What three songs remind you of a specific time in your life?
(1) Gone by N*SYNC
(2) Do You Believe in Magic? by The O’Jays
(3)The March of the Witch Hunters by Wicked: Original Broadway Cast
Alright, these songs do not remind me of a singular time in my life, they are from three separate times.
First, whenever I hear “Gone” I think of the time when my sister and I shared a room when we were younger. Every night she would fall asleep to either this song, or the Backstreet Boys’ “Spanish Eyes.” I have never been someone who can fall asleep easily; even when I’m tired it takes me forever to fall asleep. So, I would probably be awake for at least the first ten rotations of the track. Because of this, I started to really hate those songs–especially when they would get stuck in my head the next morning.
“Do You Believe in Magic?” reminds me of when I was 11 and ABC Family was Fox Family and Alia Shawkat played a little Jewish girl in the ’60s on a show called State of Grace. I remember watching it became almost a religious experience. I’d quietly watch it in the living room, and then contemplate the deeper meaning of this little half-hour show about these two girls raised on two totally points of the spectrum of normal, but are the greatest of friends. The only reason I downloaded the full version to this O’Jays song was because of this show. Every time I listen to it, it makes me smile.
So, I remember reading an article about Wicked in the New York Times theater after it won seven bajillion (approximately) Tonys. I watched a few clips on the website and decided I loved it and needed to see it the second it came to Kansas City. But it was in it’s heyday at that time and then I realized it wouldn’t be coming anywhere near us until the hype had died down a bit. Luckily, only a couple years later, our band went on a trip to Chicago, and a trip to see Wicked was on the itinerary. So, we went and watched it—and I have to admit it here: I totally cried at the end. I know, I’m such an asshole.
Anyway, everyone else fell in love with Wicked at that time, and bought the cd, and anytime we got into anyone’s car to drive anywhere, even if it was only three seconds away, we would put in Wicked and sing along to “March of the Witch Hunters.” The reason this was the song that was the most fun to sing along to was because Elphaba has this awesome incantation she recites over a boiling cauldron and we’d get really dramatic and sing along to the faux-spell.