I just heard the song "Stand By Me" for the first time in ages. It's so good.
I'm sure I've intentionally listened to it and/or heard it by chance at some point, but the last experience I remember with it was being at Bloomfield Ave Cafe to see the last show of one of my friends bands. Another friends band was also performing at the same show, so there was this big convoy of cars from our hometown rolling out to go to this concert. I helped load up one of the minivans full of gear (which subsequently, the driver/lead singer would later drive in reverse and then slam the brakes, causing one of the amps to launch backwards and completely shatter the back windshield. Ah, rock n roll.)
Anyway, before the show officially started a bunch of us were hanging around the venue, drinking Yoohoos and talking about life as high school philosophers tend to do. At some point one of our friends just starts singing the lyrics to Stand By Me and without any hesitation, everyone jumped in on it and a solid 15 of us are all singing it acapella. It was one of those moments where I knew "this is a memory I'll have forever" during the moment itself. A self-fulfilling important memory, or something like that anyway.
I rocked out really hard that night, probably ended up at a diner with some of my friends drinking coffees and eating disco fries. If you told me then that 15 years later I'd be listening to Stand By Me at home in my apartment, having not seen any of my friends in over a year, I don't know how I'd react.
I still don't really know how to react, I just want to get my vaccine and slowly start rebuilding my life.