Music: Live Memories

Posted: June 16, 2010 in Photos, Q.Whitening Photos, Q.Whitening Short Stories
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Weekends were some of the best times growing up for me. On the weekends I would go to my grandmother’s house, which was full of loving relatives, and stay from Friday to Sunday. I had to be at least seven to eight at the time and Saturdays stood out like a sore thumb. Every Saturday my grandparents had their routine of going food shopping. It would take at least forty-five minutes to an hour just to get to ShopRite. What highlighted the ride was the music my grandparents played in the car. It was a mix of 50’s-80’s music station that was being played on the radio. I can remember me in the back seat of a dark blue, four-door, 1984 Fleetwood Cadillac; strapped in listening. The music seemed as if it was knitting a music blanket in my brain. It had me feeling like I was watching a lady on her porch in a rocketing chair, her radio on, and her hand goes up and down, in and out with every thread, creating a music blanket. As I get closer and closer to the porch, I look soul-stirringly into this carefully crafted blanket. I see this collage of music greats sewed together to create memories that has passed through decades of generations. The patterns of Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles perfectly woven together with Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder; all for me. I am sitting in the back of the car, the further my grandfather drives, the more I seep into the music. Until the music just curls me up into a soundless childhood sleep. It’s moments like this one that has been embedded in me to help shape who I am today. As time passes on, the more classic music becomes for us all. The impact of timeless music can and has stored memories that even if you heard them today never gets old. Just think, every time you hear a certain song it just takes you away, puts you right in that happy, sad, or even angry moment of time. Whatever music blanket that is in your brain’s mental storage, is there for a specific reason. Whether hard times or good times, the life-long memories that music has created makes life much more valuable to endure.

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