I like where I live, and with the exception of college and the couple years after I graduated, I’ve always lived here, in Louisville.
If I had to live anywhere else? There’s a very good chance it’d be Mandeville, Jamaica.
So when I got to the sixth day of this 30 Day Song Challenge, I knew the perfect song to choose.
Day 6 – Song that reminds you of somewhere.
I’ve been to Jamaica twice. And the scenery, the people and the feeling I get when I’m there are like nothing I’ve ever found anywhere else. When I’m there, I’m happy. I mean, I’m happy here, of course, but things are different there. It’s hard to explain.
I have so many good memories from my trips to Jamaica.
And that’s what this song reminds me of.
A little backstory? This last time we went – in 2009 – we spent a lot of time on a bus, going to various tourist spots, church activities and to our respective homes each night. We listened to the same CD pretty much every time and by the end of the week – much to the dismay of a couple of the chaperones (not Sara or me, we loved it) the American contingent of the passenger group had learned all the words to a song our Jamaican friends already knew well.
Those trips bring us together. We share experiences and those bus rides were just part of them.
And it never fails to make me smile when I think of all of us, our church group and our Jamaican family, singing this song every single day, sometimes to each other, sometimes as we looked out the window and took it all in and wished a week was a lot longer.
Jah Cure, “Call on Me.” A song that will forever remind me of an amazing country and the equally amazing people I met there.