As my regular readers know, every Friday I pick a song or several songs for a Flashback Friday post. This week, I thought I’d shake things up a bit and give a blogger a chance to tell us about some music from their past. This week, Lisa A. from the Life Of An El Paso Woman blog steps up to the mic to talk about several songs from her past. As my first guest DJ for Flashback Friday, I’m sure she will bring the heat! And here we go…
Songs and Memories from My Past
By Lisa Amaya
I’ve listened to all types of music throughout my life. One of my uncles got me into Van Halen and Michael Jackson in the early 80’s. My parents are jazz, pop and classic rock aficionados. One of their favorite bands back then and today is Journey. My friends were into rap and alternative rock. As a teenager, I grew up listening to Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Mexican music, the list goes on!
We all go through different phases in life. I’d like to share a few of my favorite songs and memories growing up in El Paso, Texas. El Paso is a border town 45 minutes away from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Going to Juarez was a huge part of my childhood. It meant eating delicious and inexpensive food. It meant going to the mall with the huge ice skating rink and movie theater. Visiting the mercado (market) was always a must. I always wanted to eat the sweet and delicious fruit at the mercado. When I was a student at New Mexico State University, partying in Juarez was a big deal. I was kind of a late bloomer because I wasn’t crossing over in high school. Thursdays were known as College Night and Drink and Drown. Drink and Drown meant you could drink as much as you wanted for $10. Anyway, getting back to the songs and memories…
One of my all-time favorite musicians as a small child was Michael Jackson. Thriller is still one of my favorite albums today. It has several great songs that are still played on the radio! I liked Michael Jackson so much, my grandparents and mom threw me a Michael Jackson-themed birthday party when I turned 3. A Michael Jackson impersonator came to my house to perform. A Michael Jackson pinata was bought. I have the photos stashed away somewhere! It will always be a birthday party I’ll never forget!
At about 13, I started listening to rap and hip-hop. Quite often, I hung out with the wrong crowd at school. I hung around cholas (gangsters/thugs). I did some things I’m not proud of but..I’m happy to say I’m not dead or in jail like others I knew. Tupac is still one of my favorite rappers today. His lyrics continue to be meaningful. It’s a tragedy he passed away too soon at such a young age.
Getting your heartbroken is an unfortunate part of life. I had my heart broken for the first time in high school. I had my first serious boyfriend at 14 years old. This Nine Inch Nails song got me through my first heartbreak. Nine Inch Nails always puts on a great show. I’ve been lucky to see them perform twice in El Paso.
I’m not much of a Green Day fan but this is one of my favorite songs of theirs. The lyrics and sound are mellow sounding. This was my high school graduation song back in 2000. I hope you have the time of your life! OK, I’ll give you ONE more favorite song from college.
This one takes me back to my college partying days in Juarez. Believe it or not, this song was actually my ringtone up until a couple of years ago! Warning: This song might make you get up and dance. Please don’t watch the video at work or around children. The lyrics might be offensive but the beat is still good!
Thanks again Lisa, for being my first Guest DJ! Please offer your comments on Lisa’s selections below and be sure to take a look at her blog, if you don’t already follow her. If you would like to guest post on a Flashback Friday, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or @mindpinball on Twitter. There are no restrictions as to genre, style or type of music you can present; you can pick one or several songs to feature.
Enjoy your Friday, and as always, thanks for reading and listening!