Music is a powerful stimulant for your memory don’t you think? How often do you hear a song on the radio and it takes you back in time reminding you of a place or an experience or a person. Sometimes it catches you off guard and something you haven’t thought about in years comes streaming back to you in vivid color. For me there are several songs that bring back memories of growing up in London, Sugar, Sugar by the Archies, a number one hit in the UK in 1969 brings back strong memories of my friends and fun had at the local youth club disco nights….Hound Dog by Elvis is another, and by coincidence I was just reminded of this by a colleague from my days with Thomas Cook Travel in London, when a crowd of us would go out for a quiet pint after a long day at work, it then escallated into dancing until we all had to catch the last train home.
As I get older and I seem to think more about memories from my home country particularly at Christmas time. I grew up singing carols in the school and church choir, so any of the old favorites take me back, Once in Royal David’s City, The Holly & the Ivy, Hark the Herald Angels Sing….all do the trick!
I bring this up because yesterday I watched the latest T-Mobile commercial from the UK, you might of seen a previous one that was filmed at Liverpool Street Station in London and consisted of crowds of people suddenly breaking out into dance in the middle of rush hour, it was fun. The new one is filmed in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport just as you exit from baggage claim and customs, where friends and family gather to greet International arrivals, this one is even better, brilliantly done, briliantly sung. It’s called Welcome Home and that’s the name of the final song they sing, and this will become another memory tied to a song, I have exited that arrivals door on multiple occasions since the terminal opening in 2008, and it feels so good to be home. I have played this commercial 20 times in the past 24 hours, because it makes me feel good and a little sad, as I miss the place. Give it a try and I hope you feel the same way. Click Here
London is a warm and welcoming place, you won’t be greeted quite like this, but it’s still a wonderful and friendly place to visit!