Saturday, December 7, 2013

Musical Memories

A few posts ago, I mentioned that Mr. W and I had been traveling a lot, quick weekend trips. Well, one thing we always made sure we brought along was music. Lots of CDs.

We have eclectic tastes, Mr. W and I. From Guster, Bruce Springsteen, and Franz Ferdinand to Kenny Rogers, Cake, and the Old 97s.

See, I wasn't exaggerating about eclectic.

One of the other CDs we bring is by Neil Diamond (don’t judge). Neil always sends me straight back my childhood, a gift, really. You see, my early memories are extremely fuzzy. Bits and pieces right on through high school.

But I recall one morning… It had to be 1979 or ’80. I was in grade school. I’d woken up to find my mother getting ready for work, a usual morning, but then something from the TV caught her attention… Not something. Someone.

Neil Diamond was on a morning show. Coffee cup in hand, she took a moment to sit down to watch, and I took the opportunity to climb up on the sofa with her, lie down, and place my head in her lap. She smoothed my hair while we watched Neil sing—I don’t recall which song, and for all I know, it could have been a clip from a concert. All I remember is being all warm and cozy and loved.

It was such a sweet moment, a rare time-out from our busy mornings, that it was apparently stamped into my memory forever, and those feelings, the warm and cozies, are drawn forward whenever I hear a Neil Diamond song. And for that I’m grateful—and always earns Neil a trip with us when we travel.

What’s your earliest music memory? And what’s your favorite music to bring when you road trip? 


Kristin A. said...

I love this, Heather. What fun tastes in music you and Mr. W have and what a special memory you have taking a little Neil Diamond break with your mom in the midst of the morning hustle and bustle. Neil Diamond is also part of my earliest musical memories. My parents had a Neil Diamond record with a cover that unfolded a couple times to be a big picture of him. I remember unfolding the record cover and singing and spinning around the living room to the album. I loved dancing and rocking out with him! :) I also have fun memories dancing around to Simon and Garfunkle records, although their record cover didn't unfold to give me a dancing partner!

On another note a couple days ago I finished TROUBLE UNDER THE TREE (and a few days before that, A POTION TO DIE FOR). Loved them both. It was so fun to get to know Carly and TROUBLE UNDER THE TREE is potentially my favorite Nina Quinn mystery (I wasn't ready for it last Christmas and thus saved it for this Christmas). Thanks for the fun reads!

Heather Blake Webber said...

LOL! So glad there are other Neil fans here. :)

And so happy you enjoyed A POTION TO DIE FOR and TROUBLE UNDER THE TREE. TuTT is one of my favorite Nina books, too.

Shirley said...

I like Neil Diamond, also. He has a couple Christmas CDs that are good.

Heather Blake Webber said...

I enjoy his Christmas stuff, too. :)

Rachelle21 said...

I can not name a specific song or group but I do know we went to the Dell in Philadelphia a lot and heard a variety of music. I heard Gilbert and Sullivan and operas and saw ballet.