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Ken Mazaika in United States of America posted this on Jul 23, 2017

SONG TITLE: A Punk by Vampire Weekend
A BLAST FROM: April 2008

PLACE OF MEMORY: At my computer
EMOTION: Inspiration
MEMORY: Such a great music video!

Tori Clay in United States of America posted this on Jul 18, 2017

SONG TITLE: Sweet Transvestite by Richard O'brien
A BLAST FROM: July 1976

PLACE OF MEMORY: Boston,Ma in a long gone theatre that was on Boylston Street.
EMOTION: Wistfulness
MEMORY: The song is from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and really I could have picked almost any song from the show. I still had no idea that I was someday to live as a transgender woman but I was a regular attendee for the midnight shows there, usually dressed as Dr. Frankenfurter, the lead character played by Tim Curry, in a copy of his corset that a friend had made for me. We used to yell at the movie screen and we used to have a set list of things to bring every week like a piece of toast, some bath tissue, rice, and more that I can not recall right now. I had a curly perm in my hair, sort of like an aftro, which made me look more like the good doctor. Back then I could hear perfectly. It is such a fond memory and a long lost skill. I wear hearing aids now and they suck the life out of me. But RHPS was the only film I went to again and again and like most of the regulars there, I too, could recite the lines in time with the actors on the screen. I just remembered it was called the Exeter St Theatre. One night I was attending with a trippy girl friend that I had met recently. Not really a date. We did our thing watching the film and then we left and I drove to Harvard Sq for us to hang out some more. Somehow we wound up staying out all night. We went into a little café that was open till the wee hours. There was a guy there. The only other customer besides us in the shop. Homeless. Lonely. Disheveled. Dirty. but he was very friendly and we both struck up a chat with him. At some point in the conversation, he started talking about the soft spot on his head. It ended with my and my friend actually touching it and confirming he had a soft spot. I bought him a coffee and we left but we talked about him all the time for the whole time we knew each other. So that is one of the two things I think of the most when I hear any of the songs from that show but especially "Sweet Transvestite" and "Time Warp". The other thing I think of it the shoes that I always wore to the show. They were my pride and joy as they looked similar to the ones the Doc wore in the movie. they were made of wood with a one piece bottom consisting of a platform sole and a high, chunky heel. They fit so well that more than once when I was late for the show I ran in a dead run in them. On bumpy brick sidewalks. But the story of me purchasing them is what comes to mind most. I was in a thrift store and still too shy and hung up to openly shop for women's shoes. I liked thrift stores for lots of reasons. They were of course cheap, usually not crowded, and I was unlikely to run into anyone I knew there. My heart skipped a beat when I saw those shoes on the rack. It was like an aligning of the planets for me. I saw the shoes, no one was around me or even close to me, I was wearing nylons to make it easier to get them on. The price was cheap and affordable. And they seemingly WERE THE RIGHT SIZE!! After making sure the coast was clear I picked one up and tried it on. My heart was in my mouth for doing it. Sure enough, they were the right size and fit perfectly and comfortably and securely. I was in rapture. Totally lost in admiring my foot. Oblivious to the rest of the world. Then I got snapped out of my reverie when I realized there was a girl standing close to me and she was starting to look at the shoes in earnest too. She got closer and closer and I felt stuck. I could not just walk away with one heel and one flat mens shoe and because they were wood they made a racket. I could not muster the courage to take the heel off with her standing there so I could just slink away with my tail between my legs. So I just waited. And waited. It was only a few minutes but it felt like hours. I was just starting to relax a bit and think to myself, "ok I guess she won't notice my feet here, I'll just be cool and stand here and maybe she will think I'm shopping for some female in my life like a girlfriend or sister etc. That's when heard her sharp inhale of a breath, signifying that she had found something she liked. It is also when her hand came in across my face as she reached in for the shoes, the only shoes, that were worthy of her attention. She picked one up off the rack and kicked off her own heel in one swift motion simultaneously. Another breath form her but this time an exhale, maybe even a squeal of delight as it slid onto her nyloned foot like it was made for her. Obviously deciding that these were to be her shoes now, she returned from a few test steps she took to search the rack for the mate. After searching ever more frantically in vain she finally noticed I was wearing the mate. Another sigh but this time it was resignation and sadness and she removed the one she was trying on and walked away with her own shoe in her hand. I snatched the mate off the rack as soon as she started to walk away and I put my own shoe back on and headed to the checkout and the shoes lived with me happily ever after.

