January 6, 2009
Yesterday while driving, “Maybe it Was Memphis” came on the radio. Pam Tillis gets decent rotation on XM, as do all of the nineties stars. It was that song that got me into country music in the first place, a good eighteen years ago.
I listened to it all the way through, which I don’t do that often anymore. I’ve heard the song thousands of times, and I know every nuance of it. Once in a while, I can get pulled into its intensity again, but nothing like when I first discovered it.
It reminded me of an old Roger Ebert movie review, where he describes a comment made by a college English professor:
I had a professor in college who knew everything there was to know about “Romeo and Juliet.” Maybe he knew too much. One day in class he said he would give anything to be able to read it again for the first time.
Hence, tonight’s question:
What songs do you wish that you could hear again for the first time?
(And if you’ve yet to hear “Memphis” for the first time, enjoy the clip.)