Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The month is almost over. I can do this.

Today's challenge: Five songs (I'm only doing four) or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories.

I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers. C made a CD with a bunch of "his" music on it, and a few years ago we listened to this CD and song a lot. It specifically reminds me of our long drives to and from NJ the spring before S was born. We would spend those hours talking about what we thought parenthood would be like (answer: indescribably amazing) what our future baby would be like (answer: wild, wonderful and at times, heartbreaking-ly sweet) and what we had learned from other parents we knew. It was the last of our time of just us. I look back fondly at that special time full of anticipation.

Every song on Jack Johnson's album In Between Dreams. I listened to all the songs in that album over and over and over in the fall/winter that I met C. I cannot listen to those songs now without falling in love with him all over again. I remember walking to class while listening to Banana Pancakes and wishing so badly that someday we would wake up together on a sunny Saturday and make banana pancakes together. 

Buddy Holly by Weezer. Oh, how I love/d The Blue Album. This song, the album, the band remind me of one of my very best friends, Rita. A boy we liked introduced us to Weezer and were instantly hooked. We would listen to the album whenever we were together (which was basically ALL the time) and I remember us being silly young freshmen in high school belting out the chorus. We knew all the words to all the songs. And we really got into it. Big time. It was a time where we were stepping into this big place called high school and a whole new world opened up. I would have been lost without her. And although Rivers no longer gives me shivers (hope you read this, Ritata) I will always have a special place in my heart for Buddy Holly.

The next song doesn't have a name (that I know of.) Let's call it El Patito, which means "the little duck." My mom used to sing this to me every night when I was little. There were about five or six songs we would always sing together, and this was one of them. It's a simple short song that talks about a little duck who sang all the way to the store. This song is special to me for a couple reasons. First, it reminds me of my mom, and our special time together before bedtime. Secondly, it's a song we sing to our babies. And I love that we call our little guy Pato, so the song is kind of about him, too :)

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