Saturday, August 10, 1991 our special day finally arrived. The day we said “I Do”.
24 years ago.
I’ve been thinking about how I’d do this entry for awhile. Wondering “What I’d Say”. There simply aren’t enough words or time to adequately say what I want to say to you so I thought I’d try to do something a little different and let the music say it for me. I could be here just as long this way, but let’s see how it goes.
The summer of 1988 really started it all off when we were introduced to each other. How many times did I call you at work? I’d never tell you who I was, but you knew. You knew me better than I knew myself. You knew by what I requested. I had a few favorites that I think gave me away over time but I’d still keep calling.
Pretty soon we were spending hours upon hours at the radio station. You taught me everything you knew. I loved all different types of music but Top 40 was definitely my comfort zone. Given your choice, you leaned more towards the country and Celtic genres never missing a chance to play some local favorites. Your knowledge and your enthusiasm about artists and the stories behind them was contagious. There was nothing I could ask that you didn’t know the answer. We soon started to collect quite the compilation of our songs. To anyone listening to our cassette tapes, they’d think we were losing it, I’m sure. We’d seriously listen to anything from Ronnie Milsap to Restless Heart to Bryan Adams to Def Leppard and Phil Collins. Let’s not forget Madonna, The Judds, Alan Jackson, Wilson Phillips, The Bee Gees. And then there were those that I wasn’t particularly fond of but you still encouraged me to give them a listen. So I did, occasionally.
When I was fortunate enough to start working at the radio station along side you, there were quickly a few songs that I came to dislike quickly, but thankfully they were few and far between. On the flip side (pun intended…get it?), there were those I ‘liked’ so much I gave them extra air time 😉 . The best memory of our radio days was, of course, our wedding day. Spending a few moments in-studio that evening with our good friend, Ronnie MacKinnon was definitely a highlight neither one of us will ever forget.
After our radio days were but a memory, our love of music certainly didn’t dissipate. We’re not big movie watchers by any means but there are a few classics that will live forever. Our taste in movies is as varied as our taste in music. There are those that we just couldn’t help watching over and over and over. Each song, each story, holds so much for us. So much so that we were even able to include one on our special day. Remember what I walked down the aisle to?
We always joked that whenever we had kids they would be the ones yelling at us to turn the music down. Don’t laugh, it’s happened. But thankfully our boys have developed as deep an appreciation for music as we did. They really had no choice, did they? I can’t pick just one or two songs for them. We have to do a top 5 for each.
I think I could have done a Top 10, no problem. Then one of them will catch us off guard and start belting out something like this or this while they’re out carousing with you. I’m not completely out of it though because we have been known to turn this or this up a little louder while they’d be out driving around with me, too.
It’s really something, isn’t it? 24 years worth of music for 4 people is a lot to condense into such a small space. Needless to say, this has taken me the entire evening and I’m not done yet. I think we could probably have our own countdown. Hey, that’s a good idea! I really hope I don’t repeat anything (I started this almost 3 hours ago…lol). Pick a number, because I’m sure I can fill it easily. 24? Strange number for a countdown but why not? It is the number of years we’re married as of today, after all. Let’s get going with it, shall we? (Good grief, what I have gotten myself into here?)
Tracey and Mikey’s Top 24 #24 #23 #22 #21 #20 #19 #18 #17 #16 #15 #14 #13 #12 #11 We’re gonna pause for our Station ID. This is Radio TRCY and just before we get into our Top 10 here’s a few words from our good friends at Two Rivers Wildlife Park proud to be presenting the Third Annual Acoustic Roots Festival September 4-6. Make sure you check it out!! Now….back to The Countdown. #10 #9 #8 #7 #6 #5 #4 #3 #2 #1
Phew! This has turned into quite the walk down Memory Lane for me this evening. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve felt every emotion I have probably felt over the last 24 years in the past few hours. And I know if I asked you to do your countdown lists they could probably be just as different again. So much music. Such a big part of who we are.
Anyway, hun, like I said, I tried to let the songs say it for me. Even though we won’t see each other today (darned opposing schedules) I hope you have a chance to listen to some of the songs here and remember what they mean to us. Night after night we sit and listen to music and it’s not very often we do too many repeats. It’s our thing and I hope it will continue to be our thing for many years to come.
I’ve been trying to figure out what I could close off with. As I was doing our countdown, the #9 song was playing here on You Tube and when it was finished the exact same song was playing on the radio. So now I know this entry is Debbie Approved and I know what song I’m going to end off with.
Happy 24th Anniversary, Mikey. PSILY.