This is inspired by Mom's blog item about scents that remind you of people, places and situations. Honestly, scents have never really done it for me. I'm not saying I want anyone to smell bad and I certainly remember certain ones, but my memories are triggered more by specific songs. I also equate certain times in my life with certain songs. For instance, when I was younger and didn't know what the hell I wanted to do with my life it was Joe Jackson's, "You Can't Get What You Want 'Til You Know What You Want." Then, when I did finally start following a path which seemed right, I still wasn't satisfied, so it was The Rolling Stones', "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "but if you try sometimes, you get what you need".....you all know the rest. When I did finally get settled in my place in life, it was Desiree's, "You Gotta Be."
As for certain situations that occurred, well, I of course broke up with someone when Sinead O'Connor's, "Nothing Compares 2 U" came out. I'll never forget sitting at my job before we opened watching the video on TV, goddamn her. I think every woman will admit to feeling as though they could beat any breakup by listening to Gloria Gaynor's, "I Will Survive." Then, there are the love songs I link to specific men who've been in my life like Bryan Adams', "Still Feels Like the First Time," and I designated Matchbox 20's, "When You're Gone" to a crush I once had. Mostly, it was what was playing on the radio while I thought about whoever as I drove. As for the perfect sex song, to me it's, "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover." I have no idea who sings it, but does it really matter? No. The perfect wedding song? None other than Etta James', "At Last." Runner up goes to Gladys Knight's, "You're the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me."
So, I put it out there to all of you. What might you call your theme song presently and in the past? What songs remind you of your first time, your first date, your first love, etc? Do they inspire happiness or enough pain to make you want to hurl something at the radio? I've never done that and never will because every memory and experience makes you who you are and need to be held onto.