Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My Soundtrack

I'm going to steal a blogging idea from my friend at Stella and Thomas.. I know she won't mind. I have written about music on here before but some times I forget how important it is to me sometimes. Lyrics speak to me at different times, remind me of people or times in my life. Affect my mood, pull me from sadness, or let me linger in sadness when I need to. Or give me quotes to hang on to. The other thing is that for the most part I can listen to any type of music, depends on my mood, the environment and the company.

Two of my all time favorite quotes come from songs...

"A pocket is no place for a smile anyway"
-The Mountains Win Again by Blues Traveler

and

"You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need"
Rolling Stones

On my recent trip for work, I felt like someone had plugged my mp3 player into every place we went, so many songs we heard were from my mp3 player...

Some songs that have been a general theme in my life since I can remember... Dreams by Van Halen and Fool in the Rain by Zepplin. Perhaps it was the Blue Angels video and my desire to be fighter pilot or just that I think dreams are a pretty powerful thing, both the kind you have when you are sleeping and the ones you consciously create. And well Fool in the Rain because I love running, skipping, playing in the rain.

Right now, I'm enjoying a couple of songs fairly regularly- Summertime by Bon Jovi, because this has been an amazing summer and Find Yourself in You by Everlife and This is Me from Camp Rock- both because it has been an awesome summer of self discovery and growth!

I have a dear, dear friend who I equate Sara Bareilles song City with. If he knew, he would probably not be too pleased, simply because his taste in music is pretty particular- NIN, Tool, White Stripes. But he makes me feel safe, always does, at my lowest moments I just want to be near him, and I feel safe.

During the final months of the divorce my Mom gave me the This One's For the Girls Martina McBride CD. She had played at a funeral for a young woman who had died and left behind her 13 year old daughter. It was karma, I immediately felt like the cd had been made for me. Not a huge country fan, but She's a Butterfly spoke to me- the flying after the darkness of the divorce (no matter how smoothly a divorce goes, there is still monumental sadness, sorrow and grief).

I also really enjoy playing This One's for the Girls for Sunshine. It is powerful, letting her know that you are what you are and that's just fine! And like the woman who had In My Daughter's Eyes played for her daughter, it too describes how I feel about Sunshine. "The miracle God gave to me gives me strength when I am weak".

Two songs remind me of college... Whenever I See Your Smiling Face by James Taylor.. it was my song, my friend Vanice sang it to me one day, and after that, it was just my song, people would sing it to me all the time- and I loved it! And Jesse's Girl by Rick Springfield... I remember dancing on the tables to that song. It was all about the line.. "and she's watching him with those eyes!".

High school was a different story- that part of my life has a lot of Sinead O'Connor and Bon Jovi running through it, and to this day, I am still a big fan of the hair bands! Oh, and the whole The Wall Album and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. I had a friend commit suicide shortly after she graduated from high school, I remember sitting in my room at college and playing Comfortably Numb over and over again, she loved that song.

I have a friend who is a DJ and he says all the time, music is the spice of life, I tend to agree, or at least agree, that my life has a soundtrack playing all the time and it makes me smile!

2 comments:

Stella and Thomas said...

Of course I do not mind:-)

I love the Van Halen song too! I just listened to the whole song and it brings me back...

Isn't it funny how songs can do that?

shamalam said...

I love how songs do that.. Spin Doctor's was on in the car today.. I so remember being at the house and dancing to that...

Think Dreams is part of the reason for my first tattoo... see what a trend that started???