i heard this on the radio on the way home from work last night, and in doing so it lifted my mood from slightly fed up to jigging along to Don McLean. Fabled to be written about the death of Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash at the age of 23, American Pie commemorates the ‘day the music died.”
Buddy Holly is one of my mums favourites, and his music was the soundtrack to my childhood. My mum used to sing “heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby kisses me” when I was small, and Peggy Sue, and it makes me think of being in the kitchen with her while she sang away.
So American Pie transformed my mood last night, so entwined was I with Don McLean that I didn’t notice I was being laughed at at the lights by some boys in a car. Oh do one, I love it!
I believe music can indeed save your mortal soul. When I can’t cope with the stress of work I put Carmina Burana on my head phones and go to my special place, and if I have had a particularly sleepless night I love a bit of McFly in the car to start the day, or some Pendulum if its been terrible.
Music, like scents and aromas, can fling you back into the depths of your memory and ignite memories that you thought were extinguished. Remember that night you went clubbing when you were eighteen? Or that song that was on constant repeat on your first holiday with friends?
My saddest song is beautiful by James Blunt. It was played at my friends funeral; killed in her teens by a hit and run driver, the song throws me back in time to that rainy August day when we said goodbye. (Lest We Forget)
What songs do you love? Which tunes evoke your strongest memories?