Tune in Tuesday: The Ataris

This weekend on our way back from Richmond, we hit one of those cellphone dead zones, rendering my iPhone’s Pandora connection useless. Fortunately, my crazy random collection of mp3’s also live on my phone, so we let it do it’s “Shuffle” thang…and this came on:

It was the first snow of the season,
I can almost see you breathing
In the middle of that empty street

Sometimes i still see myself
In that lonesome bedroom
Playing my guitar and singing songs of hope
For a better future

Life is only as good as the memories we make
And I’m taking back what belongs to me
Polaroids of classrooms unattended
These relics of remembrance
Are just like shipwrecks
Only they’re gone faster than the smell after it rains

Last night when everyone was sleeping
I dreamt of my old neighborhood
And resurrected memories from ashes
We said that we would never fit in
When we were really just like them
Does rebellion ever make a difference

Life is only as good as the memories we make
And im taking back what belongs to me
Polaroids of classrooms unattended
These relics of remembrance are just like shipwrecks
Only they’re gone faster than the smell after it rains

So long, astoria
I found a map to buried treasure
And even if we come home empty-handed
We’ll still have our stories and battle scars
Pirate ships and wounded hearts
Broken bones and all the best of friendships
And when this hourglass has filtered out it’s final grain of sand
I’ll raise my glass to the memories we own

This is my world
And I’m taking it back
I’m taking it all back

Now, much of this song is based off of/references the 1985 film, The Goonies – but (are you sitting down?) I actually have never seen that movie. I know. I know. It’s pretty shocking, considering that I like a lot of those sort of movies and I love Sean Astin, but yeah. Anyway 😉

Aside from cinematic references however, whenever I hear this song (or most songs from this band, really) I am transported to this time that was just so much…easier. It’s funny sometimes, thinking about how different periods in your life feeling stressful or complicated – but in hindsight, everything was just fine…

Although it can be challenging, I decided, after hearing this song this weekend, that I am going to do my best to take these thoughts to heart – don’t sweat the small stuff – and it’s all small stuff.

What music reminds you of your adolescence?

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2 thoughts on “Tune in Tuesday: The Ataris

  1. good question! hhmm. I guess anything that was popular when I was a pre teen b/c my biggest concern then was what boy liked me or what i was wearing that weekend. Ah bliss.

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