Song – Memory Associations

It’s crazy the power music has to recreate memories. I went snowboarding for the first time today and on the long drive home from Tahoe, we listened to a bunch of tunes.  Some were old and some new, but what really interested me was the ability of certain songs to trigger vivid memories. Some were insignificant, but others actually brought me back to good times that had been buried in the back of my mind and forgotten. It was nice reminiscing.

Here are just a few that I came across:

Fix You (Aylen Remix): This song brings me back to my last longboard session of freshman year. My UCLA mains and I had decided to go to our favorite parking structure to have one last longboard session before the school year ended, basically like one last bonding session before we all headed home. I remember drinking beers, boarding, talking, and just enjoying each other’s company. It was probably the first time I actually had a real conversation with Nathan and Julian, and this was when Julian showed me this cool remix. This was also the night I had to pee in the bushes twice. Damn beers.

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Cameras – Wiz Khalifa: This is only one of the many songs that continues to remind me of my amazing summer after junior year of high school. That summer, I got really close one of my friends and this was one of the  songs that was on our “summer playlist”. Sadly, I drifted from this friend and we no longer talk anymore. She was the one that took me to my first parties, introduced me to her friends (one of which I had a small summer fling with), and basically taught me how to be carefree and how to have fun. I still miss this friend a lot, and I wonder if it is too late to try to rekindle the friendship.

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Armistice (RAC Remix) / Something Good Can Work (RAC Remix): Both of these songs remind me of the same SF trip I made with one of my very close guy friends. I remember the trip originally being 3-4 people, but because the others bailed it only came down to us two. Even though he is one of my closest friends, we rarely hang out 1 on 1 so it was nice having this rarity in my memory. That trip marked the beginning of a tradition of going to Haight Street and buying toys at the Kidrobot store. I don’t even know if he remembers that it was us two that started this tradition, but it has now spread to the rest of the group. We actually haven’t paid Haight Street a visit in awhile. Maybe I’ll suggest it for our next group hang out.

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Only the Beginning – 5 & A Dime: This song played during the drive home from the last SF trip before my core friends and I all went our separate ways to college. That day we went to a certain hotspot in SF that I don’t remember the name of, to watch the sunset. Although we were freezing our asses off, it was so beautiful. Afterwards, we went to a random sushi joint that was a little pricey, but delicious. I still remember the extremely chill environment inside the car as this song played. We were driving along an almost empty freeway and none of us were talking. It was as if we all knew words were not necessary; we were all just enjoying each others company. I love how appropriate the name of this song is too. All of us were going our separate ways to college, and it was definitely “only the beginning” of the rest of our lives.

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Surrender – Billy Talent: This particular song actually didn’t play today, but this is one of those funny memory triggers, and it seems only appropriate to include it in this reminiscing type post. This song was introduced to me back in… probably 6th grade, by one of my closest guy friends. I believe we were talking on AIM one afternoon, and he told me to check this song out. I remember being so convinced that he was trying to send me a message through this song’s lyrics because back then, I had the BIGGEST crush on him. I don’t even think he knows to this day!

She reads a book from across the street
Waiting for someone she’ll never meet

 Even though I know what I’m lookin’ for,
She’s got a brick wall behind her door.
I’d travel time and confess to her,
But I’m afraid she’d shoot the messenger.

You see, he used to live just down the street from me, so I fixated on these few lines of the song. I was too pussy to ever ask him about it thought. Whatever, it makes for a funny memory now!

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