Monday, March 3, 2008

Music make you lose control...

Most who know me know that I love music. When I think back at major moments, I remember songs, not the outfit I wore. I remember soundtracks, not the movie plot. I have eccentric taste, usually to fit the mood. Rainy, depressing days just call for country or girl music (cue in Plumb, Fiona Apple, or Carrie Underwood or my girl Kelly Clarkson). Days that are sunny and grand, I usually tend to like the Pop selections (cue in Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears (get over yourself, you know her songs are catchy) and Timbaland). When I'm getting ready to go out, or in the car by myself, I tend to listen to rap (cue in Missy Elliot, Outkast, Dr. Dre, 50, Eminem or Pharrell). My dad very early on told me that I needed to strive to become the world's first "White Female Rapper." I think he was on to something, seeing as it's probably my favorite and my "go-to" to get out of a slump! Maybe Liege needs a female rapper? Anywho, I love music. Whenever I hear songs from the past, I instantly am taken back to the memory, and it's usually VERY vivid. Let me give you some examples:
  1. "Just shake ya' rump" by Wreckz-N-Effect: I believe it was 4th grade, maybe 5th, but I was in a Lady Foot Locker in Red Bird Mall (Duncanville) buying my first pair of Jordan's for the upcoming basketball season on Mr. McPeek's team. They were suede with a multicolor tongue...all the peeps were jealous! I'll never forget singing along to "All I wanna do is a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom" while my dad looked on. Hilarious!
  2. "The Dance" by Garth Brooks and "I will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan: 10th grade cheerleading banquet (maybe at Slider and Blues?) video...such a great year! Mrs. Anderson was awesome...and ladies, watch the video again--too much!
  3. "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul: This song brings back serious memories...but the funiest to me is one of being in a Target getting school supplies, and Jeremy picked out a Paula Abdul Trapper Keeper folder to go in his binder. I remember thinking it was hilarious, even at the time. She was great, not sure about a comeback, though. Gotta let it go, crazy!
  4. "Whoop There It Is" by Tag Team: 8th grade, Brandy Sluetz birthday party at Six Flags. We did one of those videos, where you have an instrument and you are in the band? was great, and I've lost the video, but it was magical.
  5. "All My Exes Live in Texas" by George Strait: Getting ready for church on Sunday, living in Duncanville. I think it was on a record, I'm not even lying. I just remember dancing in my parents room while my dad sang out loud. To be honest, most country songs remind me of my Dad. He's pretty cool...
  6. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem: Almost all trips to Austin and this song is played, from my Dad's Ipod (yes, you read that correctly). He kinda loves it, mostly the "mom's spaghetti" part, it gets him laughing...super cute!
  7. "Lost in your eyes" by Debbie Gibson: Smith Elementary swingset, myself and Amy Vines singing outloud, serenading Stefani and Staci Giles. HAHAHA.

So, you see, I have funny memories with songs. And there are SO many more! The point of this blog is to say this...Belgium is bringing the memories back! While in Liege, you can usually find one or two stations that intermix current pop with French pop. While you wouldn't think French pop is that great...we actually sing along (with no idea what we are saying) to most! But...just a minute or two outside of Liege until you find another big city...stations are harder to come by. So, you surf. We have listened to so many songs we hadn't heard in ages that now, we look forward to it (or at least I do!). Sometimes, the playlists have a theme (oldies, country, only french, only dutch, etc.). Other times, I feel like they stole Kat's ipod...and I get something like Frou Frou, then Peter Cetera, then Britney. It has no rhyme or reason, and it's AWESOME! Last week I was driving to Brussels, and I mentally recorded the playlist I received: Fergie "Big Girls Don't Cry", "PRAY" by MC Hammer, "99 Balloons" by Nena, "Whiter Shade of Pale" by Annie Lennox (I had this single on tape, you're jealous), "I can't live" by Mariah Carey, and then "Ayo Technology" by Justin and 50. It's so great...I love it! I guess it's kind of like Mix 102.9 back in the day, but I didn't appreciate it then! On various car rides, we've heard "All that she wants" by Ace of Base, almost ALL Bryan Adams songs, "It wasn't me" by Shaggy, "Weak" by SWV and last night we got "Hip Hop Horrah" by Naughty by Nature--love it! All sorts of memories flood back in everytime we're in the's a nice getaway!

What memories do you have with songs? Any of the same? Leave a comment...


  1. Funny you should mention 90's faves...I bought tickets to the Bone Thugs 'N Harmony concert at Emo's this week!!! Be jealous

    "See you at the crossroads..."

  2. Don't forget, Break your freakin' neck booaah... and who can forget Biggy Smalls? Hey, and I don't think your ready for this jelly... and the latest in a long line of funny songs is Wind It UP... by Gwen.

    Love YOU YOU YOU!


  3. First off, Mike K cracks me up. Migeddy Mike 7 - the rest of the world NIL! Katie... spring break in Destin, FL. The Missy Elliott song "My Party People" where the front seat passenger would hold on to the oh sh%t bar and bounce like crazy! Still love that one....

  4. Tippa Glover PhotographyMarch 4, 2008 at 3:04 AM

    I love this! You are so right...they seriously play some old stuff that I have not heard in years. We listen to Q-Music (103.4 in Brussels) at work...and oh my goodness....lots of oldies that bring back great memories!

    Let's definitely get the babies together the next time you are in Brussels! It will be nice getting to meet another American!

  5. As the saying goes "music be the food of life then play on". For me the 2 songs that choke me are "you've got a friend and the Dance". I can so relate to those songs... Although the Ketchup song comes a close second!