The Mark of Three Tunes

I’m sure we all have songs that mark moments of our lives. I guess I’m still missing. When I think back these are a few of the songs that tend to be the ones that mark moments along my journey. There are several more. These three though left an everlasting mark.

In highschool I had this group of friends. We were almost always together. It almost seemed like it would never end. I don’t think we ever thought it would, or maybe we did I’m not sure. Every time I hear this song I think of them fondly. I’m still in touch with most of them, but we rarely actually see each other anymore. I ran across some old photographs the other day, and it was almost as good as watching old videos. I laughed and cried as I showed them to my husband and roommate. So many good memories. A few of the group have passed away, two of them killed in a car wreck, one recently died from a long-term illness. Time changes us all, but I will carry those guys with me in my heart for the rest of my life and I will remember them every time I hear this song.

I spent many nights of my teen years in the back of my ex boyfriend’s truck. Before you start getting dirty thoughts about that statement, most of that time wasn’t spent having sex! Most of it was spent surrounded by our friends, laughing, stargazing, and talking about the future. We had the world at our fingertips. The country was an interesting place to be a teenager. We didn’t have the same entertainment options that city kids had, so we found our own entertainment. We went fishing, had impromptu picnics on the side of a winding dirt road out in the country, or a party in someone’s field because it was a Friday night and we could. There was this swimming hole called the Mill Pond we all hung out at as well.  Life was good. Dirt roads still make me smile. I did a lot of growing up on them. I fell in love on one, I also got my heart-broken on one. A lot of lessons were learned and a lot of memories were made on them. (For my readers in the UK where who have can’t view the video I added a spotify track so you can hear the song)

This song, it marked the end of my childhood. I was 20. I had been living with my husband for a few weeks. I can’t say that my transition to living with him was exactly how we had planned it. In fact I ended up moving in with him a few months earlier than I had anticipated doing so and it happened at a time where there was a rift in my family. We were at odds with one another. Things are wonderful now. They love my husband and we have patched that rift. The first time I heard this song it was on NPR, my husband and I were in Atlanta Georgia on a weekend trip to get away. We were driving around and as soon as we heard the segment on the song and the band we located a music store, stopped and purchased the CD. It is still one of my favorite memories of the early part of our relationship. Though the song wasn’t a happy song, the moment that it represents was one where I knew my husband and I were meant to be. I already did, from the moment we met face to face for the first time, but this was one of those moments that sealed the deal.

 

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11 thoughts on “The Mark of Three Tunes

  1. Wonderful diversity in your songs. Truly enjoyed seeing the video for the first one, as it’s nothing like I imagined–my personal fav of your three. Great stories with the other two. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into what made you you. 🙂

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    1. Nance, I admit I have an eclectic taste in music. It’s all over the place! I enjoyed sharing these glimpses. They are all from vaguely the same time frame they encompass my mid to late teens to my early adulthood. Granted that doesn’t necessarily mean they are from that time frame. The second song didn’t come out until much later but those are the memories it triggers when I hear it.

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      1. Excellent. I’m very eclectic too, from music, to home furnishings, to jewelry… I LOVE being unique. 🙂 Hope you do too.

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      2. I do! I’ve never been one to get caught up in trends or fashions. I tend to do my own thing and if other’s think it’s cool, awesome if not, that’s awesome too. haha. 🙂

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  2. I absolutely loved reading this post, Nicole. I could have almost been there with you in the glimpses of the past you told us about. I love the first song. Never heard it before and it almost had me in tears with the story you told us about why it was one of your favourite songs. I’m not a huge music lover myself, but have found it helps me to write. For some reason my mind really wanders when I have something playing on iTunes in the background while my fingers tap away at the keyboard.

    I was not able to play the second tune. A message came up saying “The uploaded has not made this video available in your country”. Ahh, the good old UK huh?

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  3. I absolutely loved reading this post, Nicole. I could have almost been there with you in the glimpses of the past you told us about. I loved the first song. Never heard it before and it almost had me in tears with the story you told us about why it was one of your favourite songs. I’m not a huge music lover myself, but have found it helps me to write. For some reason my mind really wanders when I have something playing on iTunes in the background while my fingers tap away at the keyboard.

    I was not able to play the second tune. A message came up saying “The uploaded has not made this video available in your country”. Ahh, the good old UK huh?

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    1. Hugh,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I had fun reminiscing while writing it. I’ve been a little homesick this week so the last two writing challenges have given me a chance to revisit some of the things I have been missing. Music has always been a way I can connect with my emotions and let them out, at time too well. I also find it helps me with my writing so I often find a station on spotify to match my mood and just let it flow. I’ve found some great new music that way. That first song was also our senior song. So it holds a lot of memories for me. Glad I could take you on a little trip down memory lane with me. 🙂
      I added a link to the second song on spotify so hopefully it can be heard through there. It’s a country song. Wonder why it’s not released via YouTube in the UK…that’s weird. I had no idea things were limited there. haha Lovely. Let me know if you can hear it through that link please. 🙂

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  4. Hi Nicole, unfortunately I don’t have Spotify – I’m probably one of the very few people who have not downloaded it yet, but I did manage to find another version on YouTube which worked (link is below).

    I’m very much an iTunes man I’m afraid, so any music I play comes through there. I’ve downloaded quite a few CD’s on ITunes and tend to stick with those. I’m very hard to crack when it comes to downloading new music unless I really like it (and believe me, I really do have to like it).

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    1. Okay thanks for the link. Oh and spotify can be streamed through a web browser tab as well. That’s usually what I do when I’m setting at my computer. 🙂 but I understand preferences. If you ever decide to check it out though it’s pretty cool and free. Well there is a paid version but the free version is awesome too. You will encounter ads but much less than one does on pandora. Haha. (Not a fan of pandora) plus you have the option of listening to other peoples play lists and picking music by moods. Genius. 🙂 🙂 hope you are having a great Friday!

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