Saturday, December 17, 2005

TWQ: Special Songs (Plus Santa Letter)

The Weekend Question (TWQ) this week concentrates on musical memories.

What songs have a special meaning in your life and why? What memories do they bring back?

Here is my answer:

'Hey Jude' by The Beatles reminds be of my last day at school. As we didn't do anything that day, a lot of us sat in rooms. The teachers were not around. I had bought a cassette player, and one of the songs played was that one. I turned the volume way up and everybody enjoyed it. Right after that, I left the school for good.

'Morningtown Ride' by The Seekers was one of the earliest songs I ever heard, and it always brings back memories of childhood. I once went to a concert by Judith Durham (lead singer of The Seekers). When she sang that, I found it chilling.

Now it's over to you...

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As a bonus, I found this. It's a do-it-yourself Santa letter for adults to write. I found it hilarious when the result came out for me. Try it. It's on Dear Santa

38 comments:

melinama said...

"The Gloucester Wassail" makes me cry. I remember the wonderful people I used to sing it with onstage. All scattered to the four winds by now.

"Rachmaninoff's Variations on a theme by Paganini" also make me cry. Made me fall in love with my first college boyfriend, a concert pianist.

Here from Michele.

Star said...

Music is such a part of my life, that just about every "oldie" brings back a memory. Here from Michele.

Tammy said...

Oh geez, there's too many to list, it's too early, and my brain isn't working yet! :)

Here on my own for once, lol! Are you almost ready for Christmas?

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

the christmas song by nat king cole and white christmas by bing crosby, these are both songs i loved when i was a kid at christmas and still do, i actually never hear them enough.
i did my santa letter, i wound up in the slammer!!!

Karen said...

The Dear Santa letter is hilarious! Thanks for the tip. Let's see, a song that means something...man, I'm stumped. I haven't had my coffee. OK, Oh Holy Night makes me cry every Christmas...

Michele sent me.

Suzanne said...

Although I don't listen to any of his other music, "Leader of the Band" by Dan Fogelberg will always remind me of my father's dying.

Now, on a non-sad note, Hi! Michele sent me!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Funny Funny letter...! Great idea, Thanks for that. Music is such a HUGE part of my life I can't think of any ONE song that had more impact than any other...Sorry about that...Sooo many make me cry, I'm happy to say..I can't just pick anyone...Here from Michele, Jean-Luc!

ribbiticus said...

love that letter! can i "steal" it from you to post in mine?

there are so many songs that have brought meaning at different points in my life. putting them all down would take hours! :)

michele sent me today.

Courtney said...

In My Life, by the Beatles. I love the message about how all the things in your life are incorporated into how you love in the present.

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. I'd rather not say.

Michele sent me.

Carmi said...

Whenever I hear anything by Abba (don't laugh) I think of the long car trips we used to take from Montreal, through the Adirondack mountains, to visit my favorite aunt and uncle in New York. The music was awful - especially when you were hearing it for the umpteenth time - but the memories are vivid and warm.

Visiting from Michele's this morning.

margalit said...

This is an easy one. Don't GIve Up by Peter Gabriel. Every time I feel like life is getting me down, I listen to this and it makes me feel stronger and more alive.

Here from Michele's.

Lori said...

I love music....There are so many songs that bring back such memories....but here is a couple!!

1.I love rock and roll- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts....First song I learned...I was like 3 and singing this song...it was my Mother's fav...at the time it came out...she has me on video...singing it!!!

2. Have I told you lately that I love you--Rod Stewart.....It's mine and hubby's song!!!

Have a great day!!!

Running2Ks said...

More than a feeling, by Boston (first time I fell in love)

In your eyes, by Peter Gabriel (last time I fell in love, with my husband)--also, Wonderful Tonight, by Eric Clapton (same reason)

Ciera said...

Let's see.

Fly me to the Moon. The Captain knows why. ;-)

All Your Promises, by Andrew Smith. I was coming out of a suicidal depression and this is the song that stuck in my head from the church service from they day before.

craziequeen said...

