A fellow blogger recently posted about the soundtrack of her life and I thought it was a really neat idea. These aren’t your favorite songs (or maybe even ones you like at all), but songs that take you back to an important or transformative place in time. She challenged me to think about mine and share them, too.
And so I have.
In no particular order:
10) You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon – I’m a huge Paul Simon fan anyway, so I’d have probably found a way to slide one of his songs in here one way or another. Still, this particular song reminds me so strongly of a trip to Mexico with friends Kristen and James my sophomore year of college. Kristen and I wandered the beach of San Carlos, a beautiful town on the Sea of Cortez, singing aloud and marveling at the night sky.
9) Have I Told You Lately, Rod Stewart – I’ve written about this song before, but here goes again. This was my mother’s favorite song, and the song played at her funeral. It’s still hard for me to listen to it.
8) Down in the Valley, The Head and the Heart – I love the lyrics of this song, and they play through my mind whenever I’m somewhere beautiful or new. I had it in the back of my mind on the Vistadome train through the Sacred Valley in Peru, as well as when we drove into Yosemite.
I know there’s California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain’t ever been to but
Down in the valley with
These are the places you will find me hidin’
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go
7) Here, There, and Everywhere, the Beatles – This is “our” song, the one we danced to at our wedding in August of 2005. We had just moved from California to Indiana and were on our way to England a few weeks afterward for graduate school. We wanted a life of adventure together and this song was a perfect reminder of the spirit in which we entered our marriage.
6) Indiana, Our Indiana, the Indiana University fight song – Look, this one is about more than just sports, it’s about some of the best four years of my life. I’m immensely proud of my time there, even the bits I wish I could go back and do again (hello Finite!). I will always be a Hoosier. And if my daughter wanted to go to school at IU, well, I’d be one happy mama.
5) I Can’t Help Myself, The Four Tops – This is the song we’d sing to Little Bean while I was pregnant, paraphrasing as so:
Little Bean Little Bean
You know mommy and daddy love you (love you!)
We can’t help ourselves
We love you and no other babies.
4) Part of Your World, The Little Mermaid – When I was a little girl we had these wooden stilts, and I used to stilt (is that a verb?) around the backyard, singing this song to myself. I don’t know why, but this sticks out to me. I think maybe it also speaks to my wanderlust and the idea I had that I wanted to set out on my own and “…explore that shore up above.”
3) Limit to Your Love, Feist – I think everyone has a song like this, but this has been my go-to “I’m-in-the-shower-feeling-sorry-for-myself-sobbing” song. You know, the one you play when the crap has hit the fan and you need a few moments to just let yourself really go there. Wherever there is. I’m not inserting a photo, obviously.
I love I love I love this dream of going upstream
I love I love I love all the trouble that you give me
I know I know I know that only I can save me
I’ll go I’ll go I’ll go out on the road.
2) Luck be a Lady, Frank Sinatra – Right. When I think of this song I don’t even think of Frank Sinatra singing it, I think of my friends singing it. And hilarity ensuing.
1) I’m Just a Little Black Raincloud, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – This is my special song to Margot, the one I sing to her in quiet moments.
So this was a nice exercise. Anyone interested in putting together their list? I’d love to see it.