Here is a great confession for you: every time I hear Skid Row's "I Remember You" I want to bawl.
Like a baby.
From the guitar solo beginning, to Sebastian Bach's high notes... the song makes me an emotional disaster.
I was feeling particularly sad and lonely last night - so what do I do? I put on "I Remember You" and torture myself.
"Remember yesterday/walking hand in hand/love letters in the sand/I remember you."
These lyrics, people, are the stuff of real Glam.
It's also apparently the stuff that makes the Glam mistress sappy.
You must understand I'm a hardened bad ass. Nothing phases me. I don't cry at movies. Or weddings. Or funerals. Heather moved halfway across the country last week. I didn't cry then either. Well, neither did she. At least she didn't around me. That's not how I roll.
Again, I'm a hardened bad ass.
Still, give me Sebastian Bach and a guitar solo I've heard more times than my own name and I'm reduced to blubber.
Maybe I'm emotionally unstable.
Ok, so I'm emotionally unstable.
"You're my darling/I love you."
You see, I think my emotional attachment to this song has something to do with my past. I'm not exactly sure what happened in my past - but something has always triggered a "sadness switch" in my brain whenever I hear this song. Yes, it happens when I hear the song live, too.
The video for "I Remember You" isn't that spectacular from a concept point of view. Still, it gets the idea across - and, apparently - I got the idea big time when I was a kid. There are a few songs that trigger the "sadness switch" but none are quite as powerful as "I Remember You."
I think on some level, songs like "I Remember You" are what put the initial spark in my brain to write. Now, I've accomplished sad little as a writer, but I keep plugging along. I guess I feel like someday I might be able to move people with words on a page like Skid Row were able to move me - through music - so long ago.
It isn't very often that music and lyrics come together to create a perfect emotional storm. Sure, there are songs that make us happy. There are songs that make us violent. Then there are songs that make us feel.