I was out running errands today, kind of in a bleh mood due to the morning rush and the cat peeing on the floor. Again. As I pulled my car into the first parking spot I could find, which happened to be at the furthest point in the lot from the building I needed to go to, “Walk on the Ocean” by Toad the Wet Sprocket came on the radio. For a moment I was not the busy mom who’d had a hectic morning, but a teenage version of myself, cruising along in my blue 1979 Toyota Corolla Tercel (that’s a real thing), listening to a cassette in a tape player that was definitely not factory installed.
Toad the Wet Sprocket was one of the bands I loved in the early 90s. I listened to their albums over and over and when I hear those songs now, it takes me back to the time in my life when I was making the transition from a teenager to a young adult. To a time before CD players, when you couldn’t just hit a button to go to the next song or choose “shuffle” and play the songs in a different order.
What I love about music is not only how it can bring me back to certain time or place in my life, but how it can instantly change my mood and my outlook. So today, I am thankful for music.
Back in the day when I was feeling angsty, I would blare the soundtrack from the movie “Singles” from my sad little stereo in my dorm room. Now when I go for a run, I have a running playlist to help me through. And when I need to get things done around the house, I have a special playlist to get me in the mood. During the summer or on the weekends when the girls are home, we have a “Dance Break” playlist we listen to and dance around the house.
I regret that I never learned to play an instrument as I’ve always loved music. I especially love live music and could listen to any good band play for hours, even if I’m not familiar with the songs. Before we had kids, my husband and I would go to concerts frequently and even travel to catch a band we love that wasn’t going to make a stop in our city. Now that the girls are getting older, we’ve started to go to concerts again and even road tripped for one (Pearl Jam!) last year.
Today I am thankful for the ways music has changed me, has influenced me, has touched my heart, and has played in the background of my life. I’m maybe not quite as thankful for all the random song lyrics lodged in my brain, though.