Have you ever had a time when your ears caught a piece of a song and immediately you’re swept away to an experience in your past? The time, the place, the faces… the sights, the smells, the feeling. Music has an incredible power to take us back; to allow our minds to revisit a deep memory that we may not have thought about in quite some time. I’ve always found this to be such a magical thing, and I was curious to discover the songs, bands, and experiences that are forever linked in the minds of others… so I turned to five girls right here in our home office.
Kellyn, Associate Graphic Designer
Paul McCartney – RAM. This album reminds me of my best friends, of singing loud with the car windows down, of dancing, of Philadelphia… of summer!
Jill, Design Assistant for Jackets
Metallica is the most nostalgic band for me. When I was little my older sister used to take me to this pop-up carnival in Asbury Park where I grew up. The guys running the Gravitron would blast Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning” record and I remember climbing up the walls, hanging upside down and feeling wild and free! I still feel that way when I listen to them, and I constantly thank my sister for letting me sneak her Metallica cassette tapes under my parents’ radar.
Julia, Editorial Manager
It’s one of my favorite things about music…its ability to transport you, how tied certain songs can be to very specific moments in our lives, so that those moments become almost tangible. There is one song that really stands out for me…it is so tied to a certain place, certain feeling, that to this day every time I hear it I can close my eyes and I am back in that moment. That song is Bob Marley’s “Is This Love,” the opening track on Legend. Growing up my family spent summers in Ocean City, NJ, and during those summer vacations Legend was played often, usually in the evenings when we were back from the beach, making dinner and spending time together. Every time I hear the opening notes of that song, I can smell the salty air, I can feel the carpet in our rental house beneath my feet as I dance around, slightly sunburnt, and just so young, innocent, and happy to be with my family. Life was so simple back then.
Lizzy, Senior Graphic Designer
Van Morrison – “Astral Weeks”. I have best memory of listening to this song… driving home from the beach with the sunset in my eyes… next to my boyfriend, salt water hair and feeling grateful.
I realize I have tons of stories to choose from…because I’ve come to associate so many songs with my friends — it’s like we curate a soundtrack together. T.Rex, ABBA, The Cure, Elton John, Patti Smith…they’re all representative of someone who means so much to me.
But one of the sweetest memories I have is after a not-so-awesome date many moons ago.
The date revolved around ice-skating, and I cannot skate to save my life. So I wasn’t feeling so confident by the end of the night. But Chris dropped me off at my apartment and said he would be right back. Sure enough, a few minutes later, he showed up with a 6-pack of some IPA something and walked over to the turntable in the living room, which was once the ballroom of the mansion that I lived in (which was broken into apartments – I did not have the fortune of living in a mansion all to myself). Anyway…he pulled out a record, started playing it, and grabbed my hand for a dance. It was “Catch the Wind” by Donovan…and maybe it’s a little tacky, but it was so sweet and my heart felt so happy. So happy. So yeah…Donovan always makes me smile a little bit.
What song or band transports you to another time and place?
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