song association

if you ever happen to walk into the store and i am melted into a puddle of tears on the floor, you will know it’s because the radio station just played adele’s “someone like you.” man, does that song and her voice ever tug at the heartstrings. honestly! when i hear the familiar melody start up, i am grateful for any distraction – were i to just focus on the words and music, i’d be a mess in a nanosecond. [haha, just linking the song, ^^ there was enough to lump up my throat!]

it’s saturday morning and the last thing i want is for you to have teary droplets freefalling into your coffee or onto your eggs, so let’s turn this vibe around!


listen to this song now!! yes, i know i’ve linked to it before…but it’s still my current favourite and i cannot tire of it!

*intermission over*

music is a subject everyone can relate to – we all have songs which evoke memories immediately upon hearing the opening notes. here are five (in no particular order) that have positive associations for me:

1. “welcome to the jungle” – guns n roses. ok, i lied, this is definitely my #1 pick for song associations that evoke the giggles. gina and i shared an apartment for four months, back when we were in university. we thought it would be super-hilarious to have this song as our message on our answering machine. i remember that it took us about two hours to record a twenty second clip, and we kept bursting out in fits of belly-deep laughter. [eta: i already talked about this association here! oops!]

2. “love and understanding” – cher. in september 2002, we drove out to colorodo and moab, utah. we took three days to get out there – it’s a 34-38 hour drive to get to this area of the u.s. after the three weeks vacation, we decided just to drive straight back, no stopping. i ended up with a night shift drive (although i am not a night owl, i do bizarrely get an energy rush in the middle of night, given the right circumstances). it was 3 a.m., we were speeding making great good time through middle-of-nowhere nebraska, and i had this cher song cranked to the max, and the window open. it was one of those life moments where you just feel F-R-E-E and glad to be alive.

3.”i want you” – savage garden. remember when rosie o’donnell had a morning talk show, back in the ’90’s? i watched her every day when i had the summer off, thanks to teaching. i used to laugh out loud at some of things that she would glom onto. this song was one of those fixations. she used to just repeat the part “chic a cherry cola” over and over. i know this does not sound remotely humourous in my retelling (and you’re sitting there going – hunh??), but rosie’s unscripted enthusiasm has stuck with me all these years.

4. “killing in the name” and “bullet in your head” – rage against the machine. boston marathon. chillin’ in the truck before the start. gettin’ in my zone. headphones on, walkman playing, volume cranked. i’m. gonna. take. down. this. course. watch out.

5. “right nowvan halen. the summer before my third year of university, mom & dad, the brother & his gf, me & my bf, all traveled down to marco island, florida, where we stayed in a penthouse condo that my dad was able to rent, thanks to a business contact. the unit had a mondo-huge tv that i think we had on from sun-up to sun-down, as this was a remarkable extravagance to us kids. mtv was not a channel we could get in canada, at the time (and muchmusic was a poor substitute) so we greatly enjoyed watching and listening to the songs and videos whenever we were in the condo. this van halen song became a running joke because every time we walked in the room, it would be playing. we were all big van halen fans so this made our day to hear this song so often. [the memory association got somewhat tainted when vh sold out and the song became part of a crystal clear pepsi commercial].

your turn! share a happy or emotional song + memory – your choice! back in black by ac/dc -> wedding reception dances!


november thankfulness:

(for friday november 18): yesterday i was thankful for the plethora of warm winter accessories that i have at my disposal. i have at least five toques and seven pairs of mitts of different thicknesses and styles. not everyone is so lucky at this chilly time of year.

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  • Zo  On November 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Whenever I hear “Nothing Compares 2U” by Sinead O’ Connor, it’s freshman year all over again. And I well up every time I watch the freaking video!

  • Gina Unger  On November 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Oh yes, we took a long time to record that outgoing message didn’t we?!? Such fun memories of that summer. Music evokes many memories for me. All kinds of songs by Chicago (You’re the Inspiration & Hard to Say I’m Sorry) immediately come to mind connected with my high school years and being madly in love with GUM! I think I have stronger song associations from my younger/single years than from now for whatever reason.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      ok this is funny – did you know that whenever i even HEAR of the group chicago, i think of you! also, u2/ the joshua tree album! ah, yes – GUM [our inside joke!]. that is a neat observation that you have more associations from way back as opposed to now…perhaps because the children’s favourites are played very often nowadays?!!

  • Stephanie  On November 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I love Adele. She has such a beautiful voice. Do you watch Glee? I loved their Adele mash-up this week. One of my happy memory songs is 500 Miles by The Proclaimers. My sister and I made up a kick-butt dance to that song. We may or may not have been in our 20s at the time.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

      I love glee!! I would love to hear that mashup. Maybe I can google it!
      I bet that dance with your sister was kick-ass!!

  • Johanna  On November 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

    One of my favourite, FAVOURITE happy songs right now? Party Rock Anthem. LOVE IT!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

      I KNOW!!! it’s the combination of adele’s voice, that haunting tune and the lyrics – a triple punch! too funny that you heard it as you were typing – what timing! party rock anthem -> YES!! another one i cannot tire of. i may just bop about in the car when i hear it if i’m driving! thanks for the link!! 🙂

  • Johanna  On November 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Oh my goodness, that song does it for me too, Cath. Tears me inside out (it’s playing on my radio RIGHT NOW, for goodness sake). Just kicks up so many emotions – you’re not alone in this. She has the gift, Adele does. *sniff*

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