I don’t listen to the radio much these days. I typically listen to KJLH on Sunday’s but that’s about it. Kind of recently I began listening to Pandora from my iPhone at work. I figured out how to create stations etc. but prior to that, I just listened to whatever would play. So, I was listening to some music and they started playing hits from the 90’s when I was in my early teens. It’s funny how certain songs have a way of triggering memories. Let’s recap some of my silly memories, shall we…
I must have been about nine when “All I do is think of you” by Troop came out. My brothers and I shared a room which of course gave me an all access pass to snooping through all of my older brother’s really cool stuff. I hit the jackpot because I found his shoe box of mixed tapes he had made. That was way back when to you had to make a mixed tape by spending hours in front of the radio waiting for your favorite songs to come on so you could hurry up and press record and play just in time. And it was death to whomever came into the room and interrupted the process. I’m getting a little annoyed thinking about it now. LOL I’m kidding. I won’t even mention how when the tape would get stuck in the player I would have to wind it back up with a pencil. LOL! Where was I? Oh yes, I found his box of mixed tapes and inside was a mixed tape of Troop. I popped that bad boy in and was instantly captivated. I remember listening to this song over and over and over again over the course of several days and writing the lyrics down so that I could memorize them for my live performance on stage. Stage = big wooden table in directly across from a huge window. So, I finally memorized all of the lyrics (yes I still know them today) and held my solo concert (with zero attendees) on that table. It was hysterical. I’ll have you know that I did the exact same thing with Lisa Stansfield’s “Been Around the World” thank you very much.
When I was in high school I vividly remember sitting in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord as this kid attempted to woo me with his so called rapping talents while he played his mixed tape of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “First of the Month”. That was when all that “fast-rapping” for lack of a better term was hot. I had no clue what in the world they were saying. I remember thinking how pathetic it was and where I could been better spending my time. I do remember that the guy had really nice handwriting though. LOL
In college, TLC’s “Scrubs” was the hit. Of course the guys hated it when us girls would drive by blaring this song especially when one of the guys was in the “passenger side trying to holla at me” LOL I couldn’t resist. It was one of those summertime songs that started an instant dance party no matter where you were. The Hubs remembers those days. He hated “Scrubs” but at least he wasn’t in the passenger side. LOL
And who can forget SWV’s infamous “I Get So Weak”. I made it a personal goal of mine to memorize all of the words to the hook on this song. Even when I hear it today, I can’t pass up the opportunity to sing it out loud (or in my head depending on who’s around) just to make it known that I still got it. LOL