Never do I live my everyday life without listening to music. Well, in events like travelling out of town, it is not easy to get a grab of a teevee or radio. Still, I can make the music play out loud inside my head and I would hum along a bit - I don't want to make everyone start staring at me admiringly and beg for my signature if I sing the whole song ;)
I guess I owe my ears for music to my dear mom. She has always liked to listen to the radio or music tape. It is because of her that I know songs like "New York-Rio-Tokyo", "Careless Whisper", or Vina Panduwinata's "Burung Camar" and her other songs, and also Harvey Malaiholo's song collection. In fact, the songs are like tokens of stages of my growth.
"New York-Rio-Tokyo" was a song that remind me of the time when my family and I would go to malls or to my uncle's house on our car on Saturday nights, when we still lived in Surabaya. That's because the tape that contained the song was played more frequently than any other music tapes we had (yeah, like we had had many music tapes), during our journey. I was like 4 or 5 years old at that time.
And then I got Peabo Bryson's song. No, not that Aladdin's soundtrack. I'm talking about Bryson's song that became the theme song of Santa Barbara soap opera. Remember? I can't bring up with the title but I'm sure you know what I mean. The song was like the theme song for my life at the age of 10-12, when I was already in Jakarta and spoke "gue-elo" instead of "aku-kamu".
Woosh... Let's speed to the era of Spice Girls. When Spice Girls released their first album, I was busy preparing for my state university entrance test, or what we all knew as UMPTN. Great song it was to 'spice up' my spirit for studying.
"Leaving on a Jet Plane" was a must-remember song. I have so many songs that I like but I never get to remember the lyrics of any of them, except for this one. I was in my third/fourth year student when the song became a hit, and it was like the right song for me to express my heart sentiment during that full-of-moments-of-broken-heart of time. Not that the lyrics suited to what was happening. It just felt 'right'. And since the song was not so difficult to remember, I chanced to learn and remember it. Yippee! At last, I have a song to sing for karaoke!
Talking about songs to celebrate a broken heart, I find this song very very representative. How about you?