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In the past week, The Second Disc has had a lot to say, whether it was about Prince, Scott Walker, Huey Lewis and The News or a few others. Every now and then, it’s nice to turn the lens around to you, the reader, because we all have different songs and artists filling our head at any given time.

We lead you to the weekend by throwing to another bit of open-ended discussion. Most of us were likely, in the words of Journey, raised on radio. For many of us, the dial in our car dashboard or the boxy stereo on our back porch was the gateway to the music we still desire today.

Yes, the radio has seen better days. Video easily supplanted it in the 1980s, and our increasing digital dependency has impacted our listenership over time. With the advent of cloud-based music systems or something like iTunes, the notion of terrestrial radio probably doesn’t grab you like it once did.

But the great thing about technology is that sometimes it can unlock memories we almost forgot we had. Not too long ago, I was making my usual daily rounds on Pandora, and a familiar-sounding track came on: Howard Jones’ “Everlasting Love,” a decent-sized hit from 1989. When that chorus kicked in, somehow, something was unlocked in my head. Nothing major, but a realization that, years and years ago, before I knew much about reading or writing, I had heard that song on a radio.

I don’t know how or why I decided to pull that memory out of the subconscious, but I did. And it was a good feeling. Everyone has days like that, where a song pulls you back to a particular moment and makes you remember something you may not have before. And it’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? A reminder that, in spite of the twists and turns life may throw us, there’s always that one song ready to change our minds and hearts.

As we head into a new weekend, The Second Disc asks you, the valued reader, to reflect on a song that brings you back to a memorable moment. If you like, do share it in the comments, and allow us to create or unlock some memories of our own.

Written by Mike Duquette

June 11, 2010 at 15:42

Posted in Features, Open Forum

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