Daily Prompt: We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?
Music has always been a big influence in my life. Well technically, not my whole life. In fact, I used to never listen to music. That was until I came to the U.S. when my step-dad introduced me to the wonderful thing called a radio. Hmm, I’m not sure but growing up in China, I’ve never seen a radio anywhere. I’ve seen plenty of cassette players and boomboxes but no radio.
Anyway, one day during the summer, I started playing with the tuner and out came a familiar song. From then on, I began listening to music and discover more and more varieties of genres and artists.
From all the years of listening to music, I can tell you, there is always a biggest hit during the summer. A song that gets played 10 or 20 times a day on the radio until it annoys the crap out of people. Then as soon as autumn arrives, all of the sudden, the song just stops playing on the radio. Not completely stop but start to play less and less. Yes, those songs are poppy, hyped, and I can certainly move to it but they hardly mean anything. They don’t remind me of anything. I guess that’s the main point of pop music these days, all it matters is being catchy and the rhythm.
I can never relate any songs to my life. I don’t know why. Maybe I just have trouble analyzing the poetic meaning of the lyrics. But I remember listening to this song (Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan) three or four summers ago and at the present moment, I’m listening to it again. I think it’s well written and meaningful, even Pandora radio thinks so.
Daily Prompt: Musical Marker