I was named after Dolly Parton’s hit 1974 single “Jolene.” My mom did not exactly like the song, considering it was about a home-wrecker, but she loved the name. I remember playing the vinyl record over and over again as a kid, knowing undoubtedly that Dolly “Apartment,” as I called her, was singing about me somehow. This is an obvious way that music affected my life, but can you think of all the unique ways that music has affected yours? Take a stroll down memory lane with these suggestions…

  1. Think back to your very first concert.  Who was the artist? Where was the show?  Who was with you?
  2. Remember your favorite TV show as a kid? I bet you can sing the entire theme song without skipping a word. Ready? Go!
  3. What is your mom or dad’s favorite song? Do you remember hearing it way too many times as a kid? Do you love it or hate it now?
  4. Remember the first time you realized you could get away with cursing because it was within the lyrics of a song? Perhaps Meredith Brooks, ZZ Top, Ludacris, or Mumford and Sons provided the opportunity (depending on your age).
  5. Did you and your first boyfriend or girlfriend have “your song?” Do you and your current significant other have “your song?”
  6. Do you remember singing a song with friends at the top of your lungs, not caring if the entire world could hear you? What song was it? Where were you?
  7. What was the best karaoke you have ever seen? I personally despise karaoke (sorry folks), but I will never forget hearing one of my husband’s co-workers totally kill it with “The Pussycat Song” at a happy hour get-together.
  8. Is there a song that gets stuck in your head every time you hear it, to the point where you now cover your ears when you hear it, even if you loved it at one point? …You’re welcome.
  9. What was the last song that made you truly feel something, or perhaps even tear up?
  10. Who was the most recent artist you saw live, and what was the best song from the entire concert? 
  11. Can you think of songs that were playing during major milestones in your life? Think back to prom, graduation, your wedding, etc.
  12. Think of a movie scene where the music created the perfect mood. Imagine that scene without music.
  13. Who is your “music buddy?” What was the last song you shared with each other?
  14. When was the last time you danced like no one was watching? What song was it to?
  15. What is the most timeless song you can think of? Your parents liked it, you like it, and you’re sure your kids will like it.

Hopefully you enjoyed all the awesome nostalgia!

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]