It's called the "reminiscence bump," and it works for songs you heard during first experiences, memories, and feelings from your first 25 years of life (although I'd argue that it lasts longer, please say it lasts longer). I always loved using music in the classroom, and I know my students always enjoyed having music on the background no matter what it was or at what time of day.
For this Friday Five, I'm sharing 5 songs that take me back. Even as I'm typing this I still have no idea how to possibly choose 5, so I'll be as surprised as you at what you read next. ;)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
In 1st grade, three of my best friends and I created a dance and lip-synced to this song at the school talent show. (Well I think it was 1st grade, might need a fact check, Mom.) We were in our pajamas, used the Chipmunks version, and incorporated our sleeping bags into the show. I mean it was pretty much the cutest thing ever. I vividly remember it, and anytime I hear this song, it takes me right back to that stage. Look at my 1st grade sass:
Wide Open Spaces
Really, any song from this Dixie Chicks' album will do it. My mom, friend Brandy (carpool buddy), and I would belt out these songs on the way to and from school every day the second half of 8th grade. I can't believe I'm voluntarily sharing a picture from 8th grade...
I've Got a Feeling
This song instantly fills me with happiness. It was at the top of the charts when my husband John and I got married in July of 2009. The DJ played it at the perfect moment - the dance floor was packed with all of our closest friends, hands in the air, heels kicked-off, singing and jumping all around us. BEST. PARTY. EVER.
Junior year of college. 'Nuff said.
I Love Little Nora
Yeah, so I'm about to get sappy. I don't have a video link for this song because my Dad made it up and sang it to me as he rocked me as a baby and toddler. Even though I don't remember being rocked as a baby (obviously), I do remember this song - the words and the tune. It was always so special to me, and now I have changed the lyrics, and I sing it to my sweet baby boy Beckett. My Daddy and I:
My dear friends Tracy at the Caffeinated Counselor and Kimmie at Elementary Nerd are joining me for this fun Friday link-up! Be sure to visit their pages to see their 5 songs, and share yours by commenting below!