There are different triggers we have that cause particular memories to come about. At work there is a friend of mine that shares his Mp3’s with me. Every so often I go in to see if he’s added anything new. Sometimes when there isn’t anything new I dip into the older stuff. This happened on Monday when I decided to listen to Prince. Here are the memories it brought back.
It was 1994, I was twelve years old. I was still a few years away from being drawn in by the likes of James Hetfield, Jonathan Davis, Fred Durst, and [gag] Scott Stapp. For those of you that don’t know, Scott
Stapp Choke is the American equivalent of the Canadian treasure, Chad Kroeger Suck. (I believe this is how Le Clown so lovingly refers to him, Chad that is.) I was still pretty innocent, especially since I was attending the local Catholic Grade School at the time. Before this time, I was accustomed to listening to Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel and other oldies and 80’s mainstays. It wasn’t until this summer that I realized that people actually made music, now – not just in the past. I sure was a smart one.
This summer was the first one that Bruddah and me had a babysitter. Muddah and Faddah had just recently been divorced, so she had to go to work. Another difference with Faddah not living with us anymore is we got to pick some of the shows we watched. Not that I didn’t like what Faddah watched, but he could be a bit of a remote Nazi at times. Our babysitter for that summer ended up being my little league baseball coach’s daughter. She was in between sixteen and seventeen, heading into her Junior year of high school. From what I remember she was pretty cute too. Heck, she was a high schooler, she was cool, and she new music.
This was the time when Pop-Up video wasn’t retro, I love the 90’s wasn’t thought of – heck, I don’t think I love the 80’s was even thought of yet – and the VH1 top ten count down just started. Some of the hits of the time included Informer (Snow), I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers), and I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston). On the horizon were some of my favorites, Roll to Me (Del Amitri), All For You (Sister Hazel), and Let Her Cry (Hootie & the Blowfish). All of these were/are very good songs, but there are three that I can distinctly remember from that summer.
As I’m sure you all know that a 16-17 year old girl will always have a favorite song, of the moment. If it were to come on everyone would have to quiet down, whether in the car or at the house. This song for our babysitter was Stay (I Missed You) by Lisa Loeb. This song ended up being used on the movie Reality Bites, because she happened to be neighbors with Ethan Hawke. It went on to be a number one hit, making her the only artist to go to number one before being signed by a major record label. I liked her enough. This may be where I developed my love for a girl in glasses.
Another song that just dug itself into my ears was The Most Beautiful Girl in the World by Prince (or some kind of symbol). At the time I really didn’t like this song, but now I can appreciate it. I didn’t like it because he sings in a falsetto for almost the entire song. I don’t do falsetto that often. The thing that always kept me listening was the break down towards the end. He sings a few lines in his normal voice and even goes way down for a second. That was really cool. Why can’t he sing an entire song like that?
The last song is another one that I really didn’t care for, at the time. It came from one of my favorite movies The Three Musketeers. The song included vocals by not just one or two, but three pop stars. This song was everywhere. I’m sure I would leave it on and give it a listen today, but back then I couldn’t change the channel fast enough. This song was All for Love performed by Bryan Adams, Sting, and Rod Stewart. The song reached number one the day after my twelfth birthday, January 22, 1994, and stayed there for three weeks. Maybe this is why I didn’t like it. It took away my thunder.
What kind of songs bring you back to when you were this age? Do you still like them or not? Maybe you now like them, but didn’t back then.