Thursday, March 10, 2016

Time traveling

Day 10 of 31 at TWT!
My skin prickles as those almost-forgotten chords wake me out of my morning-drive trance. Like magic, the radio simultaneously pulls me clearly into the present moment and far into the foggy past.

"With a little love, and some tenderness..."

It's been ages since I heard this song! As if uncurling from a long, deep sleep, a hidden part of me starts to sing, welcoming every word and note like an old friend.

"With a little peace, and some harmony..."

I'm eleven again, standing in the music store in Grand Central Mall, buying my first CD. Cracked Rear View. I don't even remember how I started liking Hootie and the Blowfish or why I picked that as my first album, but I will never forget buying that CD. One of those rare moments when you're almost standing outside yourself, realizing that you're growing up.

Cracked Rear View. That brownish, distressed picture. I read the liner notes over and over. I knew every word to every song. I played that CD so often that I eventually had to stop, because it started skipping so much that it became obnoxious.

It always had a place of honor at the top of my CD tower!
After that, I just moved on: some classic rock, Dave Matthews Band, and even (cringe) the Backstreet Boys. I never even got another Hootie CD. 

But twenty years later, hearing any song from that album is like opening a door and finding a room from my childhood perfectly preserved. Like uncovering a piece of buried treasure hidden in the sand. Like finding a piece of myself that I didn't know I had lost.


  1. Music has incredible power to transport you to another time and place. Songs just pop up and take you away. Wonder what songs will take little sweetie to another place.

  2. Oh my gosh, my record like that is Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. I listened to my tape of that over and over when I was 15. By the time I was 16, I had thrown them over for Led Zeppelin, and I—like you—never bought another of their recordings. But I know every note of Slippery When Wet, and I go right back to that bedroom with the canopy and posters of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora on the wall when I hear any of it.

  3. There are so many songs that take me back in time. And this is one of the blog ideas I have in my notebook. I may have to work on this soon!

  4. I just had this throw back happen to me this evening. It was "Lover Boy" and the song was "Turn me lose." I remember being at the Agora and spinning to the chorus. I thought I looked pretty good! So many songs bring back happy memories.

  5. Grand Central Mall. I remember like yesterday taking you there and how happy Nannie was to shop with us. Would love one more trip there with her and you. Then dinner at Sebastian's.

  6. I have that same CD and now I listen to Darius Rucker as a country artist! My how things change. What amazes me is that I can walk into a room and forget why I went in there in the first place, yet I can sing every word to songs I haven't heard since high school (which was a long time


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