Off Topic- think of days gone by

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Do you ever hear a song and it just transports you to a completely different time and place? Either the first time you heard it always comes up in your head when you hear the song being played, or else the song itself is just the perfect expression of how you felt at a certain moment in time? If so- which ones and why?
    For me there are two:
    Maggie May by Rod Stewart. For some reason every time I hear that song I am once again in High School- but not in HS- rather I am laying in my bed looking at my clock radio as I wake up on a school day. (I can't remember why- I assume that some DJ on WAAF must have played that song a few times at the same time every morning - "wake up Maggie I think I have something to say to you.Late September and I really should be back in school"...) For the first few seconds whenever I hear that play on the oldies station- it's 1971 and I am again 15 years old. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xz129_rod-stewart-maggie-may_music
    Hold Me,Thrill Me, Kiss Me, by Mel Carter. I'm not old enough to have appreciated this song the first time it came out in 1965 (I was 9 ok!) but when I saw the movie "We Were Soldiers" and they play this song in a scene where the Bn is having a dance prior to deployment it struck me that this scene and song captured the feeling I had so perfectly that it almost physically transported me to the airfield saying goodbye to my wife and new baby son. I went out,bought the best of Mel Carter, and now when I hear this song- I have hair, my wife is as beautiful as always but 19 years younger and my son is not yet walking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjPkZvzAOnk

    So how about you? What music brings you back to a different world?
     
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  2. bsa07eagle

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    Well...I'm not quite as old as that (sorry Bruno), but I do have moments of reflection especially when I hear certain music. I think my top 2 would have to be; If Today Was Your Last Day- Nickelback, This song reminds me of all the regrets that I have and inspires me to try harder next time.

    Another song that makes me feel really young (funny I know), is a song my dad used to play all the time by Sweet Comfort Band; Ice Breaker. I think he had that record player stuck on repeat with this song.

    Music is such a powerful too for just about anything. It can make you feel many different emotions just by turning it on.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Hmm....a couple come to mind immediately:

    1. "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. This was the theme "song" for USAFA Basic Cadet Training 1979; my "beast" and always brings back memories of heading to Jack's Valley!

    2. "The Wanted Man" by Styx. Back in "olden days" at USAFA, there was a ritual "rite of passage" known as "Hell Week." It has since been done away with as it was mostly "borderline hazing" and too many people ended up in the clinics/hospital. My class's hellweek started after academics were over in the early afternoon one week. Music was a KEY component of Hell Week and played a huge psycological "part" of the event. In my squadron, all the doolies returned to the squadron, were told to "clean your rooms, they're a mess" and when we entered our rooms the doors were shut behind us. And sure enough, our rooms had been TRASHED by the upperclasses. And then the stereo's began playing various songs, VERY loud.

    And then it was silent, and then we hear "The Wanted Man" start...and all was quiet except this song and it was VERY loud. When it got to the refrain "...hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don't have very long....GO!!!!"

    The doors flew open, the upperclasses stormed in, and Hell Week began! I still get a serious case of "goose pimples" when I hear this song, and my wife simply says "I do no understand why it still affects you like that, it was 29 years ago!"

    It's something I can't explain to folks, but anyone that had one of the "old Hell Weeks" will understand.

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  4. hockeyguy21

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    Another place and time eh? As I move through my fifties, my memories of my childhood come back when least expected.

    1968-Driving through pre-I95 Delaware at 4am for a day of fishing. Jim Reeves playing on the radio, my Dad humming along, "He'll have to go", or Leroy VanDyke, "Walk on bye".

    Having my Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young album confiscated by my 9th grade teacher as "hippie music". lol

    "Crazy train" by Ozzie, as I go off to play hockey... ahhhhh
     
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  5. Bullet

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    I don't know why, but every time I deployed to Incirlik AB, the theme from "Midnight Express" starting going through my head. Just hearing it today brings back those "awesome" memories of that "wonderful" place. (He says shuddering, and remembering to "circle to the right").

    And for me, every time I "crossed the line", either in Northern Watch or the Student Gap at Red Flag to a myriad of other places, the opening guitar notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" by GNR starting playing in my mind.

    I'm weird like that, I guess. Or maybe it's "how I roll"... :shake:
     
  6. gunner1zeus

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    ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pink Floyd

    We played this song almost non-stop while on the busses for Senior class trip (do they still do those) Our class trip was a week at Daytona Beach. turning 60 farm kids loose in the party capitol of the east probably not a good idea. I enjoyed it! On the trip home the busses were relatively quite guess graduation was on most minds, mine was on the fact that 5 days after graduation I would start basic training at Ft Benning. Memories:cool:
     
  7. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I don't think I ever met anyone who knew the words to Hell's Bells before!
    When I was a Company Commander my company adopted the George Thoroughgood song- "Bad to the Bone". My personal deployment tune though was always the Beach Boy's : "The Sloop John B". (I want to go home, I want to go home, yeah, yeah, this is the worst trip I've ever been on!")
     
  8. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Welcome to the Jungle is now the USAFA BCT/Recognition theme song, along with Du Hast by Ramstein.

