Memorable moments in/with Music

There’s a couple different ways (that I can think of offhand) that this could be taken. Feel free to run in either direction!

A. From a “story” perspective.
(How a song became permanently associated with a memory)

B. From a “musician’s” (or historical) perspective.
(When technology changed the popular landscape, or a ‘natural evolution’ [read as: generational shift] occurred.)

I’ll kick it off with an example of each!

I was coming back from a friend’s house (in high school), and living at “the edge of civilization” means driving on “unpaved” roads. instead, they spread oil, and then drop fresh rock/gravel onto the surface, and it takes time for that to “become one” with the preexisting road surface. The length of time this takes to finalize varies dependant on a number of things, but mostly, the amount of traffic on that given path of travel.

Anyways, I’m coming back from a friend’s house, a town or two over, and I’m taking the back farm roads… Tooling along about 50mph, Jammin’ on the radio, when suddenly, the road surface changed without warning. The next thing I know, I’m doing 360’s (3 of them on the road) and the final one as I headed off the surface and into the open field on the left side of the road.

What was on the radio the whole time this was happening you ask?

Permanently ingrained ever since. LMAO.

Given it was a front wheel drive (1980 VW Rabbit, diesel no less) stick, I did try to down shift… But that only made things worse (since it DOES NOT APPLY when you’re on loose gravel). Anyways, the linkage was roasted, but I was able to limp home on 2nd and 4th gears!

I hated that car, as it had NO personality, but I LOVED getting 50mpg on it, and the fact that I got free fuel by swapping the local truck stop pizza for a fillup (since I worked at pizza hut during HS!) LMFAO

On another note. One of my favorite musical shifts occurred with the transition from the Def Leppard era (80-83/84) into the tastefully applied keyboards in Night Ranger!


Precision marching band;

Ok, so I’m with the 7th Army band and we are doing a parade in Augsburg Germany. I forget how many wide and deep we are. As we are marching by, a German hands a bottle of whiskey to the bandsman at the right - front of the formation. He passes it down the row and it gets passed from row to row working it’s way along the band. The person at the right- rear of the formation hands the empty bottle back to the same German. Priceless!!!


Skidding on black ice, totally forgot to steer into the skid. Literally just lifted my hands and feet and free-sailed until I hit a farmers wall…and this (I kid you not) was playing:

Musical shifts…I’m stuck in the 70’s/80’s - nothing has really wowed me since. Although I suppose when Eminem hit the scene, I shifted slightly into more modern times :rofl:

Cool topic @Sprkslfly :ok_hand:


I’m visiting a friend in San Jose and we are on our way to highway 1. The hair on the back of my neck stands up and I tingling sensation runs up my back and over my head. I realize we are “riding the snake”. Postmortem, I have gotten into Jim Morrison’s head. The rhythm, tempo, everything fits as we wind down the hillside. Nothing on the radio but “The End” blaring in my head.


Everyone has a sex music memory or two so I won’t go there.

Let’s see… Well, @Sprkslfly will remember this station… I remember listening to KLOU Oldies 103 (when oldies meant 50’s and 60’s oldies anyway) on a crummy, tinny transistor radio with my Dad as we finished our basement as a young kid. I do miss him a lot. He would sing along with the Elvis ones and whistle the rest. Annoyed the hell out of me then, but I’d sure love to hear it today.


I was leaving my village heading into town, on the outskirts of my village there is a long
straight of road no houses.
The police had set up a speed trap there, i was doing 40mph in a 30mph zone so i got stopped.
Got a £60 fine and 3 penalty points
This was blasting out my radio


Last time @SmilingOgre was shopping he had this playing on his ipod


I would have guessed Green Manalishi… :wink:


I alternate. Sometimes I feel a little “Disco”


It’s a stretch of rainy German Autobahn and A semi full of I don’t remember what.

I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel
It’s my baby callin’, says I need you here
And it’s a half past four and I’m shiftin’ gear


Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn

Vor uns liegt ein weites Tal
Die Sonne scheint mit Glitzerstrahl

Die Fahrbahn ist ein graues Band
Weisse Streifen, gruener Rand

Jetzt schalten wir ja das Radio an
Aus dem Lautsprecher klingt es dann:
Wir fah’rn auf der Autobahn



It was the dude with sugar cubes with the big purple dot on them that whupped our assssssssses
Radstadion Friesheim, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany 
1975 Alice Cooper.