Thursday, July 9, 2015

When You Hear a Song, What Memories Come to Your Mind?

How often do you hear a song that triggers a memory of something from your past? Sometimes the memory may be good and sometimes not so good.  You may remember your first kiss or your first heartbreak   But every time you hear the song, you think of the person you were with that made it special or...not so much.

I love Rock 'n Roll.  I love Black Gospel.  I love the Blues.  Most other music I can do without, but that's just me.  We are all different just as the music with memory triggers are unique to us.   I grew up in Mo Town U S A - Detroit, Michigan.  Need I say more?

Growing up in the fifties with strict parents, I was not allowed to listen to the trending music.  I bought a transistor radio for $1 and would hide in my clothes closet and listen to the songs with the radio next to my ear.  Listening to Chubby Checker and doing the Twist was not an easy feat in my closet.

After graduation, I loved the Sonny and Cher show.  The guy I was dating called me "Babe." The show is long gone, but the memory is triggered when I hear:

After marrying and going through a divorce, I used to listen to this song often -- with my girlfriends.  This came out in 1968 and I just heard it on the radio yesterday; the memories came flooding back.

Along with.........

It has been said by many historians of popular music, that the summer of 1965 was a crucial dividing line:  the moment rock 'n roll grew up and became rock music.  

There is plenty of evidence to support the claim including the emergence of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  "I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)" hit number 1 on the Billboard's single chart on July 10, 1965 - 50 years ago this week.    

And many others such as "Old Time Rock n Roll:"

While pregnant with our daughter, my husband played this song over and over and over and we still do when we are in the mood -- "Mustang Sally."  Rochelle was born a dancer and hubby is convinced it was all the music she heard in utero.  

We don't play music as background - it is foreground. When I am driving I expect to get a back massage from my car seat - or it isn't loud enough.

But the one song that always makes me cry is dedicated to my 

precious little girl, Rochelle - mommy to my grandchildren.

What memories are triggered when you hear certain songs?  Please share.  

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.  For this blogging challenge I was asked to share the songs that triggered memoies from my past.  

My subject was submitted by my friend and fellow blogger Karen of  

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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