Today was a fun day as I drove just over 300 miles. Those that know me will understand that 300 miles is not all that much for me.
Typically when I drive I listen to talk radio and occasionally podcasts, but rarely music.
What made today extra different was that I listened to my “other” playlist. . . the one on my iPhone, not the one on my old ipod.
Two separate devices totaling almost 11,000 pieces of music and I do not believe any one song is found on both.
Today’s random playlist music took me down several nostalgic highways.. . .pre-teen years, HS/College years, songs I was lucky enough to play in a band and songs that I learned from our daughters.
Smiling, singing, drumming on the steering wheel, and shedding an occasional tear, it was like my life was playing out over the course of six hours as the soundtrack of my life.
As I analyzed the playlist, I couldn’t help but find it quirky as tracks went from REM to E. Power Biggs, to Alice Cooper to John Denver to Pearl Jam to The FDNY Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band to Anna Phoebe to Counting Crows to Corey Smith. (And that’s leaving lots out).
Songs triggering vivid memories as each played out, while I was trying to decide which one would find itself on this page, defining the day.
For a little, extra comic relief, it ended up being between two. First runner up is Who I Am by Jessica Andrews, (1999).
There were probably a hundred or so songs I learned to play in the band over the years and while I had lots of favorites, this was #1 for me.
Originally recorded by Counting Crows in December of 1993. Hearing it today reminded me of all the fun times the guys had playing together and it’s hard to believe that it’s been four and a half years since our last gig.
Big, heavy anchors.