Thursday, 12 August 2010
I love that when you hear a song, it can transport you to another place, another time.
For instance, when I hear Ben Harper's Fire and Ice, I am taken straight back to The Beach House, doing our bridal waltz, in my wedding frock, as happy as can be.
When I hear Cold Play, I am at the Big Day Out, surrounded by people, singing along to the songs, being warmed by the sun, a few beers into the day.
And last night, when I heard Ben Folds Five's Narcolepsy, I was immediately returned to 1999, to a white 4WD covered in "bull dust", with a fairly dodgey sound system.
The Geege and I had been together for about 2 years and we set off on a 4WD trip around Australia. He planned it meticulously, I just went along for the ride. We took 8 months to cover about 20,000kms and 6 of the 7 states (sadly, we didn't set foot in Western Australia).
We had the best time.
We camped everywhere we went (the fact that our tent never learned to put itself up was one of the reasons we eventually decided to head home).
We drove for miles on red-coloured dirt roads.
The Geege taught me about rock formations (he studied geology at uni).
We learnt about our country and its history and its indigenous people.
We did numerous multi-day bushwalks.
We met people from all over the globe.
We got acquainted with 'grey nomads' and followed the Dunlop K-26 footprint at every major attraction.
We learnt to cook on the open fire.
We gazed at the stars everynight.
We watched birds during the day.
We taught each other things about ourselves.
We didn't have a care in the world.
And by the end of it, we worked out that we were made for each other.
Thanks Ben Folds for the musical memory!
I love that about music.
What songs transport you to another place?