Frankly speaking, my soundtrack as a kid was a mishmash of all kinds of stuff, which made my cringe-meter go up and down like a roller-coaster as I was taking a walk down memory lane. One of those songs that teleports me back to childhood is How Soon Is Now? by Love Spit Love, which is in fact a cover of The Smiths’ song. Whenever I hear this tune, it makes me think of carefree fun days when we rushed home after school to watch Charmed on TV, fought over who’s gonna be Phoebe (though I always loved Prue more) – and also collected and exchanged stickers from the series for the fun of it. Good, good times! 


As a child, I spent many summer days at my grandparents’ dacha, with my daily routines being quite similar to one of our previous stories (it’s always such a sweet read to me. And there’s a part 2, too!). However, I almost never stayed over for the night, so part of each visit’s adventure was the infinitely (to my little eyes) long ride to the dacha itself. My grandpa had several favorite cassette tapes (yes, it was an old car!) to play, one of them with orchestral recordings featuring The Lonely Shepherd by James Last. To this day, whenever I hear it, I am transported back to those rides among forests and fields violet with flowers (thankfully, I watched Kill Bill much later…). 


It’s easy when you're a kid – your playlist is your parents’ playlist. So before stepping down to a cringeу Ranetki fan era, my music taste was taken over by the ‘70s-’90s disco cassettes of my dad. The choice was wide, but Boney M. often played louder. I loved listening to their jibber-jabber, especially Ma Baker, on the back seat of our tiny car wherever we went. Now I find it quite ironic – the same songs that remind my parents of their carefree youth are now an indispensable part of my childhood nostalgia.


Sometimes, all the song has to do to stay in your memory for the remainder of your life is to have catchy lyrics. This is the case with Lemon Tree by Fools Garden, which my first English teacher had shown us, her students, so that we could enhance our listening comprehension. Funnily enough, I utterly failed at that task, thinking at first that the song was about gardening. Now that I understand the lyrics, it is both nostalgic and strangely relatable, which is probably why it simply refuses to leave my head.