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Debbie Bordelon in United States of America posted this on Jul 11, 2017

SONG TITLE: Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger
A BLAST FROM: October 1997

PLACE OF MEMORY: Portage, Indiana
EMOTION: Anxiety
MEMORY: I was jamming with the radio and speeding a bit when I was pulled over by the local police. The Officer came to my door and asked me why I was speeding. I blamed Bob Seger. I explained to the officer that when this song came on , that I just started driving faster and faster. He shook his head and told me not to listen to this song while I was driving. I received a verbal warning. :)

Debbie Bordelon in United States of America posted this on Jul 11, 2017

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

PLACE OF MEMORY: Anywhere, Everywhere
EMOTION: Determination
MEMORY: I love this song. It reminds me to be confident and be determined and never to give up.

Debbie Bordelon in United States of America posted this on Jul 11, 2017

SONG TITLE: Love Me Dead by Ludo
A BLAST FROM: July 2008

PLACE OF MEMORY: Uniondale NY
EMOTION: Excitement
MEMORY: I had the great opportunity of meeting Tim & Andrew of Ludo at Vans Warped Tour in Uniondale NY. I had stalked the band during the early summer and after some painful trials ( uncooperative lawyers, no entry into Warped Tour) I was successful to meet and stand in an interview with them..

Debbie Bordelon in United States of America posted this on Jul 11, 2017

SONG TITLE: Can't Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
A BLAST FROM: September 2016

PLACE OF MEMORY: Valparaiso University
EMOTION: Gotta Dance!
MEMORY: How could anyone not want to dance when they hear this song? This song would play on our radio at work constantly when classes started last August. My staff would start dancing "the Dennis" when they would hear the song playing... It was quite amusing to watch dancing baristas.

Debbie Bordelon in United States of America posted this on Jul 11, 2017

SONG TITLE: Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day
A BLAST FROM: September 2005

PLACE OF MEMORY: New Orleans
EMOTION: Despair
MEMORY: Hurricane Katina. Although I live near Chicago, this hurricane had a big impact on my life. I have family in New Orleans, most scattered all over the country, my niece and her family stayed with me for a few weeks. This was a very scary time as I was reaching everywhere for information about my loved ones. This song would overwhelm me with emotion when I would hear it.. I still get sadden today hearing this song as that part of the country has not totally recovered.

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 10, 2017

SONG TITLE: Wake Up by Hilary Duff
A BLAST FROM: December 2005

PLACE OF MEMORY: New York after my return from Iraq
EMOTION: Excitement
MEMORY: It seems that every five - ten years, I end up living outside the country for a year or more. From 1997 - 1999 I lived in Switzerland. Then back in New York, and after five years, off again to Iraq from 2004 - 2005. Then ten years in NY once again, and then China from 2014 - 2015. This song came out in 2015, and I first heard it when I bought the Hilary Duff compilation album soon after my return from Iraq. I actually think I may have actually bought it at the Fort Drum PX soon after we landed. I can't be certain. But this song rekindled my excitement for a career in the arts, and for the New York City vibe. Even to this day, this song reminds me of a time when I was going after my showbiz career with every bit of effort I could muster. I was so glad that I had survived the war in Iraq, and then, all I wanted to do was get back to my civilian entertainment pursuits--those pursuits that all came crashing down and were torn from me when I got deployed 18 months prior. I was back. And it was now time for my dreams to "Wake Up, Wake Up" and get back to business!

