Wednesday, June 16, 2010

jessica's theme - my musical history

Is there a song that takes you back in time, that defines an era of your life for you?  I thought I would start sharing some of my musical history, the songs I love that have special meaning to me.  These songs cover a wide variety of genre and loves for me, and they all have specific memories associated with them.  If I had ever had to choose an all time favorite song it would be really hard.

Here's the link to the video:

Jessica's Theme from Man From Snowy River was the sound track to my daydreams when I was a girl.  It was the first song I memorized for the piano and I can still play most of it to this day without sheet music.  The movie is one of my all time favorite movies, and Jim Craig was the man for me.  My best friend, at the time, and I dreamed of moving to the Snowy River Mountains, finding our very own Jim Craig and then living a blissful life in one of the most rugged mountain ranges in all of Australia.  The closest I got to the Snowy River Mountains was Brisbane, but that's another post entirely. 

Can you see why I was in love with Jim?
I would go weak at the knees whenever he tipped his hat to Jessica.  Oh, baby!

I've also been accused of being Jessica's doppelganger.  In my late twenties, I walked into Alta Muffler & Brakes on Main Street in Logan, Utah one afternoon to get some work done on my car.  The clerk behind the counter was busy with another customer and kept looking over at me.  He was obviously the mechanic there as well.  He was the epitome of a grease monkey with thick, curly dark hair framing his fleshy face and covered with a sweat stained ball cap.  A bushy black mustache covered his upper lip under a rather wide nose.  He was wearing a grey-ish, too short t-shirt which at some point was white, but now covered in greasy hand prints and other stains that didn't quite cover his large belly, and grimy red suspenders which barely held up his jeans. 

He finished with the customer, escorted him out to the newly repaired car and then came back inside to help me.  I was completely unprepared for his next move.  He stepped back behind the counter, and then leaned across it putting his chin in his hand to stare up at me, and batting his eyes with a big sigh asked, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Jessica from Man From Snowy River?"  It was all I could do not to laugh while graciously accepting the compliment.

Yep, we do kind of look alike.

I highly recommend the movie if you've never seen it.  Great romance, good acting, well written, excellent cinematography, beautiful soundtrack and gorgeous scenery.  All the stuff a girl's dreams are made of.


Anonymous said...

Hey friend from the past, when we watch this movie as a family my hubby and kids tease me. I still love the hat tip even after all these years.

Tara said...

That's funny that you had a crush on him growing up. My sis and Mom did too, but I didn't like him. He just didn't do it for me. However, as I've gotten old--and more mature maybe ;-)--I've come to appreciate all of his traits and I think he's a good hero for the movie now.