Saturday, May 21, 2005

I go back

Harvey got me thinking when he stated that a particular band (Autograph)I was enjoying was “form without substance, body without soul”. You know what? He was right. But wasn’t that basically the 80’s in a nutshell? I wasn’t out trying to save the world or reach an enlightened state of mind. I just wanted to be with friends, hang out on the beach, chase girls, keep my car running, chase girls, play ball and chase girls. Not particularly noble, but it's the truth. So when I hear certain songs from this era, I'm not focusing on the message, I'm remembering a place in time. You could say that their lack of substance and soul, in some way, however small, gave me substance and shaped my soul and I feel like a better man for it. Kenny Chesney sums it up pretty well in his song “I Go Back”. “I go back to the smell of an old gym floor The taste of salt on the Carolina shore After graduation and drinkin goodbye to friends And I go back to watchin summer fade to fall Growin up too fast and I do recall Wishin time would stop right in its tracks Everytime I hear that song, I go back, I go back We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives Takes us to another place and time” There are books and movies that do the same thing. Why just last night I was watching Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory………..