Life’s Soundtrack

Saturday afternoon, as I was driving around doing errands and listening to the radio, I started thinking about the music that has gotten me through different times of my life. I can’t recall now what song triggered this train of thought, but I know it’s not the first time it’s crossed my mind.

It amazes me that for whatever mood, feeling, thought or emotion I’ve experienced, there was a song to match it. Some recent examples…It’s So Simple by Saosin encouraged me be honest with myself. Strange and Beautiful by Aqualung perfectly fit a crush I had this summer (thanks Lisa).

Sometimes it’s not even an entire song, but just a lyric or chorus. Example, Hallelujah by Paramore has a line that goes “somehow everything is gonna fall right into place; if we only had a way to make it all fall faster everyday.” This particular lyric has helped  me through some recent confused and conflicting feelings by simply reminding me not to worry so much. Life has a way of working itself out and I just need to be patient.

I think we all tend to associate specific songs with events in life. Graduations, road trips, first times, falling in love, falling out of love, the death of someone close, new jobs, new friends. Every time I hear a song it reminds me of a person or event or time in my life.

I don’t know what I’d do without music. I have to thank all of the musicians and artists who can so easily express the thoughts and feelings I can’t put into sentences. Everyday the soundtrack of my life changes. What will be on tomorrow’s playlist?

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4 thoughts on “Life’s Soundtrack

  1. For no particular reason, I’m going to say “The Listening Man” by The Bees… in part because I love the video, in part because it’s just a good song. Look for it on YouTube:

  2. Hmmmmmmmm…a difficult “ask” (as they say here in NZ). It’s been a long and confusing year moving from one hemisphere to another, and mucis has helped see me through some really tough times in this last trip around the sun. But, I will have to go with Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” for the reasons that it is
    1) Country and therefore very American and comforting to hear in a place so far from home shores

    2) The lyrics are so very true about time slipping by and how we silly humans worry about too much when we should really be enjoying friends, family, adventures, etc.

    3) I still think his tractor is sexy…

    True, tight jeans and a little butt mixed with a cowboy hat and some Cruzan Rum…does it matter Kenny’s only an elf?

  3. I was browsing books at Borders this evening and came across one titled “Love is a Mix Tape” by Rob Sheffield. The book is about a man’s life told through memories linked to the songs he’s listening to on a bunch of mixed tapes. Funny I found it only days after blogging about basically the same idea. So of course I had to buy it. Good read thus far.

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