Turn It Up & Take Me Back:Music From The Seventies

It’s just a regular day. I’m running errands. Just when I’m about to park the car into another crowded store parking lot, a certain song comes on the radio. I’m in a hurry but I sit and listen till it’s over. Instantly I’m transported back in time.

“The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces.” Terrance Mann, The Field of Dreams

If I close my eyes, I can see, smell and feel the memories I associate with that song. Sometimes I remember people I haven’t thought about in years. I wonder what they are doing now? Does this song make them think of me too? I should try to find them on Facebook.

Back in my dating years, especially when I was a teenager, every new coupling meant a new “our song”. Sometimes there was a discussion about it, sometimes it was just fate, like a first slow dance together. Little did I know that in the years to come, that chosen song would forever jolt a memory of a person, place and time. I hope that teenagers still do that.

“This magic moment, While your lips are close to mine will last forever, Forever till the end of time”, written by Pomus, Doc/shuman, Mort.

Often, if it is a particularly good memory, I will hit replay, not ready to let go of the warm feelings. Eventually, I turn the car and the radio off and get back to my real life and the chores. But now, I continue my day with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.

Yes, we now carry lots of pics of random moments in our phones. But how often do we look at them unless we are showing them to someone else? Memories associated with songs are so private. So the next time that special song comes on the radio, sit and savour the sights, sounds and smells of the time it takes you back to.

Let me be self-indulgent and share three songs with you that hold special meaning to me:

You’re My Best Friend-Queen-1975

I was in Florida with my family for March Break. I had just been given a small, transistor radio with one of those ear plug things so I wouldn’t disturb anyone else. Swinging in the hammock that my father had tied to two palm trees at our campsite in Fort Desoto, I would listen to music. I can feel the sun and hear the soft breeze through the palms when I hear this song. Such happy, relaxed times. P.S. For the longest time, I thought this song was by the Partridge Family. Yes I had a crush on David Cassidy, who didn’t?

Emotional Rescue-Rolling Stones-1980

This song always reminds me of summers in Wasaga Beach and all my “camp” friends that I would meet up with once a year. We had so much fun; swimming, playing sports and pulling cranks on the boys’ cabins on the other side. The funny thing is that we were not allowed to have any radios. I’m not sure how we got one. Someone obviously smuggled it in. I don’t know how we never got caught listening to it.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark-Death Cab for Cutie-2006

This is the song my new husband sang to me, inside a little gazebo, on Nauset Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It was just the two of us plus a minister. Very intimate, private and romantic. He chose the song. He must have really meant until death do us part I guess. Seems even then, he will follow. lol Which I might add, would probably happen if I posted the video here that I have of that moment.

It's just a regular day. I'm running errands. Just when I'm about to park the car into another crowded store parking lot, a certain song comes on the radio. I'm in a hurry but I sit and listen till it's over. Instantly I'm transported back in time.

My Top 10 Music From The Seventies “Remind Me Of Summer” Songs

  1. American Pie-Don McLean
  2. A Horse With No Name-America
  3. Margaritaville-Jimmy Buffet
  4. Afternoon Delight-Starland Vocal Band
  5. In the Summertime-Mungo Jerry
  6. Summer Breeze-Seals and Croft
  7. Car Wash-Rose Royce
  8. Hot Child In The City-Nick Gilder
  9. Garden Party-Ricky Nelson
  10. Magic-Pilot

What songs hold strong memories for you? Please share in comments.


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17 thoughts on “Turn It Up & Take Me Back:Music From The Seventies

  1. I remember every single one of these songs. They remind me of much simpler times. There was this goofy movie years ago, Now and Then, that was set in the 70s, played so many great songs and was filled with so many of the things I did as a kid. I caught it on television not too long ago and it made me really emotional, horrible acting and all. Great post!

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  2. I have memories that go with almost every one of these songs – my husband dedicated “you’re my best friend” to me on the radio when we were dating…….those were the days! thanks for the memories Elena 🙂

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  3. Love the line ‘Memories associated with songs are so private’…this is so very true! Music is our special friend, with us through the good times and bad.

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  4. Lovely post Elena… I have too many to mention on my list of ‘take me backs’… some songs take me way back…some to the more recent past… fun memories, love memories, best friend memories… and some bittersweet memories too. I do the same as you…stop and listen (time allowing) and enjoy the transportation 🙂

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  5. OMG – this post brought tears to my eyes! I am back in the UK now but at the end of the 70s, I was regularly at Wasaga Beach. I was living and working in Toronto and life was brilliant. Even the song titles you have mentioned bring a lump to my throat. Not because they were brilliant in their own right – (some were really awful actually!) – but because of the powerful memories attached. It is so true what you say Elena, when a certain song cuts in on your day, it is amazing how it can immobilise you in a supermarket car park while you go back in time. It is scary how weird you can feel when you snap back to the present – kind of like present day life makes you jump because you were so ‘back there’ for a few minutes. My Canadian life ended abruptly and tragically and it still makes me cry to this day if I linger there too long in my head. I loved Wasaga beach SO much – thanks for reminding me of the good times. x

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