Music, my mother, and me

musicWag mong ilipat!” my mother exclaimed with glee while I was radio station surfing one night in 1997. We were having some chit chat after dinner then, with the FM radio as our background music.

“That was sung by [I forgot the artist]. That was [I forgot the exact year as well]. I was in college,” she said nostalgically. “But that was one of my least favorite songs back then.”

Her last statement puzzled me. How could she enjoy listening to music that she once never liked? We both had no issues with 90’s music. In fact, like me, she listened to Spice Girls, and even noted that Victoria was her favorite Spice Girl.

So I wondered: Why would she want the radio tuned in to some old song that she didn’t fancy when she was young over some rockin’ 90’s song that we’d both like?

Curious and confused, I asked her, “Ma, why do you like listening to old songs?”

She chuckled as if I asked a stupid question. I didn’t mind and just waited for her to enlighten me.

“It reminds you of your childhood,” she explained. “It brings back memories.”

Pag tanda ko din kaya, ganun din ako?” the silly 13-year-old girl that I was asked. Β My mother laughed at my thinking-out-loud moment.

Fast forward to 2011 and in one of those random days, Jars of Clay’s Unforgetful YouΒ Β started playing in my iPod shuffle. The song reminded me of how carefree and how fun being young is.

If I had an MP3 player back in high school, I wouldn’t have that song in my favorites’ list. But today, as I listen to it, I relish every drum beat and every note. I remember our stereo system, where it used to play. I remember the CD . I remember the problems I faced as a teenager. Today, it dawns on me that they were miniscule compared with my late 20’s problems. And it dawns on me that there are certain things that you’d only understand as you get older–like how nostalgic it is to listen to songs of our childhood. πŸ™‚


7 thoughts on “Music, my mother, and me

  1. nice post! super like!

    music does move our memories and emotion in a fascinating fashion.

    i have a collection of CDs, but still working on getting a portable music player. undecided ako pa ako sa ipod eh hehehe

    1. Thanks, Jet. Glad you liked the entry. Naka-relate ka din ‘no? πŸ™‚
      Huwhat?? You don’t have a portable music player? I thought I’m the last person on Earth to get one. πŸ˜€

  2. hi tracy! nice blog you have here… i’m pretty much the same as your mom, i can even state a song for each of my grade school & high school years na uso… πŸ˜€

    1. Hi Dins! Thanks for dropping by.
      Hahaha! It’s amazing how melodies and even lyrics can remind us of specific events in our lives. πŸ™‚ Much more amazing ka, per year talaga! πŸ™‚ Get well soon and praying for your fast recovery! πŸ˜€

  3. its a refreshing entry compared to your uhmm other entries. just like what Jinoe mentioned the other day, most blogs nowadays have been focused on race promotions etc (not that i have anything against those ah, it’s just nice to read something else than race announcements etc). just like what i said to you this morning (na sinabi ni pareng Steve), in this life, we sometimes have to look at things as is, and eventually (or more appropriately) in retrospect, all the dots will eventually connect and something will come out of it (train? airplane? hahaha).
    nice thoughts dasher.
    good to read you’re getting back to the dasher i initially knew πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Basti. πŸ™‚
      Awww, na-miss ko na naman si Pareng Steve. πŸ˜›

      Another thanks for helping me cope. I’ll be fine. πŸ˜‰

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