Lilacs always remind me of my childhood on Fayerweather Street in Cambridge. It seems like every other house on our street had a lilac bush, and they are still my all time favorite flower and scent. So sweet and heady, and smelling them just makes me feel so damn good.
2) Songs. Is there a particular song that brings back happy memories? Song title and memory, if you care to share that much.
My friend David Hershey-Webb is a prolific and talented singer and songwriter, and he wrote this one song back when he was maybe 18 years old, "Looking For Someone Else" that has probably been my favorite song all of my life. I no longer have a tape of it, but remember every word and note and sing it a lot of the time. It always brings me up when I'm down. These days, when I think of that song, it makes me think of the miraculous way Sam and I met..
"I was looking for the sun when the moon shone through..
I rose to meet the night when the sky was blue
I was looking somewhere else when you were there all the time
You were mine
Looking for someone else when I found you..."
3) How about a song that brings up painful memories?
Song title and memory, if you care to share that much.
The Living Years, by Mike and the Mechanics.. makes me think of all the time I fucked off and didn't spend knowing my Dad better before he died.
"I wasn't there that morning
when my father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
all the things I had to say
I think I caught his spirit
later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo in
my baby's newborn tears
I just wish I could have told him
In the living years..."
4) Food. Is there a certain food that conjures up memories?
Poppy seed hamentashen remind me of Sunday mornings in Cambridge. My Dad would go buy all these pastry, and always got poppy seed and apricot hamentashen, and the New York Times plus an extra copy of the NYT magazine from our friend Adam's family newsstand, and we'd sit and eat and Dad and G would do the crossword puzzle and we'd laugh and enjoy. Sundays were great.
5) Clothing? Do you have an item of clothing or if you see a certain item, does it make you think of a time/place or person?
I have one of my Dad's old shirts still. I keep it in a plastic bag, because even 25 years later, it still smells vaguely of him.