Leah, from leahtravels.com wrote a post about melodies and the travel memories they bring. It is a great idea for a post and I will be tagging 7 others as she tagged me in her writeup.
As a kid, we did not do family vacations as we did not have the means and we lived in an island (so no big drives across states!). But songs do bring memories and take me back to different places. Here are my songs…
Love Is Blue (Al Martino)
It may not remind me of travel but I think it does transport me to one of my earliest childhood musical memories. As a kid who was learning English at school, I probably had no idea what the song was about except that it mentioned the color blue.
But what I do remember is that the melody of this song, when it would come on the radio, would IMMEDIATELY triggering a crying spree on my part. Apparently, I cried with so much emotion that the adults around me could not stop laughing. I recall one time that my Mom had to pull over with my grandma also in the car because they were laughing so hard that she couldn’t drive and was on the merge of going #1 right then and there. I hadn’t heard the song in likely over a decade until just now when I thought this song had to be listed here. (Happy to report only minor sobbing, barely audible.)
The Pinocchio Song (not sure if it even has a name! Canción Infantil Pinocho is how I have found it)
Another song from my childhood taking me back to being 6 or under… It was a song my Dad -who had a great voice- would sing to my sister and I about Pinocchio (I remember the age because my memory of him singing it is when he was still married to my Mom). It was a song in Spanish and I remember feeling it was a sad song though it is the story of Pinocchio which ends well).
The song had evaporated from my memory until my Dad passed away a couple of years ago and my sister and I were trying to remember him in our childhood. She is 5 yrs older so she remembers more than me.
It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll to Me (Billy Joel – The Essential Billy Joel)
This song reminds me of my drive around Switzerland with a co-worker and friend as we escaped from Paris for a weekend. This song played during a particularly beautiful part of the road between Bern and Interlacken and I remember re-playing it a couple of times at a good enough volume. Somehow, the mix of this song, the drive and the enjoyment of the trip was energizing!
What’s the matter with the clothes I’m wearing…
…You get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers…
Don’t Stop (Fleetwood Mac)
I had not been much of a fan of Fleetwood Mac (for no real reason, just hadn’t caught on, I s’ppose) but then I went to the World Expo in Sevilla in 1992. Yes, seeing the pavilions while it was 40 C was fun. The pavilions themselves transported you to all these countries (and got you into air conditioning). But the REAL fun in the World Expo was the parties at night. This song by Fleetwood Mac played at some point well after dinner and well into drinks. I remember everyone climbing up on the picnic tables in the outdoor pavilion we were at dancing, and drinking some more. I definitely felt tomorrow WOULD BE better than before, as soon as the hangover passed.
Though in some ways the following words may seem to tell us not to focus on past trips (stay with me…), they sure tell us to keep planning away, to keep dreaming away our next destinations and discoveries! The song made me feel – and still does – that tomorrow will always be better. A great way to look at life indeed.
And not about the things you’ve done
If your life was bad to you
Just think what tomorrow will do
Life Is a Highway (Tom Cochrane’s version)
Now this is a song that defines my outlook in life as a whole and may need to be played at my funeral. It means that travel is inherently part of life: going places, not being stationary. But, more importantly, travel also not in the geography sense but in the sense of movement, of progression, of starting points and endpoints, of not stagnating. The melody and the lyrics all work for me. My anthem!
You’re in my blood
I’m not a lonely man
There’s no load I can’t hold
Road so rough this I know
I’ll be there when the light comes in
Just tell ’em we’re survivors
Here are six fellow bloggers I am tagging to share the songs that conjure up some of their favorite travel memories. Please feel free to tag others after you’ve published!
- Erin at theworldwanderer.me
- Kristin at twocannoli.com
- Aaron at elatlboy.com
- Erin at a-sense-of-place.com
Now it’s your turn. Do you have a song that instantly transports you to another place and time? What is it? Where do you go?