Music + Memories

August 20, 2012
Music has a profound effect on me.

It wasn't until recently that I started thinking about all of the memories that surround music and certain songs. There are a few songs that I have thought about or heard in the past few months that have really brought out some memories from my past:

When I was younger, my family would go and visit my Mom's cousins that lived on a farm a few hours outside of the city. We would ride horses, and walk to the little grocery store to get Coke in glass bottles and Fizz candies. These visits are among my favourite memories of growing up. Joy Ride by Roxette is a song that makes me remember this time in my life because my cousin would always play it in his truck while we would drive around their fields of wheat looking for adventures.

I was in high school the first time that I heard Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman sing the song Time to Say Goodbye. I fell in love with it immediately. A friend of mine that took dance classes would invite me to her recital every year, but I was always unable to go. I was finally able to make it to one, and they did a beautiful ballet dance for their teacher's father -- he had recently passed away -- and it was to that song. I have never forgotten that dance, and think of it every time that I listen to the song.

I used to listen to Atlantic Ocean Waterfall on my Disc-Man -- yes, a Disc-Man -- while reading the book Throne of Isis. Whenever I listen to that song, I think about all of the parts in the book where they were sailing on their massive ships. I often play this song in my head, and think of the book while I'm doing it.

What song always brings back memories for you?

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