Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Life needs a soundtrack

I got tagged by Mel. I really like this tag, because you know me, I love the whole music thing.

This is from Mel's rules:
1. Tell us of some songs in your life that remind you of a person, place or a specific event in your life. The kind of song that everytime you hear it, it will always, no matter what, make that person, place or "thing" pop into your head instantly. You can write as few or as many "songs" as you want. And it can be a song or two songs or a whole album.

2. Give a brief description of the person, place or thing it reminds you of.

3. You can choose to tag people or not. Whatever you want to do. And you can tag as few or as many people as you want.

4. You don't have to link the songs or the lyrics unless you want to.

U2's New Year's Day. I hate Bono and think U2 is the most overrated band ever, but this song reminds me of a moment. It was New Years at the Goth Club in Houston and I had a huge crush on "Venice." She was there that night, which was a huge surprise because I had no idea she went to that club. When that song came on, I knew the New Years bell struck and I went desperately through the club looking for her.

I found her and we did the New Years kiss. It was one of those kisses that I'll never forget. No, Venice is not my wife. I married another girl. Venice and I lost touch, but I'll always have that moment.

For the record, my wife has several things Venice doesn't have. Nothing perverted, but I'd rather not say because I don't like to talk badly about someone I once cared deeply about.

Mel did eight songs, but I'm only going to do one, because besides HIM, Cradle of Filth, Nightwish, and Beautiful Creatures, I've been listening to the same music I listened to in high school, so I have multiple good memories of every other song.

I'll tag the following:
1) Dawner because you and I like some of the same music

2) Lime just because you love chocolate as much as I do.

3) Notta Wallflower because you didn't post your music in your profile.

4) Mr. Althouse because you didn't post your music in your profile either.

Bhakti, I didn't tag you because I'm about to find out what you listen to.


Blogger Mokuyobi said...

Yeah Nightwish!

Did you send me my ten canadian dollars yet? Because if you did, I have to dig through all my stuff and find my copy of my own Cd and make a copy of it ha ha ha.

1/25/2006 10:40 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Mokuyobi - I've been to three banks so far and not one of them will give me $10 Canadian. :(

One of them told me I have to go to a travel agency. So I'll try that.

had no idea you liked Nightwish. That's too cool. Once is my favorite album of the 2000s so far.

1/25/2006 11:25 PM  
Blogger lime said...

too cute zombie. i am giggling at the reason for tagging me. i'll do this for my friday post. what a nice memory!

1/26/2006 4:02 AM  
Blogger neal said...

I didn't get tagged but I can only think of one song that vividly brings back a memory. Inna Gadda Da Vida. I was at my supervisors house at a get together and we were listening to that song and I saw a ghost. Honest to God ghost. I asked him if he saw it and he said all the time. He said his house was haunted but the ghost was just there, it never caused any problems like a potergeist. Freaked me out big time and that memory always comes back to me when I hear that song.

1/26/2006 4:45 AM  
Blogger Bhakti said...

The funny thing is, I have every U2 album ever released, however, I've never considered them one of my favorite bands.

Unlike you, I don't think they are overrated. I think they are a solid band that has stuck to their guns and produced a terrific body of work.

But that's just me.

Hey--the funny thing is, you didn't tag me because you're going to find out what music I listen to very soon...but the thing is, when reading the rules to this meme, I was thinking of all of the songs that I can't stand anymore because they make me think of things that I'd rather not think about! So, none of the songs that I would have written about would be on THE CD that's in the mail!! LOL!

1/26/2006 5:09 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

"Father Figure" - George Michael. I always think of being at an 8th grade school dance at a church, wearing acid-wash jeans and a pink ten-button shirt. I thought it was the deepest song ever.


Also "Pride (In the Name of Love)" - U2. I was a senior in high school picking up my mom's birthday cake and I got in an accident downtown. It was rainy, I was singing along and not paying attention, and when the person in front of me braked, I rear-ended them. Of course, she got a tiny dent and my hood folded up like a Kleenex. It was my mother's car. :(

1/26/2006 5:25 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Lime - Looking forward to it. :)

Neal - I didn't tag you because it would be redundant. I know what kind of music you listen to and you've already done these posts.

Of all the songs for a ghost to come out to, I think that would be perfect. The song reminds me of my friends getting drunk and filming stop action. I stayed sober, so I could operate the camera.

Bhakti - I do really like Achtung Baby, but they've been called "the best band ever" and I just don't see it.

Sad thing for me, I can't listen to Tchaikovsky's Fifth any more because it reminds me of a speeding ticket. :(

Bearette - Yup, like I told Bhakti, got a speeding ticket to Tchaikovsky's Fifth. Plus there are some songs that remind me of girls I'd rather not remember. The "I hate men!" ex used to play Pearl Jam and Indigo Girls all the time. Nothing against either band, but I can't listen to them now.

1/26/2006 8:24 AM  
Blogger Slade said...

That was romantic...was that her real name? Venice? If so, that's pretty cool

1/26/2006 8:40 AM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Interesting how music and smells (auditory and olfactory) are tied to memory. There's been tons of research on it. In fact, some ambitious marketing companies are great at using auditory/memory links (all the classic jingles do it).

