Music has always been a massive part of my life. My mum used to play the Basoon in Leicestershire Orchestra & from a young age, I played the violin & the organ. When I got to secondary school, I decided I’d had enough of the violin (something I regret now) & chose to play the saxophone instead (I think I thought this would me look cooler?!).
I always listen to the melody of a piece of music & the lyrics are equally important. I like to find meaning in the words, rather than just ‘liking’ a song. I am regularly astounded at the choices people chose for their first dance at a wedding, as if they have not listened to the words at all!
Because music is so special to me, I attach a particular importance to music that brings back good memories & I can be transported in an instant back to the place that I associate with that piece. I could write so many blogs about music that’s been pivotal & influential in my life.
This happened just the other day. Green Day ‘Good Riddance’ came on the radio while I was in the car & took me back to 3 separate, but equally fantastic memories.
As I mentioned in my blog about the Sochi Winter Olympics, I was a very keen skier in my teenage years & the first time I heard this song I was lucky enough to be spending my summer in New Zealand. I remember learning all of the words whilst on a chairlift in a place called Treble Cone, which is absolutely stunning, with views over the clouds, as we arrived every morning before sunrise.
The same song also reminds me of many Friday nights in my late teens which were spent in a disused warehouse masquerading as a nightclub, with lots of great friends that I don’t see as much as I’d like to any longer, but whom still hold such a special place in my heart that whenever we do spend time together, it’s always a brilliant night!
My most recent memory of this song is as a first dance at the wedding of two dear friends. Once in a while, someone comes along with whom you instantly bond & almost instantly can’t imagine not being friends with. This is the case with the couple who’s wedding we shared & the evening of drinking & dancing was fabulous fun.
I feel lucky to have the ‘musical memory’ that I have & foresee there may be many more blogs on this topic!