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 17, 2017

SONG TITLE: Chemicals React by Aly & AJ
A BLAST FROM: August 2006

PLACE OF MEMORY: In my room in Port Chester
EMOTION: Exhilaration
MEMORY: Virtually the entire "Into the Rush" album reminds me of listening to Pandora while working on my computer in New York, usually doing my taxes or something else that was monotonous and didn't require intense focus. I remember the first summer I got home from Iraq. It was this summer. The year that Pandora.com came out (and incidentally, I interviewed the founder of Pandora for a talk-show I hosted a few years later!) Well, these songs from Aly & AJ just make me smile so much. They remind me of the windows open. The fall breeze coming through the open window. And wow, back in 2006, just when I got back from--SURVIVED--Iraq, I had so much energy, and was ready to again take Hollywood by storm. Take everything by storm. I was so happy to be back, and this song, and this album remind me of that energy and excitement I had. That... exhilaration to go out and kick it.

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 17, 2017

SONG TITLE: The Sun Is Always Shining Somewhere by Monroe Mann
A BLAST FROM: April 2011

PLACE OF MEMORY: Clam Pass Beach, Florida
EMOTION: Accomplishment
MEMORY: This was the first music video I created for my album, "Get Off Your Ass". I am forever proud of this, because it helped me get over this horrible memory of a girl named Danielle Hogan. Yep, another heartbreak. But alas, my friend George Oberdorster in Florida inspired me when I was in Florida visiting my mom, who was basically on a 6-month vacation with her cousin down there. George told me in January of 2011, while we were driving around Naples, FL in his car, "You need to make a music video for these songs!" At first, I dismissed it, but when I got back to New York, I really started thinking about it. Before I knew it, I was planning it. And next thing I know, I was casting it at Ripley Grier Studies in midtown Manhattan. And wow, that April, I was in Florida, on the beach, SHOOTING A MUSIC VIDEO. And with the beautiful Anatoli Grek as my co-star, who is now a soap opera star in Greece! Anyway, I credit this music video with helping me to channel my heartbreak. It was a song that I wrote several years prior as an ode to myself--as a way to cheer myself up. And truly, to this day, anytime I am sad, if I just play this song on guitar and sing it, I smile and feel so much better. Try it yourself! It will make you happy!

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 17, 2017

SONG TITLE: Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
A BLAST FROM: April 1987

PLACE OF MEMORY: Growing Up in Port Chester
EMOTION: Hopefulness
MEMORY: Well, as soon as this song comes on, I (and I'm sure millions of others) am reminded of the movie Mannequin from 1987. I was 11 years old. And like every other 11 year old, I fell in love with Kim Cattrall. And the idea that this lifeless mannequin could come to life! How wonderful! Talk about giving hope to the guy who never gets the girl! (You'll see that this is a recurring theme in my younger life haha) I'm listening to it now as I'm writing this memory, and wow, it sure makes me smile. And hopeful. Always hopeful that the pot of gold is just around the corner. "And we can build this dream together! Standing strong together! Nothing's gonna stop us now!"

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 17, 2017

SONG TITLE: Try Everything by Shakira
A BLAST FROM: November 2016

PLACE OF MEMORY: New York, prior to moving down to Florida
EMOTION: Determination
MEMORY: I think I first heard this song on Pandora, sometime in November of 2016. At this time, I was preparing for my move down to Florida to start police academy. As soon as I heard it, I fell in love, not only because it's Shakira, and not only because it's catchy, but it's INSPIRINGLY catchy, and it sort of tells the story of my life: I try everything. I do everything. I am criticized often for not 'picking one career', but it's just not in me. Why can't I do many things well? Why can't I attend police academy while also coding this app? Life is short, ain't it? Well, I like experiencing what the world has to offer, and living vicariously through the lives of fictitious movie and television characters just doesn't cut it for me. When I want to do something, I go do it: I try everything. Sometimes it doesn't work out. And it's painful. And emotionally draining. But sometimes it does work out. And in all cases, I have no regrets--because I tried. I try everything. Well, everything except drugs. And refusing to use deodorant. And jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. With a parachute? No problem. So I guess you can't try EVERYTHING. But most everything. Thanks Shakira, for reminding me to keep getting up again after every one of my failures. :)

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 13, 2017

SONG TITLE: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
A BLAST FROM: December 1987

PLACE OF MEMORY: Skiing in Maine at Pleasant Mountain
EMOTION: Love
MEMORY: This reminds me of a time when my family was still one unit and actually did stuff together. Our family has all but disintegrated since these years, but this is a time that reminds me of how a family should be. We had a 1977 Chevy Suburban, and we'd drive to the mountain and sing this song. Makes me smile to think of those good ol' days.

