I know I have mentioned before how I love to read blogs. It’s part of my daily routine now. Laundry, then read a post from Just another blog from a woman. Dishes, then read a post from Hot Mess Memoir. Bake the bread, start dinner..oh time for a post from Losing the Plot. OK, you get the idea.(This list could go an and on..). But, for the past several weeks I have been enjoying the Top Ten Tunes posts that come out each Friday. They are written by Just another Blog from a Woman and remind me how much music has played a role in my life. She posts the Top Ten Tunes from the years of her life (we are similar in age so, my life too). Her posts have inspired me to make a soundtrack of my life. Do yourself a favor and check out her posts.
So, could you pick out the soundtrack of your life? How many songs would be on the list? 10? 20? 50? or 100? More? Do you start with the year of your birth? Or when you finally had music touch your soul? Songs can mean so much, and often they feel like they were written for us alone. I remember many events and times based on the song that was playing in the background. Music is the background of my life. I have tried to write this list several times, and then remember another song that should be on the list, so I rewrite..again and again. I tried to write a list for each year, my list was WAY too long. So, I finally broke up my life into Childhood, the Middle School Years, High School, My Twenties, The Thirties and Now.
Finally, I had trouble picking a single song from an Artist/Band and instead picked the Artist or Band. Then added several artists and bands. This list is not complete, I feel that this post could potentially go on forever as I continue to add more and more music that has been influential in my life.
Songs from Childhood (The 70’s). These are the songs that I remember from my childhood. Many are songs that my Dad played on the record player, and others are the songs that we listened to on our little radios.
- The American Graffiti Soundtrack from 1973. This played in our house for many, many years. I still love it.
- Another Brick in the Wall-Pink Floyd. I heard this for the first time on my little hand held radio. It was world changing for me.
- John Denver. Yes, a guilty pleasure. I loved John Denver as a child, and still do.
- Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks.
- Rod Stewart. I vividly remember walking through a store with my Dad. “Do ya Think I’m Sexy” came on the PA system. My Dad immediately started singing along and doing a little dance-like walk. Every time I hear this song I think of my dad dancing in the local Meijer store.
- Elton John
- James Taylor
- Jimmy Buffett
The Middle School Years
I may have been a goofy looking dork, but the music was amazing.
- The Police
- Adam and the Ants
- Cyndi Lauper
- Billy Idol
- Michael Jackson
- J. Geils Band
- David Bowie
- Culture Club
Still a goofy looking dork, but again, the music was so good.
- The Cure
- Guns N Roses
- Psychedelic Furs
- The Alarm
- Led Zeppelin
- The Smiths
- INXS-My first concert ever. The best!
- Ozzy Osbourne
- The Clash
Less dorky looking. We were ready to hit the town.
- Soundgarden. All of it, every song, over and over and over again.
- Pearl Jam
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Alanis Morrisette
- Sheryl Crow
- The Black Crows
- Blues Traveler
- Faith No More
- Save Ferris
- Anything by the band Staind. All of it, every song, over and over again.
- Dixie Chicks
- Tim McGraw
- Kenny Chesney
- No Doubt
- Reel Big Fish
- Mighty Mighty Bosstones
- The Offspring
- Green Day
- Everything that I listed from the previous 47 years
- Haunted-Sinead O’Conner and Shane MacGowen. Although the song was released in 96, it still sings to me.
- Flogging Molly-Yep, all of it. Love them.
- Die Toten Hosen
- Ed Sheeran
- Real Mackenzie’s
- Sam Cooke
- Lots of German music, I have no idea who any of them are, but I listen each day..trying desperately to learn this language…
So, looking at this I feel like I have left out so many. This list really could/should go on and on forever.
What songs and artists would be on the Soundtrack of your life?