Now that my ipod mini is almost permanently attached to me I have been noticing this more and more, but it seems like certain songs become attached to certain aspects of my life and they remind me of where I was and what I was doing as I hear them again. Am I the only one for whom this is true?
I’m not talking about big stuff like “So Hard to Say Goodbye” makes me think of prom. It is smaller things like when I hear Tiffany’s “Hold an Old Friend’s Hand” I think of the Lord of the Rings because I bought that CD at the same time that I was rereading trilogy and it sort of stayed in my CD player on a loop while I read. How is that for crazy?
But even that is too exact. If I am listening to a song and trying to learn it to sing with our praise band I will associate that song with where I was driving or what I was doing while trying to learn it. We have a new song from Spin that is “All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises” and every time I hear it played (not sing it thankfully) I think about Wal-Mart because I was listening to it as I was wandering through the store.
It isn’t just songs that do this either. When I picked back up the Harry Potter tapes to listen to The Order of the Phoenix a second time I found myself thinking about where I was when I heard it the first time. So when Harry and the gang are flying to the Ministry of Magic I am thinking about driving down Randolph Street looking for the copy place.
I don’t think I am the only person who does this, but I could be wrong. I don’t really listen to music as much as I listen to audio books, talk radio, and podcasts so you music lovers out there may have much more.
I bring this up because I was walking out here at the park and a particularly slow, mellow song was playing and the sun was hitting the water just right and a duck had just gotten out of the water and you could still see the path of its trip across the cove like someone had carved it with a knife and I was thinking that it all looked like such a movie type moment. Of course it could just be the result of another absolutely beautiful fall day here in the South.