I love 80’s music. It’s almost an obsession. It’s the decade I was first aware of music. As I was driving in to work this morning I had my 80’s play list on. The song Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl came on and I was reminded about how much I listened to that song to build up my courage in asking a girl out that I was for. That and I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore by REO Speedwagon. The fact that I never ended up asking any girl out and that it was all shattered dreams isn’t the point, but what I do think is neat is how music is so trans-formative in bringing back memories; sometimes long stretches of memory and in great detail.
I remember long nights in our house, sitting alone, listening to the radio, waiting for songs I liked to come on so I could record them on cassettes. Wading through endless radio ga-ga, yelling “Let the music play!” sometimes not even knowing who I was listening to, because they wouldn’t announce the name of the band. I remember the waiting, getting cramped legs because I’m so excited about a new band or album that I’m almost in hysteria in anticipation. And, after what feels like the longest time, when it finally plays, you go insane. Thinking to yourself that if somebody’s watching me, they’ll think I’ve gone crazy in the night. You might think that my description here is superfluous or overkill, but I am sure all of you can remember being in your room, spinning round and round and shakin’.
And that’s the other great things about music, is the way that it can make us move. Sometimes the desire to move with music is simply irresistible. You lose your self-control and your legs just start dancing like it was reflex, and having it feel like the most natural way to express yourself. Maybe you remember waiting for that catchy song to play at prom so you can strut across the floor to the girl you like and say “Let’s dance”. Or waiting for that super romantic song so you can experience the sensation of human touch, and wondering if with every breath you take she will notice how sweaty your palms are getting. Worried that you’ll step on her feet and not get a second chance. Hoping it’s all not too good to be true being so close to someone you like and lovin’ every minute of it. Then you might nervously slide your hands down to her waist hoping she doesn’t tell you to keep your hands to yourself and that the look in her eyes isn’t an angry one. And if she smiles…well…one thing leads to another.
Music is this great binding force that connects us to other people in both space and time. As seasons change, no matter where we roam, music has people dancing in the street from Europe, to Africa, to China to middle eastern countries like Iran. So, far away places love music too, whether you live in Buenos Aires or live your life in a northern town. People are people and all around the world music is touching their heart and soul and wouldn’t it be good if we could let our love of music bring people together everywhere.
I believe that the promise of tomorrow is in celebrating the things that we share. The world isn’t going to get better by holding out for a hero, so go over to your neighbor and say “Hello” and see if you like the same music. The great thing about music is that falling in love with it is not a once in a lifetime experience. People who aren’t music lovers, well they don’t know what they are missing. It ain’t enough to just have music on in the background. You have to sing it loud, and lose yourself. Music can make you laugh or cry and it will always feel good. Having music in your life can improve it beyond your wildest dreams. Would I lie to you? Don’t answer me. I make mistakes; I’m only human. Just put in some of your favorite songs and don’t stop believin’. It’s the only way I know to stay forever young.