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!