‘If music be the food of love, play on’ or something like that… here is my response to the weekly writing challenge anyway-
Last year for Christmas I bought my dad a personalised print from Not On The High Street. It featured 16 black and white prints of cassette tapes and you could have the name and title of a song printed on each label strip to create a ‘playlist’. I relished the challenge of narrowing it down to just 16 songs I had created shared memories to with my Pappa.
You see, my dad left my mother and I when I was 2 1/2 and whilst he has made many decisions in his life I don’t like, his taste in music is something I love and an area we could truly bond over. Amongst some of the tracks I chose were Chris Rea’s ‘I’m gonna buy a hat’ and Warren Zevon’s ‘Werewolves of London’- classic cruising in the car songs I loved to sing along to when I was a tot!
Music has always been a big element of my life and, as I have mentioned in previous posts, I am a big sentimentalist! I love the way music can bring people together, transport you back to the moment something happened or make you cry with laughter or sorrow at the memories they conjure.
The song we played at my mum’s funeral for example, always makes me cry and smile at the same time as, whilst it reminds me she is no longer here, it takes me right back to our kitchen listening to her singing along to it on the radio- priceless!
I hope my children can be reminded of wonderful memories and moments we create together just by hearing a few chords of a familiar song in the same way I am with my parents.
They might not always be around but the memories never go away…just fade around the edges slightly until you’re left with a cosy, warm glow!
What relationship do you enjoy with music? What is your favourite song?
Mrs T x