While driving home from a weekend away we were flipping through radio stations and found ourselves listening to Art Laboe and all his killer oldies. A very familiar melody started and before Stevie B could sing "I got your letter from the post man just the other day" I was immedially taken back to the 7th grade Valentine's day dance. I had half my permed hair up in a scrunchie. I was wearing white jeans and a white shirt with pink hearts. The cafeteria had been decorated for the lunch time dance and I was in the middle of the dance floor with my arms around Matthew Coulthard's neck and we were swaying back and forth. I remembered how he awkwardly tried to put his arms around my waist but he had a cast on his left arm. I remembered how much I wanted to put my head on his shoulder but was too scared to make the move and close the foot of distance between us. I had no idea that I could remember that memory so vividly until that song came on.
Recently Irene wrote about her love for Spotify and the power of music. I completely agree. I have always loved the term "heart song". It's when a certain song has left a special place in your heart. A song that can transport you back to a specific place and time. They have a powerful impact when you hear them and they can make you laugh, smile or cry. I grew up with a Dad who was a musician so music was a constant in my life. I have heart songs that go back to being 4 years old and singing Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" with my Dad. And the song "Ohio is for Lovers" by Hawthorne Heights brings back such vivid memories of being in labor that the spot where I got my epidural aches.
What are your heart songs?
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