Music is like a time machine. It has the ability to transport you in a single verse. Listed below are a few songs that take me back in time. What's on your list?
Fire - The Pointer Sisters. I remember sitting on the non-backseat backseat of Dad's 1977 Corvette and listening to this song. We didn't need no stinkin' seatbelts back then.
My Boy Lollipop - Brenda Lee. Nana and Papa had this song, an 8 track player, an old microphone and a Dolly Parton wig. This combination was the perfect storm for some living room performances by one attention-hungry little girl.
Physical - Olivia Newton John. My first cassette. Mom called a 1-800 number and ordered it for me. I think it arrived about 6 weeks later (take that, iTunes). I choreographed many dance numbers to that little ditty.
You Dropped the Bomb on Me - The Gap Band. The skating rink. Enough said.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston. First cheerleading try-out dance song. Cheerleading was obviously a little different in 1987.
The Right Stuff - NKOTB. My first concert. My Dad took me, Tiffany Gard (Rafferty), Karen Anderson, Delane and her friend, Jennifer and my cousin Stephanie to the Omni (holla!). He was eligible for sainthood immediately following the show.
Daisy Dukes - Duice. I was still only 17 years old when we cruised down to Panama City for Spring Break in 1993, but you had to be 18 years old to get into LaVilla for the Duice concert. So Jade's sweet Mom talked the bouncer into letting me in under her close supervision. Half an hour later, I watched her mouth drop open as she saw me dancing on stage with Duice. Sorry!
Whoomp! There It Is - Tag Team. This was a karaoke favorite in my Reinhardt College dorm room. I can still recite every single word.
You Were Meant For Me - Jewel. During college, I worked in a jewelry store. We listened to Star 94 radio, which played the same 20 songs over and over. After a couple of 12 hour shifts, I began to memorize the playlist. It would freak out customers when I would accurately predict the next song. I'm a Jewel fan, but unfortunately this one played 10 times more than the other 19 songs in that particular playlist. Ugh.
Low - Little Jon and the East Side Boyz. Dancing is my favorite pasttime. This song takes me back to when Laura and I made Vision nightclub our own personal Cheers - where everybody knew our name.
American Child - Phil Vassar. I was Phil's "ooh, oooh" backup singer on stage at Cowboys during this song, which was taped as part of my reality television stint with CMT (this story is for another blog).
In My Daughter's Eyes - Martina McBride. When Bailey was about 2 1/2 years old, we were sitting together and this song came on the radio. She listened very closely for about a minute and then said, "This is our song, Mama." What a sweet baby girl!
Green Eyes - Coldplay. This song actually is another blog. :) Brian claimed this as "our song" when we started dating. Just hearing that first A chord makes me get new romance butterflies.
You Are My Sunshine - Elizabeth Mitchell. I sang this song to Drew all the time when he was an infant. I remember how quiet and peaceful he would become while listening to it (even with me singing). I used Ms. Mitchell's beautiful rendition to make a photo/video slideshow for Drew's first birthday party. That song will always represent Drew's first year.