Ken Mazaika in United States of America posted this on Jul 12, 2017

SONG TITLE: How Bizarre by OMC
A BLAST FROM: July 1997

PLACE OF MEMORY: Salisbury Beach
EMOTION: Happiness
MEMORY: How bizarre. How Bizarre.

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 12, 2017

SONG TITLE: Love Fool by The Cardigans
A BLAST FROM: May 1997

PLACE OF MEMORY: American University, D.C.
EMOTION: Accomplishment
MEMORY: I spent six months at American University in DC, on the Tenley Campus. I had a great time and even had lunch with Sylvester Stallone's grandma haha. It's also the date that marks the completion of my first major research paper, of approximately 60 pages, on the likelihood of success of the European Monetary Union. "Survey Says No". I'm so proud of that paper because I correctly predicted that there would be problems, evinced just recently with the U.K. departure. But this song mostly reminds me of my weekly Friday night swing and ballroom dancing lessons at Bethesda Dance Center. It was here that I first learned to dance. Such great memories!

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 12, 2017

SONG TITLE: I'm Like A Bird by Nelly Furtado
A BLAST FROM: June 1999

PLACE OF MEMORY: Starting my acting career in NYC
EMOTION: Happiness
MEMORY: Truly, my memories of my first years of truly pursuing acting make me so happy. I remember this song playing constantly on Z100 and 95.5 WPLJ during that summer in NYC. I remember going on auditions downtown, uptown, on the west side, and on the east side! I remember taking acting classes with casting director Sig de Miguel and casting director Mary Egan at TVI Actors Studio. I remember going into the city nearly every day and riding the amazing NYC subway. Going to terrible auditions in horribly hot non-air-conditioned studios! Haha! And I remember the great hope I had of greatness. It reminds me how naive and cocky I once was--I remember truly believing that it would be just a few months until I was 'discovered'. It's not that I didn't have the talent (I do). It's not that I don't have what it takes (I do). But what I realized soon thereafter was that it is REALLY hard to make it in showbiz, because it has nothing to do with how good you are--talent is virtually irrelevant because what mattered was marketing, business sense, and... a whole lot of patience, fortitude, chutzpah, and ingenuity. For every five amazing success stories, there are millions of stories of struggle, and that's what no new wannabe actor, singer, dancer realizes at first. Most give up after a year, or maybe two. Why? Because they naively though, like me, that they were just going to 'make it' immediately, and that rarely happens. To the credit of some, many continue for years (and decades) in the pursuit, but just keep doing the exact same thing over and over, hoping that magically something will change, or someone will 'discover' them---but inevitably, it usually does not happen. So there has to be another way. Well, while my naiveté was quickly destroyed that summer, my ego (in a good way) never was. To this day, I believe I am talented. Why? Because that is precisely the attitude one needs to make it in this business. Every year, I am working on new projects, and taking new measures to break through the noise. It's been nearly 20 years since I first heard this song, and true, I am not a household name, but I will either 'make it' or die trying DIFFERENT THINGS. That's actually how I ended up writing my very first book at age 23 called, "The Theatrical Juggernaut" (which you can find with (yay!) many 5-star reviews on Amazon and BN.com). I don't think I'm cocky. I don't think I'm arrogant. I just believe in myself. I believe that once an artist, always an artist, and the dream never dies, so you better keep pushing for it, or you are going to rot with bitterness inside. It either comes true, or it festers at your soul, and I ain't letting it fester! I refuse to let my dreams dissipate in my head with lances in my heart. No! Never! I will fight fight fight until the day I die to make my mark on this world through the arts! Why? Because I'm like a bird. I get up. I fly. "I don't know where my home is", so I don't care where I need to go to find the fruition of my dreams. Maybe this app will be a stepping stone on that journey? I don't know. I hope so. I smile because I still believe in myself. I'm like a bird. And if I find difficulty HERE then I am going to fly to THERE. I hear this song and I'm reminded of not only those wonderful years when "Friends" actually took place and cell phones had just gone mainstream (haha), and I'm reminded not only of those those wonderful years when I was in my early 20s, working my ass off to make it as an actor in New York City, but also, and most importantly, it reminds me to forever and ever and EVER: KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE! But more than that, not just to keep the dream alive---TO PURSUE IT WITH A VENGEANCE! I shall succeed baby! I shall overcome! I shall be vindicated! And I hope this inspires you too to go out there and make those childhood and young adult dreams come true. They CAN still come true. :D --Thanks Nelly.

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