Because Songs Matter


So, I’ve decided to do this facebook 30 Day Song Challenge (you can see previous days here)thing and I figured I’d do it here on ninebullets. Feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comments section. So, without further ado:


This one is easy. When I turned 16 I was unleashed upon the world with a 1800 pound torpedo (car) and a license to man it. Well, as 16 year olds are prone to do, I drove it at high speeds while listening to music at high volumes. And, as 16 year olds are also prone to do, one night, whilst driving at a very high rate of speed and listening to music at high volumes, I attempted to occupy a space that was already occupied by another car.

The collision itself has been saved in my memory in as a collection of snapshots rather than a moving memory. Car, brakes, collision, other car’s rear wheels up on the hood of my car, broken brake lights, bloody hand, smoke from skidding tires and then stillness. I was in a complete daze and confused having never been in a car accident but I clearly remember that when I went back to get the keys out of the car the tape player was dutifully playing this song at very high volume. Now, whenever I hear the song I think back to that night and remember how amazed I was that the tape player was still playing like nothing had even happened.

The Violent Femmes - Add It Up     

What song reminds you of a certain event?


  1. April 14, 2011    

    Shortly after my father passed away, I heard “Between Days” by Red House Painters on the radio and it somehow came to me that two of those things will be connected from now on.

  2. April 14, 2011    

    When I was in high school, my younger brother bought a shitheap VW bug from this sketchy older guy — “sketchy” in the sense of “had some issues with the law over heavy breathing calls to women” — and there was a copy of this tape in the glove box. Played the shit outta that tape.

  3. Horace Collier Horace Collier
    April 14, 2011    

    I got in a car accident when I was 18, listening to Darkness on the Edge of Town, I think “Adam Raised as Cain.” Shoddy breaks. Awesome song. I remember picking the shards of my Florida Marlins front lisence plate off the road and knowing that somehow I would never have one of those again.

  4. troutwithout troutwithout
    April 14, 2011    

    Three Little Birds by Bob Marley reminds me of my move to Florida ten years ago. It was appropos as I was leaving everything I knew behind to start a new life. “Dont worry ’bout a ting, Every little ting gonna be all right” and it was!

  5. Nick Nick
    April 20, 2011    

    The first show I ever went to was Avail and Connection has always stuck in my memory

  6. lisa lisa
    April 20, 2011    

    I know the entire album was playing during the “event that only happens once in your life” but I totally remember hearing only one song, Pink Floyd ” pigs on the wing”.

  7. CockEyedDonkey CockEyedDonkey
    April 27, 2011    

    Anything by the Black Crowes –
    The Vic…back when you could smoke inside…sitting in the balcony in a storm cloud of pot smoke. I swear I saw Jerry Garcia on stage, and I’m not even a fan of the dead.

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