We’ve all been there. A song comes on the radio and you are transported somewhere immediately. Some other point in time. Another place in your life directly connected to ‘that song’. The memory is visceral and vivid.
You might not recall the details of a conversation you had with someone an hour ago, but when you hear ‘that song’, you not only remember every single lyric, every arc in the melody, but you also recall the very real emotions that accompanied them as well.
Yesterday, this for me was ‘that song’
Classic 80s. Took me right back to being with my best friend K.E.L. our ears pressed against my older sister’s bedroom door as she played this song on her cassette player over and over again. She was 16 and had a boy in her room. A cute boy. We were not sixteen and we were dying to know what it felt like to be in her shoes. I was wearing white shorts and a baggy yellow tank top with the words RELAX emblazoned in black letters on the front. My long hair was pulled into a high ponytail with bangs/fringe back combed meticulously, sprouting forth like a tangled fountain. K.E.L. had silky brown hair cut in a bob, braces, scuffed keds and the magical ability to make me laugh so hard I thought I would pee in my pants. The tiles in the bathroom I shared with my sister were teal green and some of them had colourful exotic fish embossed onto them – decor inherited from the previous owner. My lipstick was opalescent pink. I was filled with curiosity and envy. My sister’s perfume was Anais Anais, a sickly sweet fragrance with pale, soft petaled flowers adorning the bottle.
Details. They came tumbling at me avalanche style the moment I heard ‘that song’.
It’s all in the details.
What is ‘that song’ for you? Have you heard it recently? Can you find it and listen to it. Open your mind and heart up to all the particulars of the time it takes you to. Write down the details. The more the better. No matter how trivial. Keep your pen moving as you take a journey in your time machine. Listen to it one more time. You might be surprised at what else comes back to you.
Write for at least ten minutes. Longer if you wish.