I was just sitting on my comfy living room couch working along on all my projects and loose ends that need tying up. To keep myself focused I usually turn on Pandora to the Tina Turner channel. My Momma didn’t raise no fool. Song after song is either Tina Turner, someone like her or music from the 80’s and early 90’s. It is one of my favorite channels because it just makes me happy. I usually end up singing along. As I write this Michael Jackson is belting out The Way You Make Me Feel. Yes, I am signing in my head as I write.
Have you heard the line that music is just a memory? I’d have to agree. Earlier a song from 1991 came on and I instantly thought I had climbed into a time machine. I was transported to my bedroom when I was 15 years old. I could clearly remember singing into my microphone. I mean hair brush. Only one person seemed to understand me at that time, Ms. Whitney Houston. We would duet together on How Do I know He Loves Me. I remember begging for my Mom to drive me from our country existence to the mall 30 minutes away to get the single. Oh, the simple times before iTunes, YouTube, and CDs. I played that 99 cent cassette single continuously and I still have it.
Every time I hear that song it brings back a flood of memories about the first boy I would talk to on the phone. Nothing too crazy or wild. It was huge at the time. I would sneak off and call. Of course, I thought my parents had no idea. Except looking back it seemed that they always ended up needing to make a phone call when I was on the house line. Hmm… that seems fishy now that I have a parental view. I would die of humiliation when they got on the phone and started dialing a number. I would get off the phone quickly and turn on that cassette single and sing. Whitney seemed to be the only one who knew about love, boys and how I was feeling.
I will always know that song word for word. Those days of teendom are 20+ years ago, but music can make me feel that age all over again.
Tell me one of your “time machine songs.” I’d love to know!
Ok I have to write for class and possibly clean… hmm probably not the clean. 🙂
Make sure to check out yesterday’s blog post on Lucy and Ethel!!
PS – now Whitney Houston’s So Emotional is playing…