Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: California Love

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This week's prompt was inspired by "Springsteen" by Eric Church: "Funny how a melody sounds like a memory / Like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night." Which song(s) brings back memories for you and why?

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I can't imagine my life without music. Just in the past 8 days, I've been to 2 concerts. #ConcertJunkie As a lover of words, I feel like music is words and art combined. Music can invoke the most intense of emotions, or make you laugh, or make you want to get up and move. I love it.

As a kid growing up in the 80s/90s, music really shaped me. I remember watching VH1 and MTV religiously. I remember turning the radio down really low in my room and listening to music at all hours of the night when I wasn't supposed to.

But when I think of a song that brings back memories, it is without a doubt California Love by Dr. Dre and Tupac. Let's set the stage - click on the song below to play it while you are reading. I'm all about immersing you into a scene, haha.

California Love (remix) (feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman) by 2Pac on Grooveshark

So, let me take you back a few years. OK, maybe few more years than that. My dad and I were wrapping up a wonderful trip to Florida. I was a teenager, maybe 14 or 15. We had a blast exploring, as we always did. We walked all over, basked in the sun, and just enjoyed each other's company. The morning we were set to return, we woke up really early to catch our train. We were driving down the highway before dawn, maybe 5am or so with the windows down. There weren't many other cars on the road. Neither one of us is a morning person, but we always have fun together and that morning we were laughing and joking, and listening to music on the radio.

All of a sudden, California Love came on. My dad and I looked at each other and grinned and he turned the radio up loud. We sang along at the top of our lungs and danced in our seats, doing that special head-bob move that only we can do.

Who else is crankin' rap tunes at 5am, thumpin' and bumpin' down the highway? Only me and my daddy. The wind was blasting through the window.

It may not sound like much to you, but to me, that was an amazing memory. My dad is my best friend and being with him brings me such joy. Every time I hear that song, I think of that drive and I remember the laughs we shared.

Music reminds me of a little treasure chest that each time you open, you find something new and wonderful.

Which song brings back memories for YOU? I'd love to hear from you. Ciao!


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  1. I wish I would've seen this prompt! I'm also a fellow #concertjunkie and massive music lover (p.s. what were the two concerts?) and I always connect music to my life and memories. Even the dumbest moments have certain songs attached to them that I instantly think of. There are definitely a few that are stronger than most and I'd say "Lithium" by Nirvana and "Free Fallin" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

  2. oh man, I had a 90s birthday party this year with a playlist of classics. California Love is my jam since well I am from there! Hoping to see a Sublime cover band next month!

  3. You are so right that music is like a little treasure chest! I am a music junkie and I love this post and hope to get mine up by the weekend.

  4. Oh Mia I love this memory you have, just gorgeous, really made me smile xx

  5. Love the quote and I'm right there with you loving music. I agree that it can help create some great memories.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  6. LOVE this song!

    & what a wonderful memory! Sometimes there's nothing better than cruising down the highway with a loved one, music blaring & some singing and dancing, lol.

  7. We were out to lunch yesterday and this John Mayer song came on that totally brought me back to my mom driving me back to college after spring break my freshman year. It's so strange how songs can just bring us back even when the moment doesn't seem important at the time.

  8. What a sweet, sweet memory! Mia's dad is the coolest!

    My dad isn't very sentimental or affectionate, but if there's anything we've ever bonded over it is music. I'm grateful for that. :)

  9. Aw, the link up is open all week! You can definitely still join us. :)

    I went to see Maroon 5 and Eric Church. I have an eclectic taste in music, haha.

    Thanks so much for reading, Kati. xo

  10. Ahhhh, I so need to get in on this 90s party action. :) That would be a blast.

  11. Yay, can't wait to read your post, Sheryl! :)

  12. Thank you so much, Mackenzie! :) That means a lot.

  13. Yessss, so true. It's a wonderful experience. :)

  14. That's so true, Krysten, it's like our brains file it away for later and then Boom. You're transported back to that moment. :) Thanks so much for reading!

  15. Thanks, love. :) And I'm glad that you and your dad bonded over music. It does bring people together!

  16. Oh H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICKS.. YES!! Thumping in the office right now :)
    You're Dad is AWESOME. I'm loving your sweet memories of you and your dad.

    The very poetic song, Gin and Juice reminds me of my Mom. :) If you knew my mom you would be rolling on the floor. That was her jam.

  17. Sometimes the simplest moments make the sweetest and most treasured memory. :)

  18. Bahaha, Gin and Juice, I love it. I bet your mom is one awesome lady. :)


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