People, let me tell you ’bout my best friend…

 You know how everybody has some little group they fit into throughout life that fits them neatly into a little box and labels them appropriately? Of course, you don’t have one! Because you’re far too cool for that and you reject labels and blah, blah, blah. But assume for a moment that everyone does, I’m sure you can find one to hide in. I’m like you (newsflash: everyone who’s worth knowing is) and jumped around from box to box. I never settled in one, though, which is perhaps the story behind my eclectic mix of friend songs. No real introduction on this one. Instead, I’d like to tell you a couple of stories about my memories of these songs.

Son, can you play me a memory? – songs of friendship

We are Going to be Friends- White Stripes

We all know this song from Napolean Dynamite. Well it’s also the theme song from the first time I tripped on acid. My friend, Jen, and I got into a water gun fight and this song was playing. I honestly thought I was a cat the whole time, though. Go figure.

Pepper- Butthole Surfers

Was playing the first time I had sex. No, not in the butt. But that would be something, wouldn’t it?

Bittersweet SymphonyThe Verve

Reminds me of the good ‘ol days chillin at “The Barn” with my friends. Sometimes I think I was a completely different person back then. Listening to these songs reassures me that I wasn’t, I’ve just grown a little. Well, ok, a lot, but I’m still here.

Round Here- Counting Crows

My first roommate in college, Kira, used to set her alarm to the Counting Crows’ August and Everything After. This is the first song on the album. Every time I hear the first few notes, I think of that first semester and waking up to Counting Crows, S’mores poptarts, and redbull.

Two Step- Dave Matthews Band

I wanted so badly to be one of those cool lesbians who weren’t out, but everyone knew they were gay because they played softball. So I tried really hard to get into that group. I played softball… I listened to Dave Matthews… I wore track jackets…still didn’t fit in. But this song stuck.

Summertime Clothes- Animal Collective

I was a late bloomer in the world of smart phones. But, when I finally got a blackberry, Slacker Radio introduced me to this song. It came into my life at exactly the right time. The weather was summery, I was in school and therefore a party animal, and I couldn’t get enough of Animal Collective.

Baby got Back- Sir Mixalot

I have a lot of good memories associated with this song. I’ll only share my one favorite, though, and it’s just a flash photo in my head of three of my dearest friends, Jen, Bess, and Willy, driving around in a beat up station wagon. Windows down, shades on, blasting this song. Good times. I’ll add (so as not to be too uncharacteristically sentimental) that I am TERRIBLE at Kareoke-ing this song.

Union- Black Eyed Peas

This one was from Leila. She used to walk around campus with speakers blasting this whole album out of her backpack. One night, we ate some shrooms and went down to the lawn. At some point I decided to separate from the group and lay by myself under a tree. Everything was amazing in that moment. The grass was damp, but warm, the stars were swaying in the night sky, the tree above me turned into a giant, colorful peacock and danced just for me. In the distance, there was this song playing from Leila’s backpack. I’ll never forget that.

Us- Regina Spektor

One of my best friends, Susanna, and I, used to get into all sorts of mischief around Dothan and later Seoul. This song is the essence of our entire relationship.

What’s left of the Flag- Flogging Molly

I took Ross to the airport at some point in our relationship. He left a CD in the car that had this song on it. I heard it once and loved it, so I played it again, and then again, and basically the entire drive home. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Pardon Me- Incubus

Ana swore by Incubus, and I looked up to her like she was a rock star. This album got me through adolescence, no lie. So now I swear by Incubus too. Thanks, Ana. Other notables that she introduced me to (circa 6th grade) include A Perfect Circle, Garbage, Pink Floyd (OK, Dad, I know you deserve credit for this, but at the time you were just not as cool as Ana.) 

Basket Case- Green Day

Green Day came into my life long before I had the capacity to appreciate them. My friend, Carolyn, had an older sister whom I will now admit, I had a huge crush on. Yes, even though she terrorized us to no end (she was a teenager and we were maybe 7 or 8). She had three posters in her room right above her amazing water-bed Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, and No Doubt. So, I most likely owe my entirety of awesomeness to Carolyn’s sister. I don’t even know her name anymore!

Tik Tok- Ke$ha

Lauren says I look and sound just like Ke$ha when I’m drunk. Thanks, Lauren? I figured I needed a modern song on this list so.. this will have to do. Before I leave brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack, ’cause when I leave for the night, I ain’t comin’ back!

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