A Jolt Back Into The Past

Ever listen to the radio (or to your collection of mp3s) and hear the song that jolts you back to when the song first came out?

I just turned on my iPod (while new to me, it’s actually a refurbished 40 Gigabyte 4Gen iPod) and turned it to my collection of Tori Amos tunes (all legal, as I have the CDs they come from). The third song in the list was “Silent All These Years.”

When “Silent…” came up, everything stopped. I remembered first driving a cab around Lansing Michigan and she would come up on the “Women’s Show” on WDBM Sunday. I’d listen to that show just for her; and when the radio station stopped doing their “Women’s Show” I ended up buying her CDs. Both the first two CDs of hers, plus the “Crucify” single (the one with the Garlic Necklace and her kick-ass version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”).

I lost track of her right after Boys For Pele (her third album). I actually went to a coffeehouse to listen to it on its release night; found myself turned off by the music (the repetition of the piano parts turned me off). Don’t ask me about the words, all I remember is her bawking like a chicken at the end of one of the songs (Oh Yeah; and “Caught A Light Sneeze” was an OK single)

Been a while since I kept up with her. I’m sure the library has plenty of her stuff, maybe I can catch up with her there.

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