I love the idea of Songlines. The original book was written by Bruce Chatwin but I tend to fall in line with Jimmy Buffett’s camp with his definition in the quote above.
For those of you new to this blog, you probably think I’m going to launch into a list for the soundtrack of my life. But that’s just too predictable and not how we do things here.
Ever since I was a little girl, I had a strange connection to music. My parents like to tell stories about my fascination with the radio. I’m not talking about the fact that I liked to listen to the radio all day (and that weird factoid is still true today!) but I would pretend to be ON the radio.
Apparently, I walked around the house with a hand-held tape recorder and interviewed my parents, my sister and anyone who came over to visit. Later that day, I would play back the interviews and end it with, “and here’s the latest from Neil Diamond” so I could play Sweet Caroline that I recorded earlier that day.
Weird, yeah I know. You didn’t think I got this strange when I hit adulthood and had a kid? I had years in the making of my inner weirdness.
But wait folks … there’s more! Want to know where my first real grown-up job was? My junior year in college I got my first ‘I can’t believe they’re paying me this much to work here’ at a local radio station. I worked in sales at the Top 40 station that all the college kids locked into the first place on their car radio buttons.
I spent the first month learning all the secrets behind the music and voices on the air. I soaked in as much as my college brain could handle. For the next ten years, I found a home in radio. With the exception of accounting, I’ve done just about every job you could imagine at a radio station. I even did a small part on the morning show at our local country station for about a year and half.
Then came that fateful day when the big box store corporations took over my world. I moved to the online division and eventually my frustrations with the way radio was changing caused me to leave and start my own business. That was truly the day the music died.
So you can see, I have my own definition of Songlines. The concept is more than just a YouTube video that we all share on Facebook. It’s about moments. Something in these songs brings us back to that place. It could be joyful, troubled or where ever you are in that moment place. That song takes you there.
And it’s such a special moment that if too many people knew about it, it would ruin the story. Sometimes the song becomes even more extraordinary when you keep it to yourself. You pull it out and look at it when hear you those emotion-filled lyrics mixed in with a familiar melody.
How long did it take for me to understand the meaning of Songlines? About 25 songs.
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