The Friday Five

Maybe it's my artistic side, but since my early teens my life seems to have a soundtrack running behind it all the time. Sometimes a song will pop into my head, and I'll wonder where it came from. . . then I mentally run through the lyrics, and some line is very relevant to what's going on at the time.

The other night, when I posted last, I was feeling so down that I needed to hear something, but I didn't know what. I started digging through my tapes (my scores of tapes that date back to college), and I pulled out one I had not listened to in a long time. I'd copied most of the songs from these two CD's belonging to a friend. Really somber stuff. I used to walk by myself on campus with my Walkman and this tape, often. Sad songs for sad times, I guess, and I've been fortunate enough not to have needed to listen to the tape for years now. But the thought of losing my writing the other night was incredibly disheartening. That sad tape was just the resonance I needed. And somehow, maybe it was the tape, maybe it was something else, eventually the fog started to lift, and things started turning around. When I got up the next morning, I felt as if a switch had been flipped. Thank God.

I think I'll always have songs that just evoke certain things in me. I'm sure just about everybody can name some song that they associate with a particular memory or feeling or person. Here are five songs that have personal meanings for me:

1. "Into the Mystic" (Van Morrison): The wedding party for my brother's wedding had to dance to this song. I was dancing with my brother's very tall college buddy who had been my escort down the aisle at church.

2. "Three Coins in the Fountain" (Frank Sinatra): Probably one of the most romantic moments in my life. Things with the Ex weren't all bad; just not completely right.

3. "Move Along" (All-American Rejects): A song I listened to, over and over in the car, to help me get over the Ex. It helped.

4. "Interstate Love Song" (Stone Temple Pilots): My brother, speeding down 95, driving both of us to college. Singing together.

5. "Oh Carolina" (Shaggy): My sister. . . too young to think anything of the lyrics, but bouncing around to the beat.

Try digging up an old song this weekend, for a good memory.


Dave E. said…
I'll have to think about the music thing.

Hopefully your Mac issue is just a power supply. I don't know how it goes for Macs, but on the PC side a normal power supply goes for $25-$50 and it takes all of about 5 minutes to crack the case and replace if you know what you are doing. If that's it make sure they replace it with the same wattage as you had if everything was working right before. Don't let them sell you a cheaper but lower wattage. At the same time, don't buy into a higher wattage and more expensive one if everything was fine before.
Kate P said…
Yeah, he said it could be about 30 min but you make a very good point. That is why I think I'm leaning towards either putting the hard drive into a newer computer or having him set up an external/firewire drive for the newer computer. This computer is so old that Lord only knows what's going to go next, and I don't think I can deal with that repeatedly. The idea of having a warranty is very appealing, and this buys me some time to figure out how I really want to write and maintain my writing.

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