The Sounds of My Life
I decided that my life has a soundtrack. It’s sorta like a movie, I guess. The best of movies always seem to have the greatest of songs playing softly in the background. These songs tend to lend to the emotion of the situation and contribute to the emphasis of the next big moment. As far back as I can remember, I’ve have always had one song or another stuck in my head and running through my brain. Is that normal? With every BIG moment in my life, there was a song. And it seems that whenever I come across this song unexpectedly, it resurrects the memory of that BIG moment. All of my little “moments” have songs too. I remember things by the songs that I’ve associated with them. The first time I performed on a stage, the first time I put lipstick on, and the first time I remember staring back at myself in a mirror. All of these moments have songs.
While I question how normal this is to have a soundtrack to my life, I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be without music. Music has always been important to me. Music can make or break my mood, and even be used to change my mood when necessary. I’ve used music to party with friends, enjoy a warm bubble bath and cope with unsettling situations. But what I didn’t realize is that I was using music as a way to help my memory. Every single occurrence in my life that has some sort of importance is associated with a song, and as I play that song through my brain the memories of it all come back to me. Again I ask, is that normal?
Freeway of Love, Arethra Franklin – My first stage performance
Yellow Submarine, The Beatles – Having a drink with friends on the balcony of my first apartment
Mentirosa, Mellow Man Ace – An old friend that I constantly wonder the fate of
Always, Pebbles – An Old Neighbor who gave me confidence in myself
Red, Red, Wine, UB40 – An old babysitter who made me laugh
I love Onions, Susan Christie – Riding on the center console of my dad’s camaro
Grandpa, The Judds – Waving at the cars behind us on the freeway from the back window of my Aunt’s wagon
Baby Got Back, Sir Mixalot – The summer I cut all my hair off and instantly regretted it
Nights in White Satin, The Moody Blues – Discovering Myself
Hold On, Wilson Phillips – My mom
Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette – My grandmother’s funeral
Light My Fire, The Doors – Losing My Virginity