Welcome to Ask the Gav’, where every other week, we ask four Gavel staffers a question, and you get to read their answers! This week, we’re talking about those songs you associate with the carefree days, when you’d plug in your wired headphones into your iPod nano and jam the heck out. So, Gavelers:
What song defined your childhood?
Mariah Belisle, Digital Editor
Alright, I’m not going to lie—this song and the memories I have related to it are really niche. Since my Dad worked full time and has always been very invested in his work, the moments I got to spend with him growing up were limited and precious. I also was very much a “Daddy’s little girl” so I clung to him (figuratively and literally) and the time we spent together passionately. One specific memory from my childhood is whenever my Dad played the B-52’s “Rock Lobster.” Let me tell you, hearing the opening riff to this song still gives me a rush of adrenaline. After starting the song, my Dad would go into our kitchen and slowly reach for the largest tongs we had. He then would turn to me and my brothers and proceed to chase us around the house, clinking his metallic lobster claws. For six minutes and 49 seconds I was in a state of complete terror and exhilaration.
Matt DeMerlis, Associate Sports Editor
If I had to choose one song that defined my childhood, I would choose "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz. It was one of the first “rap” songs I listened to as a kid and I was always mesmerized by the laugh heard throughout the song. I believe I first heard the song on TV for an Apple iPod commercial and ever since then, it has been ingrained in my head. I always think back to times when I would listen to the song on the radio or from the CD “Now That’s What I Call Music” on the way to and from school. The unique beat in the background, mixed with interesting lyrics, makes for a sure-fire all-time great. Ah, simpler times, simpler times.
Josie Morales-Thomason, Copy Editor
One of my earliest memories is my dad singing to me when I couldn’t fall asleep. Consequently, “And I Love Her” by The Beatles remains one of my all-time favorite songs, one that is comforting whenever or wherever it’s played. Growing up, all we listened to in my house was The Beatles, whether it be on one of the records from 50 years ago or our family’s silver iPod shuffle. While I wasn’t the biggest fan as a child, The Beatles have now become a symbol of home. “And I Love Her” never fails to make me smile. Though quite a simple song, it is magical and timeless nonetheless.
Kelly Mahoney, Print Editor
Growing up listening to the intro chords of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” I grew to associate it with my dad. That iconic riff became synonymous with the memory of finally being old enough to sit in the passenger seat, the windows rolled down, driving who knows where with my dad. My dad never understood why anyone would listen to rap music, and consistently points out how old-fashioned rock and roll is the best pump-up music; it gets you ready to take on the day and absolutely knock it out of the park. Although I personally disagree with his rejection of rap, “Walk This Way” will always be my perfect dose of nostalgia and motivation to kick the day’s ass.