Over the weekend, the Daily Post prompt was to blog regarding a journey you have taken. Whenever someone asks about a journey, I think of the movie/album Rattle and Hum by U2. There is a section where the band was interviewed about what had changed from The Joshua Tree to this tour. After much hemming and hawing by all, Larry Mullen, Jr. says “It’s been a musical journey” and then repeats “It’s a musical journey” Then they all crack up and taping stops.
So when I saw the prompt for a journey coupled with the recent posts I have written regarding how music is the backdrop of my life, I had to start today with that quote. Because it is a musical journey even if I am not musical myself. Specific songs take me to a time and place in my life. Back on the Chain Gang by the Pretenders takes me to the bedroom of my high school years – I can smell the quilt, I remember reading on that quilt and hearing that song on the radio. Garth Brooks Friends in Low Places takes me to the summer after I graduated from college and specifically when Bill died. Bill was the Husband’s best friend. They were renting a house together and I practically lived with them. But after he died, the house was full of friends, all of us in shock, alternately staring into space and crying. No one talking, but Friends in Low Places on replay in the CD player. I still can’t listen to that song.
The Husband and I danced at our wedding to True Companion by Marc Cohn long before it was in whatever movie it was that made it popular. That song and my love for my husband are inextricable. Marcy Playground’s Sex and Candy was in constant play on VH1 in the middle of the night when I was pregnant with and then feeding the Boy and nothing was on TV. Bad Things by Jace Everett is the theme song from True Blood. While I didn’t like that show, I loved the theme song. The husband would watch it and I would stay awake through the opening segment to hear the song, sleep through the show, and wake up to hear the song again at the closing segment of the show.
These are just some of the songs that make up the soundtrack of my life. There are so many more that are tied to moments in time. Right now, my girls get in the car and change the radio from the ‘Classic Rock’ to ‘Pop’. I hate Pop. But I know that in the future Katy Perry will be in the soundtrack for them at this age. And for early childhood – the Doors and the Grateful Dead feature prominently. My life is, and always will be, a musical journey.
And now for some art for you. This is a small oil pastel I did a couple weeks ago. I rather like it.