Today I will do “day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone”. I think this is another one of those selections that I can revisit many times as there are a bunch of song that remind me of someone. The first of these songs I’m going to tell you about is You Are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne and my fiance Andrea. My introduction to both Ray and Andrea happened about the same time. I had recently moved back to the Portland area and began working for L.L.Bean. Andrea was working at Beans part time, while holding down a full time gig else where. I had pretty recently ended a relationship, and wasn’t really looking to get involved with anyone at the time we met.
About the same time, Ray Lamontagne was beginning to gain some popularity for his album Gossip in the Grain. In addition, Ray had lived nearby in Lewiston, ME when he decided to quit his job and become a musician, so he received some additional attention around here. I had picked up a copy of Gossip in the Grain and started listening to it quite a bit.
So one night Andrea asked me to join her and a couple of her friends out at a local bar to watch a Red Sox playoff game. Although I still thought I wasn’t looking for a relationship, I couldn’t resist an invite from a pretty girl. That night was the beginning of our relationship. In the weeks and month that followed we grew closer and more affectionate for each other.
I’m sure you wondering how these things come together. Well, L.L.Bean had a pretty good radio station that played through out the store. It played lots of indie and underground artist that I loved and wasn’t your typical pop playlist. You Are the Best Thing was one of those songs, and when ever it came on while I was working it reminded me of Andrea. I didn’t tell her at first about it, but at some point I did share it with her. Every time I hear it now, I still think of her and it may even become our wedding song, although that final decision hasn’t really been made yet.
Andrea is still the best thing that has ever happened to me. Enjoy!
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