I‘ve been in a reflective mood this week that at times, brings on homesickness and nostalgia. It happens every year around this time. Why? April 13th is the official day of my relocating to the U.S. Some of you may know that many crazy moons ago, I went from just being a visitor, to living in the U.S. and while this post will not not share all of the details regarding the move, I’ll just say that it was a bit mysterious and different in that I could only bring a few things with me, and had to leave everything I knew and loved, including relatives, my two dogs that I had wonderful adventures with, a cat who was my partner in crime against the dogs 🙂 and my friends. So, over the years, this week has become a time of reflecting on my life – how it’s been, the directions, twists and turns taken, my guilt, my happiness, my goals, etc. Several of my friends tried to help by saying, “take it to God”, “let Him take charge of your heart”, and other similar phrases. While I appreciate them wanting to help, I don’t share the same belief system that they do. This post is also not going to be about my beliefs, lack thereof, etc. or about religions – that’s for another post – but I will say that one thing has been constant in helping my moods to go from questionable to better and that thing is MUSIC! Writing about my thoughts, new poems, and reading always help as well but something about music just takes my mind to a different place immediately, kind of like a scent does, and for that, this post will discuss my music madness this week!

Anywho, as I was feeling nostalgic and whatnot, I started streaming older music that may have been oozing out and through my thoughts and ears thanks to my subconscious spirit side, which apparently, has a sense of humor. Below, I’ll list some of the songs I’ve played this week (with links to youtube videos if you’re curious or want to give ’em a listen) and share the association in my mind for some of them.  Oh, and if you’ll allow me one digression, I will add that when I listened to some of these songs this week, I was reminded of a recent comment that mirrors so many I have heard time and time again while growing up which is, “God you’re being white today”, or “Why do you listen to a lot of white music?”, etc. As an adult, I know that these comments are crazy, prejudiced and asked only by ignorant closed minded people. And yes, it still surprises me that people still say shit like this. But, in true “me” form, my response is equally mature. How so? Here’s a brief digression illustration before the music list:

– Ignoramus Donkey: You listen to a lot of white music!

– Mature Me: I listen to whatever I feel like and you’re ugly. (every now and again I’d mix it up and say, “I like what I like and you’re stupid.”)

…See? Equally mature! So while this may prompt another blog post about “whiteness”, “blackness” and whatever elseness”, let’s let’s get back to my mad music samples. Listed below are several songs that have danced across the sensitive hairs in my ears (heh). They’re in no particular order. I’ll update the list based on what else gets blasted through my headphones and in the car this week! Happy listening and don’t side eye, blank stare, face palm, or judge me!

  •  Abba:
    • Dancing Queen
    • Knowing Me, Knowing You
      (my mom listened to them a lot so they stuck on me)
  • Al Green:
    • Let’s Stay Together
    • How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
      (My very first concert that my parents took me to…yes, really!)
  • The Melodians:
    • Rivers of Babylon
      (my neighbor in Trinidad was a DJ and this was one record – yes, a real vinyl record – he played often that I loved as far back as I can remember. It was like my anthem when I was first moved out of the country).
  • Bob Marley:
    • Redemption Song
    • No Woman No Cry
    • Buffalo Soldier
      (it’s Bob Marley. We all listened to him growing up, as did many other people around the world so not much to say here…)
  • Jim Reeves:
    • He’ll Have to Go
      (no, I don’t really like country music but this just reminds me of what my dad listened to randomly. Wait, IS this country music?? Hmm, I’ll have to google this!)
  • Ricky Valance:
    • Tell Laura I Lover Her
      (see above for country music statement)
  • Diana Ross:
    • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • The Beatles:
    • I Wanna Hold Your Hand
    • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
    • Yesterday
    • Hey Jude
      (another of my mother’s faves. At first I thought they were kinda scratchy sounding and okay but then I really listened to them and love some of their music now. Plus, John Lennon and I share the SAME birthdaaay!!)
  • Mighty Sparrow:
    • Jean and Dinah Medley
    • Congo Man
      (no true Trini can ever leave Mr. Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow of his/her list of fave songs!)
  • Lord Kitchener:
    • Sugar Bum Bum
      (all ah need is ah bottle ah rum fuh this and de mighty sparrow one, boy!!)
  • David Rudder:
    • Bahia Girl
    • The Hammer
    • Bacchanal Lady
      (Soca. Nuff said.)
  • Janis Joplin:
    • Piece of My Heart
      (who doesn’t love Janis?!?)
  • Carole King:
    • It’s Too Late
    • I Feel the Earth Move
  • Marvin Gaye:
    • Mercy, Mercy Me
    • What’s Going On
  • Naughty By Nature:
    • OPP
    • Hip Hop Hooray
  • Queen Latifah:
    • Ladies First (ft. Monie Love)
    • Bad as a Mutha
    • Latifah’s Had It Up To Here
  • REO Speedwagon:
    • Keep On Loving You
    • Take It On The Run
  • Journey:
    • Don’t Stop Believing
    • Faithfully
    • Open Arms
      (ah, 80s cheese pop!)
  • Bee Gees:
    • How Deep Is Your Love
    • How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
    • Words
  • Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton:
    • Islands in the Stream
    • The Gambler (Kenny Rogers)
    • Jolene (Dolly Parton)
  • Patsy Cline:
    • Crazy
      (this is just a throwback for the mood. I don’t really like this song LOL)
  • Jimi Hendrix
    • Purple Haze
    • Voodoo Child
      (made me at least appreciate all of those fragga-knackle gahdammitted guitar lessons I had to take. Every. Early. Sunday. Morning.)
  • Pink Floyd
    • Another Brick in the Wall
      (made it cool to love rock).
  • Earth, Wind and Fire
    • September
    • Reasons
  • Sade
    • Sweetest Taboo

Care to share any guilty pleasure songs or similar experiences? Am I crazy? Wait…don’t answer that because I already know that I am and damn proud of it!

Music heals. At least it’s healing my nostalgia and curbing my desire to call people “ugly”…a little! 😉




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