As I was driving to work Monday, I heard a song from my misspent youth. It conjured a memory picture – the face of someone I once knew who left too soon. I changed the station, because the memory was not a terrific one. The idea remained, and for several minutes I thought about how many memories, good and bad, are tied to particular songs.
So this morning, I thought we could share our musical memories. I’m going to share a bittersweet time in my high school days.
It was the one time in my life I remember being in the awkward position of dating someone I really liked and having a great time, and then meeting someone I wanted to date even more. Sharon lived a couple towns over; we had met at a performance competition where we were on our schools’ respective teams. We’d been dating a little over six months when I saw Denise. She was local, a couple years behind me at my high school. She went to the same church as my family, and I literally could not take my eyes off her.
Unfortunately she had a boyfriend. But I had a girlfriend.
As it happened, the prom at my school fell on the same day as Sharon’s. How convenient!
Until Denise broke up with her boyfriend…
I didn’t know why they broke up, and I didn’t care. All I knew was that a tiny window had opened, and I went for it. I don’t remember if it was the same day I found out about it or the day after, but it wasn’t longer than that. Suddenly I had dates for two proms in two towns on the same night.
I had to break up with Sharon. Who I really liked, who was really fun and who really liked to dance, whose only drawback was that she wasn’t Denise.
I felt like an utter jerk for about a week. Because that’s what I was.
Denise and I were steady for 18 months until she tore my heart out, stamped it into little pieces and set what was left on fire.
And she never danced like Sharon and I did, to one of these songs.
I have told many lies about myself in service to anonymity. This is not one. But only one of the songs below has significance to me, because Sharon and I burned the floor whenever it came on.
So, if you have a song that
- Reminds you of your dad or your daughter,
- Was playing when you proposed to your wife,
- Was on the car radio when you lost your virginity in the backseat,
- Was the favorite of your sister who died of cancer,
- Was your wedding song,
- Or whatever special moment you get pulled back to…
Please post it and share your memory in the comments. And if you want to lie, make it a good one!