I’ve decided I like living in a temperate climate. Wait for it, this will have a meaning. It’s sunny today after a series of rainy days which is throwing me into that weird springtime headspace where everything and nothing both seem possible. Which is better than the winter headspace of total sluggishness where nothing matters, but not as good as the mid-summer headspace of being mildly irritable or the fall headspace of being filled with optimism. Anyway, I was thinking about how some people live in places where their headspace and the weather doesn’t wildly change every 4 months, and I think I wouldn’t like that. It’s good for me to get all shaken out of my mind space every few months, even if it makes me feel bad some of the time. And today, it didn’t make me feel bad, just weird, as I kept being thrown back in time by the music playing on my ipod while I drove to work. I can’t be the only one who gets musically created Deja Vu, right?
Here are some of the songs that popped up on shuffle this morning and brought their memories with them.
I’m 19 years old and visiting my college best friend at her parents’ house for the weekend for the first time. I’m sitting on the floor with her and her little sister and her Mom is making us pizza in the kitchen. We are watching a movie they rented from the little Indian grocery store they go to, it just came out on DVD and it is the hot film, the store owner hid a copy behind the counter for us because her family comes in every Friday. It is my 4th Shahrukh Khan movie ever, and I am swept away and can’t wait to find out how it ends. It must end happily, right? Somehow?
3 years ago, my sister and I have just driven out of the Chicago urban area to go on a weeklong road trip ending in Memphis (we’ve never seen Graceland). As we pull onto a little back road between corn fields, the sun breaks through the clouds and a rainbow appears, and this song pops up on shuffle.
I’m a senior in college, living on my own in apartment style dorms, moving around my tiny kitchen making lasagna for the first time while the cd I just bought plays in the boombox sitting on top of the fridge and I feel very grown-up and like my whole life is figured out.
What are your memories? What songs suddenly throw you back in time? (doesn’t have to be Indian, but doesn’t not have to be Indian either)