The Music We Remember

Music molds our lives. Speaks to us, for us, about us. Gives us something to hang on to when we can’t find anything else.
It holds our memories, a scrapbook of sound.
Music is a secret code, never forgotten by those it represents; easily recognized by fellow code-bearers.

Songs that spoke to me growing up..

Danny Kaye – Inchworm

The first song I remember from toddlerhood. I still remember it 40 years later, in fact, its when I’m most frantic that I remember this most.

Corey Hart – Never Surrender
at 15 years old, trying to hang on until I got the chance to leave

Suzanne Vega – Luka
at 17 years old, right before I left home

Mike and the Mechanics – The Living Years
at 18 years old, when I was still trying to reconcile with my father.
joined the army soon after.

White Lion – When the Children Cry
while I was in the army, trying to figure out why.

Phil Collins – You’re No Son of Mine
a few years after I left home, after my father refused to speak with me.
nightmares got really bad after this.

Fish – Family Business
1991 – in school at UW, trying to accept why no one ever helped

Pet Shop Boys – Go West
after my first serious break-down, had left Seattle to hide from the
world, went back to Seattle and eventually a job at Microsoft

Simon & Garfunkel – I Am a Rock
for years and years… whenever I couldn’t handle the nightmares and pain

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