    Reveille still gets the heart beating a little faster on some days.:rolleyes:
     
  9. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Sometimes you wake up and discover that your childhood really is gone & people and things that you really felt close to are gone for good. I was sorry to see that Mary Travers of "Peter, Paul & Mary" died yesterday.They made some classics that I am sure will be sung by Daddies or Mommies to their children long after the last of the Baby Boom generation are confined to their walkers- "Puff the Magic Dragon"; "Leaving on a Jet Plane"; and perhaps not as well known but one of the sweetest songs I can think of -"Poem for Erika":

    I'll walk in the rain by your side
    I'll cling to the warmth of your tiny hand
    I'll do anything to help you understand
    I'll love you more than anybody can

    And the wind will whisper your name to me
    Little birds will sing along in time
    The leaves will bow down as you walk by
    And morning bells will chime

    I'll be there when you're feeling down
    To kiss away the tears if you cry
    And I'll share with you all the happiness I've found
    A reflection of the love in your eyes

    And I'll sing you the songs of the rainbow
    Whisper of the joy that is mine
    The leaves will bow down when you walk by
    And morning bells will chime


    http://www.rhapsody.com/peter-paul-and-mary/peter-paul-mommy-too
     
  10. xchefmike

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    Oh the 80's

    Van Halen's "Why cant this be love" Newport News Shipyard when Ike was in DD.
    John Parr's "St Elmos' Fire" VA Beach just after I got my Motorcycle riding over the bay bridge from a "WE FINANCE E-1 and above" joint. I never was so broke or had so much fun! I think that allotment just got paid for last week:biggrin: 20+ later JK

    Tears For Fear's Everybody want to rule the world" OS "A" school

    Rush,,, anything Rush.... First "how many sailors can we fit into an apartment" crash pad. We had 2 on the lease but 10-12 were making the rent payments on a 2 bed TH.

    Phil Collins Hot steamy LONELY nights driving aimlessly around VA beach at 3-4 in the morning, cause I did't need to sleep when i was that age.
     
  11. AF6872

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    Wow. I read the thread and started looking for an electric chair powered by taxpayer money. Anyone remember some guy named Elvis?:thumb:

    Country Joe And The Fish: (One, Two, Three) Saw Woodstock and Green Berrets back to back at outdoor theatre in NKP as Spooky, Shadow, Candlesticks and AIE's were running down the tarmack for strikes on the trail. Entertainment Officer had a sense of humor. Bob Hope came a few months later but I was TDY and missed the show.

    Neil Diamond: "Kentucky Woman" Don't ask.

    The Doors: "Wild Child" I originally could not stand them but learned to like the music after repeated indoctrination.

    Any Beach Boys: Great show even if Mike Love is about 100.

    Jimmy Buffett: Any Where



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  12. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Well...if you understand the reason to take a hit of "Weed"...

    Hmm...not sure what that has to do with anything but...

    MOSTLY those are pretty excellent songs/bands though! And BBoys and Buffet???

    They just go together like PB&J!

    Steve
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  13. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    To clarify....

    That was "Jeremiah Weed" and nothing nefarious!
     
  14. gunner1zeus

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    STEVE
    thank you for the clue of "Jeremiah" that enabled me to do a web search and find out what the mysterious "weed" is.
    I had asked several folks on the site no response like it's a secret.
    I always knew the Air Force was spoiled but their own call brand of hooch, I am impressed.

    Green Grass and High Tides (title was questionable)
    at the EM club at Great Lakes
    gave me lots of memories and a hate for 3.2 beer.:wink:
     
  15. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    It's fighter pilot nectar!

    Just tastes...

    Well, its unique.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  16. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Ah, Desu...Awamori...Hai, ichi Ban! :thumb:

    Of course...HABU SAKE!!!! :worship:

    Ahh...the fun of Gate #2 to "BC Street" (has another name now) at Kadena and the local establishments near by. And the tour of the Orion brewery in Nago was quite nice too!

    Orion: http://www.orionbeer.co.jp/top.html

    Picture of Habu Sake (it's actually an Awamori also, but with a bigger bite): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...,_awamori_flavoured_with_snakes_and_herbs.jpg

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  17. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Orion, let me see if I get this right.....it is pronounced or-E-on. I think that is it...

    HAI! :thumb:

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  18. Tru3Flight91

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    Songs that really leave an impression on me:

    Glycerine by Bush (Glycerine)
    This song really means alot to me.

    Call Me by Shinedown (Call Me)
    This is a real good explanation of who I am and what I am.

    The Way I Am by Staind (The Way I Am)
    Yet another song that explains me and how i think.

    and lastly Rest of My Life by Unwritten Law (Rest Of My Life)

    These are the songs that affect me the most, there all pretty recent too, except Glycerine which came out on the album Sixteen Stone in 1994.
     
  19. jamzmom

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    Man you guys are scary. Remind me I can never hang out with ya'll. :wink:
     
  20. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Mine just rolls her eyes, mutters something about "...and I outranked you when we met...what WAS I thinking..." :eek:

    And then she just wanders off mumbling to herself.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
    A BLESSED man!
     

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