Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Day Six

A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere

Oh, this is painfully easy.

As an undergraduate, double majoring and doing honors work in one of those majors at the same time might not have been the wisest academic decision on my part, but I'm damned proud of it, and would like it to be noted in my obituary. Oh, yeah, and I was in a long-distance relationship at the time. Consequently, I did not get a lot of sleep. The day I started hallucinating in class, I realized that I needed to shift a few priorities and get a bit more rest.

(I kept the boyfriend.)

I didn't sleep eight hours each night after that, but I did try to grab at least five. OK, maybe I didn't succeed, but I tried...

Sting's "Fields of Gold" always seemed to be on the radio when I woke up each morning that spring. My bed was next to the window, and I would look out at the basketball court (not very sentimental sounding, I realize) and the trees and the grass and the dew and the village waking up, and I felt so much at peace. This song puts me back to being twenty-one, feeling hope, enthusiasm, and joy - oh, yeah, and a bit of lust for that long-distance boyfriend.


Harriet M. Welsch said...

That song *was* on the radio at the time. It definitely takes me back to a specific period.

Jeanne said...

Someone who stays in a college town gets a lot of bits of stories. I'm exceedingly glad that I finally got to meet the long-distance boyfriend!

Also I have an eerily similar story about a song. The spring I was living like that (long-distance boyfriend--eventually husband--and all) there was a song on the radio all the time called "Lost in Love." There was some kind of revival of it recently, and I thought about that spring.

Tracie said...

"It's Over Now" by Alice in Chains. Any time it comes on the radio, I am in Tampa again, on the highway with Jen and Kelly, getting out of town. It was one of those coincidental things, a song that kept being played every time we were going somewhere, until it became the Getting Out of Tampa Song (in fact it took me a few minutes just now to remember what the actual title was).