I love that particular songs can bring you right back to a place in time. A song can stir a particular emotion each and every time you hear it's melody dance into your ears. Tonight as I was revamping my sleepy time playlist I threw on some Sufjan Stevens and instantly my mind was flooded with memories of the summer of 2004 living in a dinky little hotel room at the El Caribe in Daytona Beach, Florida. I was on summer project and I had just finished my sophomore year at Cal Poly. To this day it's still somewhat baffling that I signed up for a summer project because I scarcely knew what they were about or what I'd be doing but I am so glad that something did stir in my heart to lead me on that journey there.
During my first couple of weeks there, I celebrated my 20th birthday there and I recieved a care package with a couple of burned Sufjan cds. I instantly fell in love with his music and it wasn't long after that I was sharing this discovery with my new dear friends, Emily, Hannah, Renee and Katie. Emily and I were roommates in what was affectionately known as "The Cave." The room wasn't much, just the one queen sized bed that we shared all summer, a tiny kitchen and a bathroom. Every night Emily and I would crank up the AC and play the Seven Swans album as we drifted off to sleep. The cd was not only beautiful music, but was helpful to drown out the sounds of the busy A1A highway outside of our window and the steady hum of the air conditioner. The songs from that cd, along with many other songs, have created a soundtrack to my life that summer. It was a summer where I made some incredible friendships built on Christ, and laughter and sisterly love. It was a summer where I fell in love with Jesus and the Word in a fresh and life changing way. Summer 2004 was life-changing for me. Just sitting here writing about it now makes my eyes well up with tears to think about what an impact that made on my life. Some of my fondest memories and most beloved friends were made that summer.
Years later I heard the song "The Dress Looks Nice on You" by Sufjan Stevens played as my dear friend Emily walked down the aisle to be married to a really wonderful man. It had then, as it does tonight, an emotional effect as I remember and thank the Lord for my life and the cherished memories I have from Daytona Beach.
I feel so blessed to have had that chance to sit and reflect on that summer and those sweet times tonight...and it was all thanks to a song I threw on my sleep playlist!
So what song or cd does that for you? I'd love to hear.
Until next time,