Musical Memories on a Sunday Night

I always start with good intentions but about an hour into it I get way off course. Cleaning my room seems to be a constant chore no how many times in the week I do it. The main problem is that I stop and look at everything whether it’s trash or treasure. Too often I begin to move slower and slower in the process while I sit and reminisce of fond memories. Last night while I was cleaning I began to hum a song I hadn’t heard in ages. I searched my archives of mp3’s for the song, but I couldn’t find it. Instead I found 100’s of mp3’s that haven’t penetrated my ears in many moons. Craving some background music I highlighted a bunch and began cleaning.

I had one of the most productive cleaning sessions last night. Instead of reminiscing over the things in my room, the songs took my mind back in time to things I had nearly forgot. Listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Under the Bridge’ brought me back to the 8th grade and how bad I wanted to learn the guitar so I could play that opening riff. The Beatles ‘Birthday’ reminded me how I used to play that song nearly every morning while preparing for my Freshman year of H.S. ‘Guitar’ by Cake totally brought me back to the time that Hawaii Jake and I acted/danced out the entire Fashion Nugget album in front of his wife. I don’t think we were even drunk, I do remember we were tired and sweaty when we were done. The flood of notes produced by Joe Satriani’s ‘Satch Boogie’ gave me the glimpse of what it was like to be 16 again, in my room with Guitar Jake as we listened in awe at Satriani’s undeniable accuracy, hoping one day we could be like him. I think Jake is a lot closer than I. As Joni Mitchell’s ‘California’ pierced from the speakers I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten the weeks Nicole and I spent practicing that song together, in preparation for……nothing really, but it sure was fun practicing and dreaming of playing at Saturday Market, now it’s been years since I’ve heard from her. The somberness was shattered with Metallica’s rendition of ‘Whiskey in a Jar’ and my mind’s eye saw Aaron and I speeding down the road doing stupid stuff in our cars while head banging to that song. I’m glad we lived to tell about it.

During The Cure’s ‘The Love Cats’ and their funky bassline I recalled how I first heard that song performed byNormal Jean’s family band ‘Wallace’. They rocked and I was hooked. It was too bad I didn’t have a bitchin’ sound system like Tony did/does (I don’t know if he still has the hookup) when I heard TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’. He had speakers that would hit so hard your heart would stop, fortunately they were also strong enough to reanimate your lifeless pump with the next downbeat. When Ween’s ‘Buenas Tardes’ came on all I could think of was Phil because he’s the only person I know that likes them, and he used to have a keychain with their symbol on it. Ween’s design has pointy edges around it, so the keychain easily poked through Phils jean pockets and thus he would always make me hold his keys. Super annoying.

It turned into a great night for cleaning and reminiscing, I was sad that I didn’t have the soundtrack to Star Wars or Back to the Future to remind me of Dave, so my non-musical memories of him will have to do. We all know this about the brain but the experience reminded me of how powerful our minds are! It’s crazy how many times smells and tastes will come to me when I hear a certain song, sometimes it’s the taste of acid reflux if the song is crappy, but other times it’s quite pleasant. I can’t wait for my next cleaning night.


  1. Phil said,

    June 4, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    What about andy’s rendition of Whiskey in the jar!? At least I didn’t make you hold my man purse (which I do not have)

  2. Micah said,

    June 4, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    Andy is big on Metallica’s ‘Turn the Page’

  3. Phil said,

    June 4, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

    Good point, I’ve seen him do air guitar to whiskey in the jar-OOOOO! i swear.

  4. mego said,

    June 5, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    yes, music is powerful. i just listened to this ella fitzgerald cd that liz and i listened to over and over again, when we were moving into our apartment for the first time.
    maybe you should listen to music more, so you can get lots of cleaning done. ;)

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