So I was just curious - you know how there are tracks and tunes that kind of bring up great memories to you - so much so, that you can envision the place, person or time of that memory - Almost feel it? The music may be from the time which the memory is sparked, or it could be from a totally unrelated time period - but I think(hope) you get the picture. Well, I have that with some songs/cd's that I own. And they are some of the cheesiest cd's that I own. Everytime that I break out the CD, I get a very strong sense of nostalgia. For me, the cd's that do this to me are of all things, "Top of the Pops" vol. 3 from 1998. lol I bought it when I was in college, and when I lived in Birmingham, England. Yeah, I didn't want a US school in England, so I went to a British school where I was maybe 1 out of 7 Americans in the 20K student population. So I think of the utter culture shock that I felt when I arrived at Gatwick, by myself mind you, holding a giant suitcase and laptop bag not knowing what the hell I was doing. The memories that I also get are of my flat, friends, cloudy days, good alcohol and even the smell of the flat that I lived in (which wasn't bad - I did eventually live with the new girlfried). And, well, I also think of where I may have gotten it by New Street station downtown. But moreover, I remember the sense of freedom that I had at the time and the great times I had studying and meeting the people there, the endless adventures from a "crazy" Jamaican cab driver to the "incident" with a magazine called "The Sport". Definitely, when I listen to this cd, artists like the Lighthouse Family, etc. and some of the silly cuts, the memories swirl. I guess it also doesn't help since I'm probably moving back to England in 2005... but I remember everything about the first adventure - from the English and Swedish guys I befriended that always supported me to the girls that also felt the need to "look out for me", to the stranger who gave me 50p to buy a soda on the train ride. Ah, the stories I could tell! The CD itself isn't so great (it has that ridiculous England World Cup song from 1998) but the memories it brings I wouldn't trade for the world - maybe explains why I always feel that England is a second home for me. Another one for me is Towa Tei's "Future Listening". It isn't meant as a bias, but many of my friends are from Japan and Thailand and Towa Tei is a Japanese DJ (the DJ from Dee-Lite actually - remember "Groove is in the Heart"). And in school in Boston, many Asian students lived in the Quincy area. This CD was released in 1995 actually, the time I was just entering the University, and it reminds me of hanging out with them and all that in Quincy... actually right before I moved abroad. Well, that's it for now. But yeah, some cd's are like that - I guess that's one reason why I'm so into collecting music. Don't know why I felt the need to share it, but just thought it was always interesting how some songs, cd's can spark off such good memories.