This week I am taking back in high school, well my high school years any way. I was a Journey/Bruce Springsteen kind of girl, there were a few Duran Duran songs that I liked, but for the most part I did not dig on the Pet Shop Boys/Tears for Fears/Depeche Mode, that was more my sister.
And as it turns out, when my family moved to Steilacoom, Washington where I would continue high school as a sophomore, it was the music loved by one of my best friends, Jennifer.
On the encouragement of my other best friend Kari, the first friend I made when my dad was transferred to Fort Lewis, I tried out for the high school drill team.
At no moment did I think I even had a remote chance of making the team, but for some very strange reason, I did! I had a great time, my best friends were all on the team and it was fun to belong.
I still wasn’t cool, by any stretch of the imagination, but I was content.
Most of the songs we did routines to were R&B in nature. At some point in time, not sure if it was my junior or senior year, my best friend Jen approached the team with the idea of doing something different. And different it was! She suggested Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order and not just the regular version which is already long for a drill team routine, but the extended dance version which was over 6 minutes long!
I never worked so hard in my life!
The weeks that we learned and practiced the routine created by Jennifer were tough. I was never the best dancer, so it was doubly hard for me. But I have fond memories of the hard work and camaraderie. I think we did the routine well in the end, not sure, doesn’t matter. It was the experience that created the memory.
I rarely hear the song any more, but when I do, I am always transported back to the years with that group of girls and the simple fun that we had.
How about you? Have any songs that remind you of a group activity you have done in the past?