I know music does this for everyone. It takes you back to times in your life. But there are those songs that spark a precise recall of something I was doing, or someone I was doing with. That's very funny actually, because that list is So Very Short.
And since my long term memory has completely deteriorated due to my job--which causes me to fill and empty my short term memory daily--I do relish anything I can remember that didn't just happen to me in the past 8 hours that requires a script and a live shot.
Tom Petty, Free Falling: The Good Doctor jumped off a roof when he was a teenager and smashed his heels into dozens of bits that had to be wired back together. He said he heard this song on the way to the hospital and I always think of that summer, and how it eventually led to me calling him. And that led to us dating. And that led to us now.
UB40, Only Fools Rush In: Watching scary movies and eating Keebler cookies with The Good Doctor during the summer before high school.
Sting, Roxanne: Waiting to slow dance with my teen crush at these Mormon recreation hall dances. It was all such good clean fun.
Destiny's Child, Jumpin' Jumpin:' Driving to work at 3am when I was promoted to morning reporter at Central Florida News 13. Yes, waking up at 2am and working until 1pm was a promotion.
Puddle of Mudd, Blurry. Kylie Minogue Can't Get You Out of My Head. And Mary J Blige, No More Drama: The. Worst. Time. Ever. When The Good Doctor and I were struggling with being 3,000 miles and 2 plane rides apart with a 3 hour time difference AND before cell phones and texting were second nature. As in, he didn't even own one, and I only turned mine on when I needed to make calls, because I was afraid of wasting the battery. NERD! That was us, in the year 2000.
Fountains of Wayne, Stacy's Mom: Singing along with my photog in Reno who always had a plastic bottle full of chew juice that he would spit into.
Gwen Stefani, Harajuku Girls: My first real concert, EVER. The Black Eyed Peas opened for Gwen at America West Arena and we had free seats in the Fox Box. The Good Doctor was paranoid the entire night because he was on call.
Lionel Ritchie, All Night Long: The Good Doctor singing this song to wake me up after coming home from an on call night at the hospital. His way of telling me he slept overnight, a rarity during that shift.
Baby Bash, Baby I'm Back: Driving around Phoenix on special projects days and eating Papa Jack enchiladas at Ajo Al's.
The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. album: Staying home with Emmy alone during the first weeks when The Good Doctor started his first real job. I was not back at work yet and I was contemplating starting this very blog! Those songs took the edge off of my anxiety of spending long, hot days with a new baby, and preparing for my return to NBC.