Songs That Bring Back Memories


Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit



Today’s Prompt: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

This one was fun to think about, I tried to think back to my high school days (dinosaur transportation) and think about the categories of songs that meant something to me. The songs seemed to fall into three categories: Friendship Memories, Dating Songs/ Break-Up Songs, and Guy Songs.

HIGH SCHOOL MEMORIES: The largest category were the friendship memories from being in chorus and ensembles in high school. We did these songs for performances. We did songs like:

  • Time In a Bottle, Jim Croce
  • Day By Day, Godspell Soundtrack
  • Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Simon and Garfunkel
  • They Long to Be Close to You, The Carpenters
  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, B.J. Thomas
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver
  • Theme from “Mahogany” (Do You Know Where You’re Going To), Diana Ross
  • We’ve Only Just Begun, The Carpenters
  • The Way We Were – Memories, Barbra Streisand

These were songs that we sang at Ruritan Club and Elks Lodge meetings or on tour at Tobacco or Dairy Farmer Conventions. We usually had a 15-20 piece band accompanying us on tours and many of the songs had solos or duets in them.

**We did a lot of them songs from musicals as well with routines and costumes on the tours.

THE DATING GAME: The next largest category were dating and break-up songs. Each time a new hit love song came out, it seemed my friends would change girl-friends. (I was far more mature than that, of course.)

  • Muskrat Love, Captain and Tennille
  • You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be In My Show), Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Neil Sedaka
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon
  • Love Will Keep Us Together, The Captain and Tennille
  • The Best of My Love, The Eagles
  • Mandy, Barry Manilow
  • Let Me Be There, Olivia Newton-John
  • Funny Face, Donna Fargo
  • We’ve Only Just Begun, The Carpenters

JUST HANGING WITH FRIENDS: The last category were just stupid songs that had meaning the groups I might have been hanging around:

  • Main Title Star Wars, London Symphony Orchestra
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon
  • Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
  • Thank God I’m a Country Boy, John Denver
  • The Streak, Ray Stevens
  • Spiders and Snakes, Jim Stafford
  • My Ding-a-Ling, Chuck Berry
  • Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road, Loudon Wainwright III
  • Sunshine on My Shoulders, John Denver
  • Billy, Don’t Be a Hero, Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods
  • Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings
  • Main Title Star Wars, London Symphony Orchestra
  • 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon
  • Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce
  • Live and Let Die, Wings
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
  • School’s Out, Alice Cooper
  • Hold Your Head Up, Argent
  • Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast, Wayne Newton
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver

As you can see, I was a whole lot of country boy, a little bit of me on the romantic side, with just a smidgen of bad boy.

Written for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit.


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