06 May 2012

It takes me back

I don't quite remember how I stumbled upon the video of Bon Iver performing a cover of Bonníe Raitt's "I can't make you love me." His version is beautiful in its own right, but in the end I had to go back to the original. Gorgeous! (Adele's version is pretty too, by the way.)

The thing is, listening to this song takes me back in time. For some reason I was suddenly overcome by a memory of sitting in the backseat of my grandparent's car with my sister. We were driving to a swimming pool in Albuquerque while there on a visit. Maybe I was 8. The truth is, it's fuzzy and hazy and unfinished. I don't know if the song was playing on the radio, or a CD, or goodness, probably a cassette tape! while were driving. Or maybe some other Bonnie Raitt song. I can't say, but it's strange the way a lost memory can submerge like that, for no apparent reason. But beautiful too. I love it.

And it made me think about other favorite songs we used to listen to in the car when I was little. There were many-- but here are few songs that really stand out in my memory from ages 3-6 or so, when we used to drive half an hour across town to visit my (other) grandparents. At the moment I remember these specifically...

The Judds...

And Eric Clapton.. this is still one of my favorite songs..

Plus a Disney cassette
with "Zip-i-dee doo dah" and "We are Siamese if you please," etc. , etc.
that we must have played 3 million times! 
It will forever remind me of winding roads and fields of flowers
 from summer visits to the White Mountains.
But I'll spare you....

Thanks for indulging me in this blast from the past. Does anyone else have any songs that just can't be separated from your childhood?


marissa said...

I love this post! I totally have memories of singing to the Judds with my mom when we were on road trips :) "Grandpa" was one of them. Love you, girl!

Anonymous said...

Joanie Bartels. I've only found 1 of her songs on youtube, so it must be just something my family listened to. Just an old cassette tape that I danced to just about EVERY Saturday of my childhood. Funny how those things stick with you right?

ktb said...

Maris, I absolutely remember "grandpa"!! so pretty! And Rach, I've never heard of Joanie Bartels, you'll have to introduce me someday :)