There are some songs where I can actually feel myself back in a situation or a romance. One song that I love is "Wait in Vain" by Marley, but remade by Annie Lennox (it's superb). It still gives me chills.

1/26/2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Slade - No, Venice isn't her real name. And yes, it was romantic. So it kind of bothered me for awhile that I had more romantic moments with her than with my wife. Then that Caribbean cruise I went with my wife changed everything. :)

I want to go on another one of them.

Saurkraut - Lennox is cool. She sang on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and her voice was haunting. Dave something or another, the dude from Eurythamics, also is a talented person. He doesn't get half the credit he deserves. Co-wrote the best songs on Jon Bon Jovi's best solo album.

1/26/2006 8:58 AM  
Blogger bsoholic said...

I've been listening to the same music I listened to in high school, so I have multiple good memories of every other song

Same thing for me! lol

Great story though, funny how memories can be tied in to songs.

1/26/2006 12:20 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

ZS, I think a LOT of us have a soundtrack for our lives. There are many songs that instantly take me back to a certain moment in my life; some good, some bad. Listening to oldies has opened up many interesting conversations on our past with L and I.

Sauer, I can always remember what season I bought a record in, not the year, just the season. I can always smell that season(or day) when I play the album now. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose brain associates music with smells.

1/26/2006 1:25 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

ZS, let me know if you can't get a Canadian $10. I can send you one.

1/26/2006 1:41 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Dave Stewart. I think.

1/26/2006 1:56 PM  
Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Thanks for the tag, ZS. I think I'll challenge myself to do it after my dentist appointment (and I'm drugged up). My thoughts seem to be more freeflowing then. :-P

I like your memorable moment. Unlike you, I will have a hard time narrowing it down because there are so many songs tied to memories for me.

1/26/2006 4:46 PM  
Blogger neal said...

I guess you pretty much do know what I listen to but if you ever listen to Aersomith Live Bootleg that was the tape I was listening to in Spain when I almost drove my car off a cliff. I was drunk and they put me in my car to sleep it off but never took the keys. I woke up and tried to drive back to the Air Base 28 miles away up winding mountain roads. Spent 6 days in intensive care with a fractured shoulder and 42 sticthes in my face and head. That was the last time I ever drank and drove. The doctors told me if I hadn't been found within five more minutes of someone finding me and calling an ambulance I would have bled out...SCARY!!!!

1/26/2006 5:09 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Bsoholic - Heh. I think you and I have a lot of the same bands in common.

Tshsmom - Yes, please do. I'll trade $10 American for $10 Canadian. There's an offer you can't refuse. ;)

Bearette - Thank you! Yes, it's Dave Stewart. That was driving me nuts.

Notta - I only did one song because every other song I could think of I had multiple memories to. Looking forward to your post.

Neal - Yikes. I thought I had problems with cars.

Aerosmith, and especially the song "Mama Kin," were a huge influence on what later became the "glam" end of heavy metal, especially bands like Guns and Roses.

1/26/2006 6:51 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

$7.50 will do. Email the address and I'll get it to you. Do you want any Loonies or Twonies?

1/26/2006 7:02 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Tshsmom - Sent.

She wants a $10 bill in Canadian money, so no, no loonies or twonies.

1/26/2006 7:55 PM  
Blogger Mr. Althouse said...

This is my first "tagging"! I'm honored. I'll post soon.

PS: thanks for the html help. If you've been to my blog lately, you've seen the results.


1/27/2006 12:06 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Mike - Looking forward to it.

Yeah, I know basic HTML, so don't mind sharing the little I know.

1/27/2006 12:30 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

awesome! thank you for doing that!

1/27/2006 6:12 AM  
Blogger clothosfate said...

Well I didn't get tagged :( Meh. But I am going to talk about music and memories anyway.

Last year for my best friends b-day I sent her a care package of many things. I have known and loved this girl since I was seven and I even did a post on One of the things in the care package was a mixed CD I made for her (and made a copy for me) that I titled 'Anna and Trudy's Sweet Memories' It was partly nostalgic (well fully really) and partly hilarious. Eevery song on the CD we had either listened to together or danced to together many times. The opening track was "I think we're alone now" by Tiffany. You can imagine how the rest of the CD went... hey were remembering adolescence here.... she loved it.

1/28/2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger clothosfate said...

Oh ya!! One song really stands out amongst the others on the CD... 'Rock Lobster' by the B-52's.

We used to request it ALL the time at Sugars, which was the underage dance club in the town where I grew up.

That song always takes me back to squirming around on the floor as he sang "down down down down..."

1/28/2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Miladysa said...

Loved this! If I was your wife we would never visit Venice! :)

I like U2 but I do not love them.

1/30/2006 1:26 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Mel - Thank you for the tag. This was one of the more enjoyable tags.

Clothosfate - I tried to only tag those who I've either never tagged or never quoted yet.

As for Tiffany, it was that other single from the album. Urgh! Mind blank. She's hot now by the way.

The B-52s were a party band. I think everyone anywhere near our age has had some fond (and often censored) memories of some B-52s song. ;)

Miladysa - She knows the reasons why I took her over Venice and she's not worried. Venice has three strikes against her, but as she was someone I was once quite fond of, I don't like saying anything bad about her. We did part on excellent terms though, so that's the only thing that scares Mrs. Z.

1/30/2006 6:25 PM  

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