There is always at least one song that can describe your emotions at a certain place or time. That’s why I love music. I am just a fan of music. I have enough rhythm to get me by on the dance floor, but I am in no way a dancer. I love to sing along with the radio in the car, but I am in no way a singer (so, please don’t ever record me). I played piano for five years (that was all a blur), but I am in no way a musician. I am no more than a true fan of music and appreciate the work that dancers, singers, and musicians put into songs and expressing themselves through this art form.
When I look through old photo albums I can easily track my musical time line. There are songs that I will always remember because they represent a significant period in my life. Below are some song and pictures that represent the gist of my musical time line. Enjoy!
1995- I was in kindergarten at this time and remember listening WPGC 95.5 ( located in Washington, D.C.) every morning on my way to school. TLC’s “Waterfalls” was a very popular song at the time and of course I had to learn the lyrics. Unfortunately, it took me two years to finally learn the correct lyrics.
My Version: “Go, go Jason’s waterfalls”
Correct Version: “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”
I don’t even think I understood what the song was about at the time. It all seems so obvious now. What would you expect from a five-year-old ?
1997- I used to be OBSESSED with the Spice Girls. I had the posters, roller skates with matching helmet, Scary Spice doll, gum, anything and everything Girl Power. In fact if you look at my pictures that year I am always doing some sort of lunge towards the camera while holding up the peace sign. Please note the pink leather skort (skirt +short) and vest set, with a Spice Girl necklace in the picture below. I had style. Right? By the way, those Spice Girls had a lot of sexual innuendos in their songs. They had little seven-year-old girls around the world singing about “Two Become One”. Hmph.
1999- I was in fifth grade at this time and feeling like a big shot because I was almost done with elementary school. Eiffel 65′s song “Blue” was really big on the playground. It was a big deal because everyone thought the lyrics were, “I’m blue if I were green I would die”, so there was some tension between kid’s who liked the color blue and kids who liked the color green. I was on the blue side at the time. It was a big deal (everything was a big deal back then). Yes, I know now that those were not the real lyrics. Chanel a.k.a Poopster doesn’t care too much for this song, but for me the memories run deeper than it’s musical content.
2003- I’m actually ashamed to mention this now, but I was a major B2k fan. It was ridiculous. I never liked having posters on my walls because I felt like they were always staring at me, so I wallpapered my closet with B2k, Mario, Bow Bow, and more B2k (J Boog) posters. You can say that I was a bit of a “closet fan”. It’s funny because I always point my finger at the Justin Beiber fans and think of them as crazy and obsessed. Then I remember “when you point one finger at someone else, three more point back towards you”. I can’t judge them because I’m sure if twitter was around back then I would have single handedly made “#IloveJBoog” a trending topic.
2008- All through middle school and high school we had dances and functions that always played the song “Cotton Eyed Joe”. I loathe that song with a passion. I find it annoying. It’s a line dancing song for people who can’t get with “The Cha Cha Slide” or “Electric Slide”. Graduating from high school meant that I would never, ever, ever have to hear that song again. I had to put my computer on mute just to find the video for you.
2008-This was my first year of college and Lil Wayne’s song “A Milli” was pretty popular around campus. In case you don’t know by now my name is Anuli, so when people would introduce me they would say, “Her name is Anuli, like A Milli, Anuli, Anuli,Anuli”. They would also point me out at parties when the “tougher than Nigerian hair” part came up because I also happen to be Nigerian. I eventually ended up making up my own rap to the beat of the song that only two people on the earth have ever heard. All I need now is a good stage name and then maybe I’ll get signed to Young Money. Just kidding. I bet you can’t find me in the picture below. I can hide better than Waldo, plus my hair was different.
2010- To be determined. I looking forward to the rest of the year and the songs that will help create some new memories for me.
I want to hear from you. What songs are on your musical time line?