted away. It brought me back to that fifth date. The time when our love was new, and pure and uncluttered with bills and responsibility. I love how music can do that for me. The feeling is better than any drug out there.

      The rest of your comment is so incredibly wise. It made me think. I’m blessed to have you in my life. You bring an amazing perspective.
      Thank you.

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