With an early start to the workday in front of me Becky and I headed out earlier than normal for our run. The weather outside was beautiful for a run and it was made even better by the stars burning brightly in the early morning sky. After a while we got far enough down the road that we turned off our headlamps and were able to enjoy the constellations even more. It was an awesome start to the day!
As I drove to Menomonie a smile crossed my face as a memory from this weekend crept across my brain. Without hesitation I shut off my audiobook and fired up Sister Havana by Urge Overkill. As I jammed out and sung along to this great song from 1993 I kept thinking about all of the incredible jams we either listened to or talked about this weekend while we were hanging out.
With the majority of the plans for the weekend involving playing cards on the patio in the backyard while listening to music Rick had spent quite some time putting together an almost 90 song playlist of some of our favorites from the mid to late 90’s. He took special care to add songs that he knew was a particular favorite of each of ours (and maybe a song or two to troll each other). As we chilled and joked around outside we had hours of hand selected music playing in the background. Sure, Pandora would’ve been okay, but it never would have picked out just the right mix of songs that that brought back so many memories.
Almost each song brought back a memory or fired up a conversation. Many included a little bit of singing or head bobbing. Conversation with our group is never difficult, same as it’s always been in our 35+ years of friendship, but it flowed even easier than normal. Rick, thanks for knocking it out of the park with your playlist. It was the supporting cast that helped to create one of the best weekends we’ve had in our several weekends of hanging out. It never ceases to amaze me how songs hold the power to add so much depth to our lives.