Monday, August 07, 2006

Memories Old and New

Somewhat of a surreal experience I had tonight, sitting in a yogurt shop on this warm summer evening sharing a cool treat with my 28 year old daughter and 18 month old grandson. (Well, certainly that part is not weird.)

Then the oldies station started playing "All Right Now" , a 1970 hit by the British band Free--a make-out song from the days when I was dating the father/grandfather of these two, now that was surreal. Especially when this summer is the 25th anniversary of our splitting up. Where does the time go?

Next came Phil Collins and my daughter reminisced about driving to the coast as a young child listening to his tapes on the stereo with her brother and I.

I think that is why I love music so much, even though I couldn't play an instrument if my life depended on it and people have threatened to pay me not to sing "Happy Birthday" to them. Music brings back memories of where we were and what we were doing way back when, even if our conscious mind forgets.

And after all, the memories are our biographies, are they not?


Susan said...

There are some pieces of music which bring back entire scenes, and sometimes it's a scent that floats by and suddenly I'm somewhere else.

Anonymous said...


You are so right! I love music and can be brought to tears by just the right song reminding me of just THAT moment. Sigh......

Kathy B

Lynne said...

Next to aromas I think music has the greatest power to bring the past back to us.
And we did have the BEST music, didn't we?