Music Memory Monday – Journey’s Lights

Music Memory Monday
This series was inspired by an old blogging friend’s post on Transient Travels. “When music takes you places” posted in 2009 and I ran my own series for several weeks that year.  I have updated my posts and am re-running them now as these songs and the memories they evoke are timeless.

Journey’s Lights

As I have mentioned numerous times, I grew up an Army brat, meaning we moved around a lot. I did not have a home town, but my parents did. Both of them grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. So visiting relatives meant trips to California.

And California was magical.

Land of the Beach Boys, surfing, avocado, the sun.

Whenever I would move some where new, there was always the inevitable, “where are you from?” The answer would always be, “California.”

Since 90% of my life up until the time I was a sophomore in high school was spent on the East Coast, this was a magical answer that ensured instant “coolness.”

California was magical for me as well.

Visits to see Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles. See’s Candies, Nation’s Hamburgers, It’s-It Ice Cream sandwiches. Marine World, swimming pools and Portuguese food.

When I hit my teens I was enamored with the band Journey, who of course came from the San Francisco Bay Area. I always felt like it was the greatest tragedy that by the time I moved to SF to go to school, they had already broken up!

I loved their songs and played them on my tape deck over and over, watching the MTV videos and concert specials. I have favorites, but whenever I heard “Lights” I was instantly transported to California.

And still today, every time I hear it, I remember exactly how I felt growing up when I heard that song – HOME.

Song Notes:
Released in 1978 on Journey’s Infinity Album and was one of Steve Perry’s first songs with Journey.  More on the single’s background here.

Here’s the video as well:

How about you? Do you have a song that reminds you of home?

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. I love to travel via my stomach eating and seeking out local artisans to feature here. I'm a big supporter of the blogging community and love highlighting travel and food bloggers for you to meet.


  1. I was born in L.A. – grew up across the South Central Plains. My dad was a sailor-turned-preacher. We moved a lot, too. I went to high school in rural Kansas, so John Cougar's Smalltown and Jack and Diane remind me of that place. But, Kansas isn't home. HOme is wherever all my mom's stuff is. And, songs that make me think of her – anything from the Sound of Music.

    Great post, Andi. I love the line about avocados. I spent many summers visiting family in California , too.

  2. Terry Starbucker says:

    Ahh, those musical memories….thanks for the memory jog for the song that reminds me most of home. I grew up in Milwaukee, and I would say that the ONE song that really brings me back is Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love". Every time I hear it I'm back in High School, trying to get up the nerve to ask a pretty girl to dance.

    Did I ever get up that nerve? Rarely. 🙂

    But it's still a great memory.
    Thanks Andi!

    PS: "Lights" is awesome.

  3. You know what, I am doing another post on this tonight. Thank you so much for the shout out 🙂

    I love Journey too, I've seen them in concert a handful of times. You have such a great memory of them!

  4. DW Quilt Art says:

    I love that song…and how dumb…I did not know Journey was from San Francisco, and how coincidental that it was in 1987 that I moved to the Bay Area. Great memory!

  5. This is a neat concept for a post! My childhood and home was always filled with so much music…it’s hard to pick one piece over another!

  6. Journey was my favorite growing up too. I had every single one of their albums and just recently caught them in concert with their new lead singer!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Scott, how was it? I never got to see the original and have avoided seeing the “new” one, even though I have had opportunities!

  7. Ozzy, I’m coming home… Always makes me think about driving home from college to my parents’ house. Journey is the best, though. Love, love them. The story of Steve Perry makes me sad, however.

  8. My mom loved Journey, one of her faves. I don’t really have one song that reminds me of home. A lot reminds me of home though, and I miss it.

  9. Who doesn’t love Journey?! I find their music so romantic in the most classic of ways.

  10. There are so many songs that remind me of things that happened to me in the past. I think most of us have experienced this.

  11. I have never seen Journey in concert but I love them, thank you for sharing,

  12. You just took me back on a trip down memory lane. Journey is a great band and I love their music a lot. I don’t have any particular song in mind right now that reminds me of home, but I guess I will be listening to Journey for the rest of the night now.

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Annemarie, sorry, I hate it when that happens! Love your blog! Would you consider being a Traveler Tuesday spotlight?

  13. Beautiful melody! Thanks for sharing this new (old) artist to me.

  14. I, too, don’t really feel like I have a “home” per se, but I’d always play Omaha by the Counting Crows on my way back from college. Gave me a good feeling. 🙂

  15. A trip down memory lane! I know the song and I love it, but I really didn’t know who sang it until now.

  16. I don’t think I remember Journey–now the Beatles, the Beach Boys and countless other 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s music all remind me of something or somewhere!!

  17. LOVE Journey! We should have gone to the concert in Indianapolis!

  18. It’s really amazing how music can provoke strong memories and feelings. Whenever I hear Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel I’m near tears.

  19. Wow, that’s a difficult one, Andi. I have so many songs that remind of different places and times, but I too am not sure where I consider “home”. I love Journey too, but in college my favs were The Cars and INXS so those definitely remind me of Michigan. 🙂

  20. I’ve lived in a few places so narrowing down home to me is tough. I now consider my latest city home. But looking back, my time lived in the small town of Grand Forks, BC was defined by music. It was a little time warp where commercialism and the pop hits were devalued and so were you if you liked them. So I blended in musically because I loved the oldies. One song that reminds me of the summers on bicycles there is Tangerine by Led Zeppelin.

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