Thursday, September 3

In Love with the 80's

Last Saturday morning, I woke up with an unusual craving... not for pickles, chocolate or even a peanut butter and banana sandwich (ooh, sounds pretty good right now, though). This craving was for some good old fashioned 80's jams. Fortunately for me, the activities planned for the day would afford the perfect opportunity! We spent all day Saturday painting our TV room. It used to be this kind of maroon color with gold, spongey... um... action. The house came that way. I promise, we did not sponge our TV room! It was a bit chaotic... and dark... but, now, it is the most lovely shade of blue. It makes me sigh when I walk into that room now... I feel peaceful, light, as though I am floating in a lovely sea of blue, with the seagulls singing above me and the sunshine warm on my face...

Whew - I went somewhere for a minute there! Back now!

So, the painting afforded an awesome opportunity to jam to some good 80's rock. My sweet husband acquiesced and soon we found ourselves dancing to the music! Now, if you at some point, find yourself overcome with this craving as I did. Let me give you the remedy. Create the "Journey Station" on and you will quickly be transported back to the days of neon, big hair and t-top thunderbirds.
Kinda makes you wanna watch Saved by the Bell, doesn't it?! Now, be honest, you know you always wanted to be Kelly Kapowski!

For some of my (ahem) older friends, this musical journey might conjure junior high, high school... maybe, for some of you, even college memories! For me, however, it takes me back to the delightful days of childhood, specifically ages 2-7. When I hear Heart's "These Dreams" or Madonna's "Papa, Don't Preach", I'm immediately whisked back to Saturday mornings dancing in the living room while my mom cleaned the house with all the windows open... She would always play the music loud when she cleaned the house. I can literally smell the freshness of outside, the subtle scent of baking blueberry muffins still hanging on the air and a little bit of Lysol. I can feel the breeze on my face as I twirled around the living room and I can hear my sweet mommy's beautiful voice. When I listen to 80's music, the thing is... I'm not moved by the lyrics or the beat neccesairily. I'm inspired, I'm entertained, I'm moved because of the memories associated... and because, in my head, I hear my mommy's precious voice, singing along.

Isn't she lovely?
What memories do 80's songs conjure for you?


  1. omg, the 80' one of your older friends...that would bring me back to junior high and high i graduated in 89, i would have to say my entire youth was spent in the 80's. the memories are too many to list on a blog comment; but it's everything from school dances, to saling on the great south bay, fire island, ny, crushes on boys, hanging out with friends, screaming out the words to the songs at the top of our lungs, hairspray, tapered leg pants, big socks, drinking beer, drinking anything for that matter, skiing, my old bedroom, robert moses beach field 2...this list is just a start...but i thought i would respond to your question since 80's music evokes more memories then i can even remember!!

  2. Lovin me some 80s rock too! And can't wait to see your new paint job! You decided on blue? I bet it's very happy :).

    I want to be a mom like your mom, cleaning with the windows open and music blasting. What a woman.

  3. Reading your post made me want to paint our living room blue! We actually painted our store a very serene blue color, and it really made the place much brighter and happier.

    As for the 80's, I think of neon anything (t-shirts, bike shorts, etc.) and those little clips that I used to pull my t-shirts through that rested on my hips. Crazy. Oh, and scrunchies, too!

  4. Don't forget our 80's memory of softball and Madonna :-)

  5. I totally felt like I was there when I read this. So sweet!

  6. Chels! I don't know how I missed the fact that you have a blog. Silly, silly me! Love it!

    Hope you're feeling good! Enjoy these days. xoxo