One of my best friend told me that I am an auditory person. I work best through “audio”. That translates into listening, talking…I even write according to how I talk. No wonder that if I listen to something it stuck in my memory. Not just the voice but all the atmosphere.
Just today, I happened to listen to U2 With or Without You and my mind goes straight to Ross and Rachel’s moment of breakup in “Friends”..aren’t we all? 😉
Then I started to test my memory with a few other songs…I came up with a very interesting walk of memory lane 🙂
1981 – 1983
My earliest memory is an Indonesian song called Symphony Yang Indah by one of Indonesia’s Great Singer, Bob Tutupoly. This song was my dad’s favorite song. I still remembered the cover of its cassette. It has a corn like shape. Amazingly, I Googled it and…voila…found it! Listening again to this song now, I still vividly remembered the tape that we used to play it with in the living room from our first house 🙂
1984 – 1985
Another song that will also bring me back to the early eighties is You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi…One of my neighbor used to sing this song loudly…even in a rather jumbled words 🙂
1984 – 1987
Then during my primary school I listened mostly Indonesian songs. The only means to get to know popular songs were radio and TV. But, Michael Jackson, Madonna were huge that even without MTV and we only had a few channels on TV we still know their songs.
1988 – 1989
As I enrolled to Junior High Schools, I started to buy cassettes with my pocket money. One of the first cassettes that I bought was Repeat Offender from Richard Marx. I love that album so much. I think it was in 1990. That same year like most girls in Indonesia, I came to know Tommy Page. Yes, him haha…bought all his cassettes too 😉
Come 1990 I became NKOTB fan. I remembered watching the video with my little sister. We were crazy about NKOTB! Pin, posters, T-shirts you name it. Too bad I did not put them properly…
The 90’s was also the glam rock era, when my brother started to influence me with Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, even Metallica :)) What a range rite, from squeaky clean boy band to Rock Metal.
Mane Attraction – White Lion especially You’re All I Need. It was a really special song for me as it was played in my Junior High School Farewell Party.
The song Whenever You Close Your Eyes from Tommy Page reminded me of the time when I went Camping as part of High school freshmen inauguration
Definitely the year of Guns n’ Roses with Twin Album Use your Illusion I and Use your Illusion I. One rainy day sometimes in 1992, my classroom got leaky roof and the guys started singing November Rain :))
1993 Belong to Bryan Adams So Far So Good Album.
Big Ones Album – Aerosmith and What’s the Story Morning Glory – Oasis!
1996 – You and I – Scorpion
1997 – 1998 – Savage Garden’s self entitled first album with songs like Truly Madly Deeply and To the Moon and Back –
In this period I also bought Come on Over Album from Shania Twain. I remember every song by heart 😉
1998 – Postcards from Heaven – Lighthouse Family
High is my favorite song from this album. And it was played when I was cruising the highway in Jakarta to the Airport as I about to depart to the UK on 5th October 1999! The driver played the song in the car. It was such a moment. I was torn between the excitement of embarking into a new life but also apprehension of leaving everything behind.
1999 – definitely belong to Backstreet Boys Millenium and Celine Dion’s All the Way…a Decade of Song!
2000 – 2004
One of only a few album that I bought while I was studying in the UK was Affirmation Album from Savage Garden. Listening to the song Crash and Burn reminded me of my friends Yatti, Julien and Vincent. We were having lunch at Yatti’s place when the music video of Crash and Burn played on TV.
2002 – Pure Shores – All Saint…watched The Beach with special someone
During this period I also listened a lot of British Music. Ranging from boyband such as Westlife and Blue, to Coldplay, to Dido.
Justin Timberlake’s Like I love You was my polyphonic ringtone for my first handphone
There were also period when I got really holed up in my flat just trying to finish up my Ph.D. The songs that really get my going was: Train – Drops Over Jupiter, 3 Doors Down – Here Without You, The Calling – Wherever you Will Go.
2004 – 2008
Lots of Beyonce, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry etc
Had a chance to go for a 2 weeks training in Japan. During this time I get to watch Mama Mia – the Movie. It really made me fell in love with ABBA 😀 Most importantly, I fell in love with Daniel Powter Album Under the Radar. The songs from this album such as Next Plane Home, Love You Lately, Best of Me accompanied me during those days in Kumamoto Japan.
I lost my dad suddenly in March 2010. During this time I listened songs from Michael Jackson’s – Gone Too Soon and Owl City’s – Vanilla Twilight, Daughtry’s – Life after You.
In 2012 I went for International Visitor Leadership Program, and Jessie J’s song Domino really dominated the airwaves. I heard it many times during the trip
Well, thats my list, what are yours? Perhaps not too different from mine 🙂