Childhood Recollections

1972 in Hawaii. My mother was cool with that fluffy thing on her head!

1972 in Hawaii. My mother was cool with that fluffy thing on her head!

Driving my husband’s car to the Jeep dealership for an oil change while listening to the radio, I am taken away to oblivion ( my childhood) with the sounds of The Doobie Brothers’ 1972 smash hit, “Listen To The Music”. I feel a smile coming on my face naturally.
My girlfriend and I are sitting on the curb waiting for her brother to come pick us up after school. We are in the 4th grade. He arrives in a topless mustang. Her brother can not be much over 16 and he was cool. He knew it and I did too. We hop in and he turns on the radio while we drive off. I am 10 years old and my long hair is blowing in the wind to The Doobie Brothers’ 1972 smash hit, “Listen To The Music.” We live on Schofield Army Base in Hawaii with palm trees all around us. My friend’s brother is definitely trying to show off. He says, “I bet you never heard anything like that before. Have you?” The truth is I had not. My LP collection did not include The Doobie Brothers at the age of 10. I was loving the beat.
As I dropped the car off and headed into the Jeep dealership’s lounge to sit down, the radio in the building started playing you guessed it “Listen To The Music.” The band sings, “….What the people need is to listen to the music….it is a way to make them smile…” I feel a smile coming on my face naturally.
As the mustang eases up to the curb of my military housing where I lived, my girlfriend’s brother says, “See ya later and let me know if you need a ride again.” I stared at him and then said bye. I ran into the house and went upstairs and looked at my record collection and immediately came downstairs to my mom and declared, “Can I get a new record next time we go to the store?” I do not remember what she said, but I do remember my LP collection started having some diversity after that car ride and I was loving the beat.

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14 thoughts on “Childhood Recollections

  1. Jane Fritz

    I am always amazed by the power of music to take me back to a specific time and place. I think it has more power over me that way than anything else. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. metan

    What a great memory 🙂 I wonder what that cool brother is doing these days, I bet he would be thrilled to know he was remembered like that 😀

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      Yeah. It was funny how the day progressed a long with that song in my head and how it took me back to that car ride. There is nothing like riding in a topless car and living in Hawaii- well it was a dream come true and I suppose I was an old soul because I really appreciated that weather over there! I played outside all the time…My mother had to yell for my sister and me to come into the house for supper. Those were the days.

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  3. pinklightsabre

    Went through a serious Doobies phase just over a year ago, including the Michael McDonald era. Really good driving music…nice, fun memories for late February alright. Hallelujah!

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    1. alesiablogs Post author

      They are probably one of my favorite groups. It is amazing how music can take you away from your problems. To me that is a good thing. It is just you and the music and nothing else to think about.

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