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 09, 2017

SONG TITLE: Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne
A BLAST FROM: June 2002

PLACE OF MEMORY: Wakeboarding in Orlando, Florida
EMOTION: Determination
MEMORY: I had just finished five months of Army intelligence school at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. I had driven cross country from NY out to San Diego originally, and then back to AZ for school, and now that I had graduated, I had to drive back home to NY. I decided to go through Florida first! Via Texas! I spent a week at the Wakeboard Camp in the Orlando area. And I heard "Complicated" for the first time while driving into Florida. Or maybe it WAS "Sk8er Boi"? I don't know and I don't care: my love affair with Avril had begun! All I did that whole week is wakeboard, and I had an awesome time! And watch this video: she was so cute! I guess she still is. Yeah, I guess I'd go on a date with her ;)

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 09, 2017

SONG TITLE: Let The Rain Fall Down by Hilary Duff
A BLAST FROM: July 2005

PLACE OF MEMORY: Tuz, Iraq
EMOTION: Wistfulness
MEMORY: I chose wistfulness as the memory because I (hard to believe I know) actually miss my days in Iraq. The danger. The excitement. The camaraderie. And this song is one of the many that brings me right back there. And yes, this is one of the songs that my team and I listened to and sang nearly every week in our humvee whenever we went out on missions. Full body armor. M16s. Sig Sauer pistols. .50 cal machine guns. And... Hilary Duff! While on the road, we actually would play this from a small ipod speaker, and sing along: "Let the rain fall down! And wake my dreams!" Haha. Truly makes me laugh. Just as we did every day in those humvees on those dangerous dusty roads of Iraq.

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 09, 2017

SONG TITLE: Xi Shua Shua by The Flowers
A BLAST FROM: April 2014

PLACE OF MEMORY: Shanghai, China
EMOTION: Excitement
MEMORY: Oh man, this song completely epitomizes my year living in China. As soon as it comes on, I am transported back to my bike on the Shanghai streets; to my daily Chinese lessons at Mandarin House, and later Ocean Mandarin and SN Mandarin; all the wonderful friends I met there from all around the world. After all the stories my dad told me about his time during WWII in China, and my mom's stories about Bill Drummond's Hong Kong furniture import business, and of course, my love for languages, I knew from high school that I had to one day live in China. I wasn't sure it ever was going to happen, and then one day while working as a public defender attorney in White Plains, NY, I realized something: I didn't like my job, and I loved traveling, foreign languages, and foreign cultures far more. Truly, the foreign culture of visiting the county jail every week to meet with clients was becoming far too familiar! So...I made a plan! I got certified online as a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) instructor. I found an online recruiter who helped me get a job at the great Wall Street English in Shanghai. And then... I gave my one-month notice and said, "I'm leaving for China baby!" And I did! And it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Shanghai is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and I absolutely love the friends I made there: my thousands of students, my many expat friends, and even the stray dogs! Shanghai holds so many great memories that I have gone back at least once every year since I've been back. And I intend to go there again this year too! AND I SPEAK CHINESE NOW! 现在我的汉语非常好哈哈。我特别喜欢学习汉语!是我的一个最喜欢的爱好!The one big issue is the pollution. I think I might still be living there were it not for the pollution--I truly got the flu once a month. It was really uncomfortable. I hope that the government takes serious the pollution problem and takes pains to fit it. Time will tell. 因为上海的污染不好!

Monroe Mann in United States of America posted this on Jul 09, 2017

SONG TITLE: Take On Me by A-Ha
A BLAST FROM: July 1985

PLACE OF MEMORY: The Days Of MTV Watching
EMOTION: Sadness
MEMORY: The only reason I say 'sadness' for the emotion is that this video is so sad, and I sometimes feel like the guy in the cartoon, bashing his face and body against the wall because of the demons in his head. But the good news is that the video has a happy ending! He gets out! So while the video is sad, and painful, it also helps me remind me that bad situations can improve greatly. In this case, he escapes the world of the cartoon and he gets the girl! Huzzah! Gotta say: even if this video were made today, in 2017, it's still impressive. The fact that it was made in 1985 is MIND BLOWING. There's no wonder it won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. Oh I forget to mention: the song itself rocks. Any millennial who doesn't know this song disgusts me haha. LISTEN TO IT! You need to know it! Oh, and in the end, even though the video is sad, whenever I hear this song, it totally makes me smile. And feel good about the world.

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