Friday, August 8, 2008


Okay, I'm back to music again. To me music is memories. And I must be in a nostalgic mood. My music runs the gamut from "Little Joe the Wrangler" by Marty Robbins that my dad sings occasionally to "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top that always reminds me of my friend Tammy's husband. David was a drill stem tester in the oil field, so he kept some odd hours. Quite often when I was at their house in the middle of the day, he would be in his pajamas. I can still see him prancing and preening when this song would come on. If not for this I probably wouldn't remember that he had a pair of plain blue and plain maroon pajamas. I miss them. Tammy & David, not the pajamas!! They live in Wyoming now.
"Build me up Buttercup" by the Temptations is probably one of the first songs I remember from my childhood that was popular. I associate it with fifth grade, I think?
"Cajun Moon" by Ricky Skaggs always reminds me of The Maverick, after work with coworkers. I wasn't much of a drinker but did enjoy going out. One night I remember Chuck, my officemate went with us. He usually didn't but he'd been through an extremely tough period and must of decided he needed to let loose. Who knew that he could dance! I remember dancing to that song with him and it was so much fun. I rarely saw that side of him.
And I can never hear "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits without pictuing the Water Hole. I hung out there with Tammy and David quite often. It was truly a dive but so much fun. I'm sure that song must of been on the jukebox there. The song "That's All" by Genisis also reminds me of them. I spent so much time with their family.
Right now I'm listening to "Heart and Soul" by Heuy Lewis and the News. Sometimes we'd leave the bar early and end up at Maggie & Gregg's house. She was our city editor and usually the first one to round up the gang to go out after work. They had just bought a CD player and this was one of their first CDs. No one else could afford these back then. But I remember we'd dance around the living room to this song. Glad no one was peeking in the windows. I don't think we danced very good!!
"I'll Fly Away" is a great old hymn that I want sung at my funeral. I'm not being morbid. I think it's a very uplifting song. Speaking of music at funerals, we sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at my mom's funeral. I bet it was over ten years before I could hear that song without crying. Of course it seemed like we sang it in church around July 4th every year. I felt really silly sobbing into my hymnal. I even heard The Chipmunks sing it and that even made me cry. Oddly though, we had the pianist play "Mockingbird Hill" at the end of the service as we all filed out. Hearing that song fills me with joy as if I'm closer to my mother. Completely different reaction to two different songs.
"Sadie Hawkins Dance" by Reliant K reminds me of Jess & I going to Laura's last May. She had it on her iPod and I decided I really liked the song.
Of course "Walking in LA" by Missing Persons makes me think of our trips to LA for medical care. "Living in Beverly Hills" by ????? also makes me think of those trips.
I think I could revisit my whole life through music. I'll have to revisit this topic.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

"Beverly Hills" by Weezer.

There's all those songs for all of your co-workers too. You know, I don't think you have a song for Rachel, do they get songs once they quit? Well, I doubt that you'll have a song for her really since you don't exactly work side-by-side with her and listen to the same music all day.