Three times in my life, I have made tapes of the songs that mean so much to me, for whatever reason, at the time. This time is a little different: I’m going to choose songs that applied then, but don’t necessarily apply now, and put times of my life with each one. Here they are:
- Cat Stevens: Father and Son — My sister S. played this album mornings, before we left for school, back in the early 70s. When I was thirteen, this song seemed to tell my entire story. How was I to know that soon, it would tell me even more clearly.
- The Who: Tommy — Although I first heard Tommy around the same time as Cat Stevens, the entire rock-opera has been a soundtrack of my life. I can no more choose one song than I would be able to live on one meal a month. None of the songs specifically applies to me, but all of them together surely do. I’ve chosen “Go To The Mirror, Boy,” because it comes closest to telling the whole story in its lyrics.
- John Cougar Mellencamp: Hurts So Good — I would be lying if I didn’t include this song from my crazy 20s. I felt exactly the way his words described: unstoppable, on top of the world, whatever stereotypical words mean “I’m crazy, but crazy feels so great!”
- Pink Floyd: Time — I was deeply into my seminary time when a then-boyfriend introduced me to Pink Floyd. I had been listening to many of their songs for years, but never listened to the lyrics until I was almost 30. “…And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run; you missed the starting gun.” How true, how true!
- I’ve been stuck all day about this last song — I’m drawing something of a blank, but since I just recently spent time in DisneyWorld, I think When You Wish Upon A Star is the song, and the lyric is: Like a bolt out of the blue, Fate steps in and sees you through. When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true. I didn’t, and don’t, mean to make this a sad post — these songs simply reflect my earlier self. Now, my dreams are coming true, and that is a fairy tale happy ending!