Music to my ears

25 Mar

Sunday afternoon found me a little restless. The sun was shining and Lucy and I had already been on a long walk. I wanted to knit but I was not in the mood for an audiobook or whatever program was playing on Oregon public radio. I knew I didn’t want silence, even though, lately, I’ve found myself sitting in silence. No radio. No audiobook. No music.

When I returned from three years in Medellin, Colombia, my first major purchase, after a car, was a CD player. It was 1994 and I was ready to move into the next phase of my life and career and that meant new technology. I was so sure about this that, while in Colombia, I purchased CDs instead of cassette tapes to bring home. Over the next two decades, my CD collection grew.

So, Sunday, feeling restless, I poked through my CDs, thinking something classical might be just the thing. I put on the CD I’d chosen, but it didn’t satisfy my need. I dug a little deeper and came up with Clasicos de la Provincia by Carlos Vives, the very first CD I’d ever purchased.

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Listening to me brought me back to 1994 and the previous three years in Colombia. The sun shining outside my Portland home, felt as warm as my memories of my Colombian years. I felt nostalgic and energized at the same time. I decided I would dig deeper into my CDs for more of those firsts.

 

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After Carlos, I put on Amplified Heart by Everything But The Girl. This was a band I’d heard a lot on the one radio station in Medellin that played contemporary music in English. I hadn’t listened to this CD in years, and was pleasantly surprised at home well I remembered the lyrics.

 

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Everything But The Girl led naturally to Diva by Annie Lennox. For some reason, I associate this album with the day I was supposed to leave Medellin for the last time. A pilot strike started that morning and I arrived at the airport only to discover that I wasn’t flying home that day. the night before, I had joked with a friend that I might end up on her doorstep. I burst into tears when I did. I’m pretty certain that we listened to this album that night. As with Amplified Heart, I remembered more of the lyrics than I had expected.

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Finally, I put on Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan, who I hadn’t heard at all in Colombia. Hers was a transitional CD, marking my return to North America from South America. I listened as I transitioned from afternoon to evening, feeling content.

7 Responses to “Music to my ears”

  1. arjeha March 25, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    A great trip down memory lane with music. Music has the ability to stir memories deep within us.

  2. wordjourneysite March 25, 2019 at 11:29 am #

    So great to go back into your collection and to let it evoke memories for you – a kind of history of a time period in your life. I agree with the comment above – music definitely has the ability to stir up deep memories and emotions.

  3. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) March 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    I didn’t realize (or forgot… so annoying when that happens) that we had South America in common (I lived in Peru 1998-2000) as well as Oregon (I lived in Portland in 78-87- with a couple of years in Battle Ground, WA). But the music was mostly new to me.

  4. Lisa Corbett March 25, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    Sounds like a nice night! I used to do this, but haven’t in a long time. It’s nice to hear old favourites.

  5. terierrol March 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

    Musical memories are so enjoyable. The granddaughters laugh when my husband and I put on our oldies but goodies. Amazing how those lyrics come back to us.

  6. Emily Culbertson March 25, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

    Wow! What a trip down memory lane! Thanks for sharing the journey with us. It is amazing how a song can trigger a memory and take you back in time. It’s wonderful.

  7. Brian Rozinsky March 25, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

    Musical associations sure pack staying power, don’t they? Though the media may change, the songs remain surprisingly close to the same 🙂

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