sounds like a memory – solc2018#3

This morning, as I was preparing tomorrow’s brunch, I selected the music choice channel for Country Hits on our TV. To my surprise and delight, it wasn’t current hits, but “old standards.” (Not too old.)

I grew up in Nashville (several years ago) and have always lived near Music City, but didn’t become a fan of country music until I was in my 40’s. I guess by then I had lived enough life to recognize the truth and wisdom in country music’s ballads.

(There was a brief period in my high school years when I visited the wonderful Opryland USA theme park regularly  We lived just across the river and a season pass was $50. My favorite show was called Country Roads – I had to dig deep into Google to “remember” that name –  and there I learned snippets of older country songs that I had missed while listening to Top 40 hits on the radio.  So I guess my appreciation for country songs really began then. I can “see” the stage for that show and those costumes in my mind’s eye so clearly. And I will never stop missing Opryland. But, as usual, I digress…)

ANYWAY, the music I have enjoyed today has made my heart sing, caused a gulp in my throat, and teased out a few tears. I am thankful for every word and note that spoke to me today. Certain singers will always be my favorites, and I know I can count on hearing the “good stuff” from them. And I admire the songwriters who often live in the background of these tunes, but who have birthed them from the heartfelt realities of their lives.

Today’s country music is different, and I still enjoy most of it.  I have my favorites now, too. Some of these current songs will make me stop and catch my breath when I hear them again in a few years. The music and the life it becomes a part of intertwine, and the memories of each become united.

Eric Church sang it well:

7 thoughts on “sounds like a memory – solc2018#3

  1. Alice Nine says:

    Music is so powerful. You said it well in this one sentence: “The music I have enjoyed today has made my heart sing, caused a gulp in my throat, and teased out a few tears.”

  2. Fran Haley says:

    This is so true, the powerful connection between music and memory. When I hear a song that I heard as a child, I’m suddenly that age again. Thanks for this slice of times gone by. 🙂

  3. khays41 says:

    Isn’t it funny how a song can elicit a memory? There are songs that take me right back to my childhood kitchen when my mom would dance with us and sing for her life. And then there are songs that take me to ‘that one time’ in high school—memories I might not want to relive!

  4. Music has always been a large part of my life. My dad had it on constantly when I was a kid and there are lots of songs that bring back memories 🙂 Glad country music can do that for you!

  5. Elizabeth Pruett says:

    Music really does hold memories.

  6. Raivenne says:

    Music has that magic to emotionally take you -right there- to a time or place that very few other things can. And I love that you quoted Eric Church’s “Springsteen” at the end. Perfect.

  7. Peg D says:

    I like music when I scrapbook. It helps bring back those moments. Music is useful in setting moods and altering moods. Music is so important to me.

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