Was just listening to Suzanne Vega's The Queen and the Soldier
and thinking about something that occurred to me last night might make a vaguely interesting post. Various bits of music remind me of different bits of my life. Sometimes of specific people or places, sometimes just of being a certain age. That Suzanne Vega track doesn't seem to have any particular resonances of its own, but it is one that I really love, and which always hits me with the shivers. Sometimes tracks can change from triggering one memory to another. Some of them are romantic links, others just reminders of friendship and fun. Sometimes the track springs to mind when thinking of things, sometimes I only remember the link when I hear the music.
Terrorvision's first couple of albums will always remind me of Ian. Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with
reminds me of flirting with Tom at Purgatory, or whatever the Oxford goth night was at that time, but also of August. Temple of Love
always reminds me of David, while This Corrosion
makes me think "He's a vet", or reminds me of being a teenager at school and the reaction of our music teacher to us apparently listening to something choral. The Passenger
brings back CUWoCS parties, and Road to Nowhere
RPGsoc/OUSFG Christmas parties. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers album By the Way
will always remind me of how lovely Janet is. Placebo's Nancy Boy
always makes me smile and think of Kitty. For some reason Belinda Carlisle makes me think of JT, and The Bangles' Eternal Flame
will always bring back embarrassing memories of a long-held teenage crush on my mate Phil. Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run
and Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms
(the albums) will always live back-to-back in my mind, and remind me of being 11 and dancing alone in the moonlight in our back room in Kippax, in the silly girly pyjamas I owned at the time and loved. There are many many more.
They all seem to be pretty happy associations really. I can't think of any sad ones at the moment, except where they're tinged a little with sadness for love lost, but for most part there's more good memories than bad.