1985

Music is evocative. There are certain songs that take me back to a particular moment every time I hear them. For instance, Marc Anthony’s I Need To Know transports me back to a Bruegger’s Bagels with my then three year old daughter dancing around the shop and singing at the top of her lungs. Songs can also evoke a person. I always think of my father when I hear The Godfather Theme and my husband when I hear anything by The The.

In Overlook, the character of Seth uses ringtones to distinguish between the women in his life. The songs he chose signify how he feels about each of them. Journey’s Open Arms plays when his wife calls because he does love Kitty in his own sad, twisted way. His mistress, on the other hand, has Bowling for Soup’s 1985 as her ringtone.  She is a woman clawing at the remains of her youth with the tips of her fake nails. Seth doesn’t care for her at all. She’s a convenient joke of a woman.

Do you use special ringtones for different people? Are there songs that remind you of a specific person or moment?

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