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Musical Memories

There’s something to be said about the music-memory connection, because almost all of my favorite childhood memories involve music. I vividly recall being 5 or 6 years old and lying on the furry, felt-like material that covered the speakers above the back seat of my dad’s huge Oldsmobile, listening to “Sailing” by Christopher Cross. I also vividly remember hanging out with my babysitter, Linda Soundtrack (somewhat of an eighties commercial celebrity in my hometown of Oklahoma City), yet my parents have informed me that never happened. I have no idea where my son gets his vivid imagination.

In what can only described as a first world travesty, my iPod kicked the bucket last week, and I’ve been forced to listen to the radio for several days. To put it bluntly, it’s been a painful week. While pressing seek for the 90 billionth time yesterday, I happened upon a “classic rock” station playing “What a Fool Believes,” by The Doobie Brothers. Holy crap, INSTANT NOSTALGIA. I might as well have been six years old again.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDWGKQcQ8zw[/youtube]

Dude, Michael McDonald IS THE MAN.

Other nostalgic notables are “Lido Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs,

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s8l75Oxf1U[/youtube]

“Black Cow” by Steely Dan,

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pJ2iw9xieo[/youtube]

and “Takin’ It To The Streets” by The Doobie Brothers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUE0r3fsWdg

What are the some of the songs that instantly transport you back to your childhood? Also, what songs or artists do you think will trigger memories in your own kids? Adele, The Avett Brothers, Radiohead, Beck and Andrew Bird are some of the artists that have been played endlessly over here for the past few years, but it will be interesting to hear from the kiddos as they grow older.

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