Does anybody else have an album that you can't listen to without conjuring up memories of a specific time in your life? For me, it's the summer of '98 and this album, this song in particular:

There isn't a single word that can describe that summer: tumultuous comes close, but it sounds a little too engfish-y to me(i.e. it's a word college freshmen like to use to dress up their prose a little bit). It was the summer after my high-school graduation, and I was starting to get more and more physical with my girlfriend. By the end of the summer, we had lost our virginities to each other. (That sounds so melodramatic when I say it like that). I went to Hawaii on a choir tour and started attending college and working a part-time job. All good things, but it was also the summer that I began to realize that this girlfriend of mine was controlling and manipulative in just the sort of way that worked on my insecurities.

Worst of all, it was the summer my father died.

That memory trumps everything, I guess. Now it's not as though I have to pull over to the side of the road and bawl my eyes out while crisis-calling my now long-time ex girlfriend when one of these songs comes on the radio, although it felt a bit like that in 2000 or thereabouts. But I can't listen to this CD without time-travelling a bit.

Does anybody else have a similar associations between a song/album/movie book and a particular time in their life, or is it just me?

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