Dancing Queen by Abba - during my turbulent childhood I went to Quaker Summer School at 14, which was the only place I wasn't bullied! While there, I won the summer disco competition (thank you, Pan's People!), was crowned 'Disco Queen' and got to dance with the school hunk to this very song :-) Felt a million dollars that night.......

Why Worry by Dire Straits - When I met MB I was in a very violent marriage. As we fell in love and I needed strength to leave the marital home, he wrote the lyrics on a little piece of paper to give me strength and self-confidence. I still have that little piece of paper over 20 years later :-)

cq

Professor Xavier said...

I tried the Santa letter, it was pretty funny!

As far as a song goes, I was listening to "I'll Stop the World and Melt With You." I love that song. Why? I don't know.

Trinity13 said...

She's Like the Wind is one of my all time fav songs! My hubby would sing it to me when we were dating and it really expressed what he felt fot me!

Heather said...

Funny. I just wrote about a special song on my blog tonight!

Merry Christmas, Jean-Luc!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Some excellent choices so far! 'Dancing Queen' is my favourite Abba song, even more so after seeing 'Mamma Mia!' Also 'See My Baby Jive' by Wizzard reminds me of my teenage years. 'Fly Me To The Moon' will make me think of a certain party, as Ciera will confirm.

For those who haven't, try the 'Dear Santa' letter.Anyone can use it on their own blog, if they wish. I just happened to find it.

mike said...

The letter is great! Michele sent me.

Charles (Canadian in Hong Kong) said...

Greetings from Michele... one of my favourite songs is "Gentle on My Mind" by Dean Martin. It is one of the old classics that still holds today, while at the same time reminds me of the 60's when I was just a very little kid.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Still cannot pick out one song or even 6...! So many have meaning for different reasons! Glad to be back Jean-Luc..Here from the lovely Michele this A.M.

sage said...

I'm not sure--I remember singing "I"ve been working on the railroad" on my great-granddaddy's porch when I was probably five (My first and last public solo, btw). As far as a hit song, maybe the Eagles "Desperado"

Michelle sent me.

craziequeen said...

Hi J-L - is there any way we can complete that letter without needing bail :-)

I love Wizzard too.....we must be in the same age range :-)

MSM - this time...

cq

Tammy said...

waaahhh...all those words and the site refuses to give me my Santa letter!

Good morning, Jean-Luc! Michele sent me. :)

Minerva said...

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks..I will always remember my father dancing to it with two beautiful women in Singapore..and all of us, just watching him, spellbound by his charisma... 10 years later he was dead of lung cancer...

Minerva

Juggling Mother said...

great santa letter link:-)

I can't remember songs from one minute to the next, let alone for years - but then I'm tone deaf!

here from Micheles

Kat said...

I just did a similar post on my blog. The song "At Last" reminds me of a former relationship.

Valerie said...

At last reminds me of my son. It seems like I waited forever for him. I am visiting from Michele's

Chrixean said...

tried out your do-it-yourself letter for Santa...was hilarious!!! i'm forwarding it to my friends to see how their's came out, haha!
Oh, and i love Hey Jude! I'm a Beatlemaniac....:)

craziequeen said...

Must dig out that piece of paper, I've haven't wallowed in it for a couple of years now....

Hi J-L, Michele sent me, this time.....
Love TWQ btw

cq

Joe said...

Hello Jean-Luc.

Michele sent me.

ribbiticus said...

just so you know i didn't skip you. still haven't put up the santa letter yet but i will tomorrow...:)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Chrixien, The Beatles' latter songs were always favourites.

Craziequeen, we might well be in the same age range. Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' was a great one from 1973.

craziequeen said...

one of my all-time favourite Christmas songs.....I was - erm - 9 when that was released... :-)

cq

Lori said...

Thanks Minerva....I've always wanted to know who sings Season's in the Sun....I love that song!!!

I did the Santa Letter....Very funny....Thanks Captain!!!

puremood said...

Love of a Lifetime by Firehouse. It's the song for me and my hubby. Since 1991... the first song we danced to and brings back wonderful memories.

I have more but one is enough, right?

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