Until the age of 12, I had no idea that music genres other than country even existed. I remember the first time rap was played on the radio. “What is that?” It was different than anything I had ever heard and the lyrics didn’t make much sense to me, but I loved the sound.
Then, my step-brother got into heavy metal. Metallica soon became one of my favorites. The others in the genre were a bit too over the top for me. I never, and still don’t, understand why people want to sound so angry when they ‘sing’.
After hearing a variety of genres, my favorite was still country. Many people say that the lyrics are mostly sad or ridiculous (She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy), and they’d be right. Many country songs are like that.
But there are two, that really stick out to me. The first one is “Grandpa” by the Judds. Ever since I was a child, this has been a favorite for my mother and I. On every road trip we go on, we sing it together. We add in our own country accents and accentuate the word ‘grandpa’ in a way that always makes us laugh. It’s one of those things, where ‘you’d have to be there’. For us though, that song always provides a fun time of laughter and memories.
Grandpa – The Judds
The other is “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. This song instantly brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. It reminds me of many things. People in my past, people in my mother’s past, lost love and my mother. It has a very deep meaning to both of us. Some reasons are the same and some are very different. This is a song that is certain to go with me always, until my last breath.
The Dance – Garth Brooks
Coming up with a third song is very difficult. There are so many to choose from.
So, I will pick the song that is playing now. The problem is, is that I don’t know what song it is. Why then, is it one of the “most important songs in my life”? Simple. It’s very important right now because it’s playing in my neighbor’s house and they’ve decided to crank the bass up. It’s rattling my brain! What’s worse, is that we don’t even share walls. They live across the sidewalk from me. Do they need that much bass?
Rattling My Brain – My Neighbors (video unavailable)
Thanks to my considerate neighbors, my work will have to wait until I can concentrate. After two hours of enduring this nerve-wracking drumming that’s making its way through my home, I have to get out here.
With that said, enjoy the videos if you’d like. Meanwhile, I’ll be gone running errands, bike riding, doing something, anything that’s away from here.
This post is for assignment #3 of Writing 101 hosted by The Daily Post.
Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?