originally posted March 21, 2010
I love how songs have the ability to take me back. Just one verse and I’m back. I don’t even particularly like some of the songs but as soon as I hear them, a certain thought or a certain scene will inevitably fill my brain.
“Shake, shake, shake…shake your booty.” My ears rarely have to endure this song any more. But, just the thought of the song, reminds me of being 5 years old again and playing in my front yard on a Sunday afternoon. I can hear my neighbor’s way too loud boom box blaring in the background as he works in his driveway under the hood of his car. The whole neighborhood thumping or shaking. “Shake, shake, shake…shake your booty.” And my father (who I guess really couldn’t connect with the song) would be about ready to go through the roof!
“Another one bites dust, another one bites the dust.” I am 9 years old and at Skate Country..roller skating countless times around the rink with those colorful disco lights reflecting off the floor.
“Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I’m only falling apart. There’s nothing I can do a total eclipse of the heart.” I am 12 years old and leaning against the wall in the school gym at my very first middle school dance, waiting for one certain little boy on the other side of the gym to be brave enough to cross the gym and ask me to dance.
“We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love wind’s against my back. Ain’t we ridin’ on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac” I am back on the school bus heading to high school. Aretha could be heard coming through the bus radio speakers at least once a week.
Songs have the ability to flood my brain with memories. Happy memories, sad memories, fun memories, goofy memories. I love how tunes can trigger such specific emotions. About a year ago, I downloaded a song to my iPod because every time I heard the song, it would fill me with gratitude for what Christ has done in my life and for the freedom He has given me. The song, called “Feelin’ Good” sung by Nina Simone, is an older tune and was originally written for a Broadway musical from back in the 60’s. I had to Google this info because the 60’s are just slightly before my time.
But as funny as it might sound, this song has become my “Salvation” theme song. Does anyone else have a salvation theme song? I don’t know. And I guess it really doesn’t matter. I just know, when I listen to this song, it makes me think of where I was before Christ was in my life and where I am with Him in my life. One of my favorite themes in the Bible is the theme of God reaching down and rescuing us from a pit and setting our feet in a spacious, beautiful place. This song always reminds me of the moment when Christ reached down and grabbed my hand. Finally, I was free.