by Aja Dorsey Jackson
It’s funny how a song can completely transport me back to a very specific time. The right song can engage every one of my senses. I automatically know what I was seeing, hearing, what was going on around me, exactly how I felt, even the outfit that I was wearing at that exact moment. There are quite a few songs that take me back to our early dating days, but the one that I label “our song” without a doubt is Usher’s Lovers and Friends.
I know that with Lil’ John screaming “I’s been knowing ya for a long time, shorty” on the track that it is not the most romantic or loving song in the world by far (I’m an 80s baby, we didn’t have all those good old school love songs by the time I reached adulthood!) but as soon as I hear it I am back in the club in downtown Baltimore at the end of the night. We had only been seeing each other for a little over a month at that point. I was there with my friends and he was with his. When Lovers and Friends started playing he found me on the dance floor and as we danced I felt like there was nowhere else in the world that I would rather be. It doesn’t matter how mad I am at him or what else I happen to be doing at the time, if I hear that song to this day for me, its automatic butterflies.
I know I’m not the only one. Tell us your song!
Aja Dorsey Jackson is a freelance writer and public relations consultant in Baltimore, Maryland. Find out more about her at www.ajadorseyjackson.com/about.html or follow her on twitter @ajajackson.