You know that bit of text that someone (I'm assuming in the McFlah camp) puts at the top of the comment box? The one that usually says 'Spill it baby, Spill it' or somesuch? Well, that bit of text currently keeps triggering the very most powerful of formative memories for me:
'In West Philadelphia born and raised
On a playground was where I spent most of my days'
It reminds me, every time, of the one inalienable fact that I hold to be true of ALL English males of my generation - we know, each and every one of us, the full words, without hesitation, to two musical pieces:
1. The theme tune to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (played in its much less known full version here)
2. John Barnes' rap from 'World in Motion'.
I was bewteen 10 and 12 at the time both of these tunes became popular and I reckon that this is the time at which certain - often bizarre - lasting musical memories can most powerfully be created. I can also, if pressed, remember almost every word to 'Ice Ice Baby', but we'll leave that alone for now.
So I ask you, what sticks in your head from years gone by that you just can't (indeed won't) ever shift? Inexplicable, random, emotional or just plain odd, how does your brain work?
Altogether now, 'You've got to hold and give, but do it at the right time...'