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February 10th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal

Sunday was the 50 anniversary of the Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, their first in North America. (That day also happened to be my mother’s 17 birthday – pretty cool birthday present, though she says you couldn’t really hear them).

When I was 12 my mother gave me Help! for my birthday and from that point I was Beatles obsessed. I bought myself A Hard Days Night and memorized it end to end.

I will always be a Beatles fan.

I will always be a music fan, with different songs and bands to take me right back to a moment in my life.

When I was going back to university and starting my life over at 23, unsure of whether it would work this time it was Simple Plan (much to Joe’s dismay).

When I moved to Regina for a month, away from my new husband, trying to find a job, it was Keane.

Raise a Little Hell will always put me in the front row at a hockey game, I’m Yours will put me at my wedding, ready to start a new life.The Luckiest will always, always take me back to that moment that Joe sent it to me over IM at the very beginning of our relationship – tingly and wanting to be together all the time. Love Reign O’er Me will always put me in my daughter darkened nursery, trying to rock her to sleep.

I have songs in my library that I don’t listen to often if ever, but they’re there because they define a memory.

It amazes me that music can put you in a moment like that, something that maybe the songwriter had no idea they were connecting to. These people will never know the times they define in someone’s life.

 

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