Do you ever hear a song and, for some reason, flash back to the first time you heard it? Or have oddly specific memories tied to songs? I do. One day, years ago, I walked out of work for my lunch break to see an amazing rainbow over Union Square that from our angle ended right on top of the Empire State Building. New Yorkers usually don’t just stop in the street to talk to strangers, but on that day, everyone was smiling and sharing the experience. I went on to get my lunch, and the radio at the pizza/Chinese place was playing U2’s “Beautiful Day,” which put a huge smile on my face since it really was a beautiful day. Now, every time I hear the song it reminds me of that day. Other song memories are sillier. The Offspring’s “Bad Habit” not only reminds me of one of my friends from high school who loved loudly singing along with the “You stupid dumb-shit goddamn motherfucker!” line, but reminds me more recently of hearing it during a driving lesson and being amused at the irony since it’s a song about road rage. (I may have also once yelled the same line really loudly in the parking lot of the local U-Haul rental. With my two-year-old in the backseat. Oops!)
Do you have specific memories tied to songs? Let us know in the comments.