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When I hear Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” about how a melody can sound like a memory, I am right back in 1981 with my boyfriend, listening to Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” and “We Live for Love.” My memories aren’t about her as much as they are about that whole summer, especially that night at Pine Knob in Clarkston, Mich.
Church knows how that feels, too.
“The interesting thing about this song is it has probably less to do with [Bruce] Springsteen than it is about what’s happening at this amphitheater up on the lawn,” he said in a recent radio interview.
“I had this experience. If you’ve had this experience, no matter whether you stay together or don’t stay together, when you hear that person’s music whether it’s Springsteen or anybody else, you always think of the person you were with at that show. And I have that.”
What artists’ melodies bring back those kinds of memories for you?