Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Songs That Take You Back to a Specific Day
There are only a few songs that take me back to a specific moment in my life. All of them were in my teen years.
Fingertips, Stevie Wonder-I guess I was fourteen. I was over a friend's house and we turned on American Bandstand prepared to dance, prepared to see if Carmen was still dancing with her boyfriend on the show. Fingertips came on. You couldn't dance to it. We stood frozen. We had never heard anything like it, nothing that long, nothing from a kid younger than us. The repetition of goodbyes at the end wiped us out. We were ecstatic. Exhilaration.
She Loves You. The Beatles. It was probably a year or so later. My dad has just got a new car. A Pontiac Le Mans, I think. Gold. We went out for a ride. He switched the radio on and there were THE BEATLES, singing She Loves You. My brother and I shared that moment. Discovering something entirely new. I don't think anyone not around then can imagine how different their sound was from Motown and Bubblegum Rock. Change.
Where Did Our Love Go? The Supremes. I am sixteen and miraculously I had persuaded my mother to let me spend the summer in New Hope, PA working at a restaurant called The Crystal Palace. I am rooming with my best friend. I am so free--I will never be that free again.
I am sitting in my room, each wall painted a different color--perfect for teenage girls. I look out the window and a car is coming down the street--a convertible--and Where Did Our Love Go is blasting from the radio. Chills. Freedom.
These are the songs I will always locate on a specific day and with a specific feeling. What are yours?