If your life were a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?
This was so hard for me…because I couldn’t narrow it down. I’ve always thought of my life in terms of having a soundtrack. And there are many songs that, the instant that I hear them, I can clearly recall a memory associated with them, ex. Might as well be walking on the sun…instantly back in college, at a bar with my roomie slamming her fists down on the table and screaming out that line…and the crazy night that followed. And no, you’re not getting that story out of me, uh-uh.
I thought about being sappy, with There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney or You’re Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins or The Dance by Garth Brooks.
And then I thought about being funny like Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old by Garth Brooks or try to convince you that Dancin‘ For the Groceries by Kenny Chesney was my life.
But, instead, I decided to go by stages of my life. And, if you are not a country music person, I’m sorry- you probably won’t have a clue about any of these songs…but they are all awesome and you should go listen to them.
Stage 1: Young woman eager to get out into the big world and make something of herself, striking out on her own to “find herself.” I actually sang this song in the car a la Jerry Maguire singing Free Falling as I was moving far, far away from everyone I knew.
Song and Artist: Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks
Most telling lyric: To find a dream and a life of their own, a place in the clouds, a foundation of stone…She needs wide open spaces, room to make the big mistakes…
Stage 2: Angry young woman, tired of being stereotyped by the people around her, who weren’t actually taking the time to see who she really is, to see that she really does dance
Song and Artist: She Doesn’t Dance by Mark McGuinn
Most telling lyric: (sorry about this, I have to list the whole chorus) She doesn’t dance and she hates dark smokey places, she doesn’t own any fancy high heel shoes or short sexy dresses, her hair would be up the way that I love, never so down and crazy, believe me I know my baby, and she doesn’t dance
Stage 3: Woman happily in love with her husband. This was actually our wedding song and it holds true now. Through all our ups and downs, we do know that we will last.
Song and Artist: All the Way by Lonestar
Most telling lyric: Every day, I’ll be here loving you all through the years, and it’s true, there’s so much freedom in knowing how sure we are that we’re going all the way
Stage 4: Mommy madly in love with her little boys and wanting the best for them…a stage that, like stage 3, keeps on going
Song and Artist: My Wish by Rascal Flatts
Most telling lyric: My wish for you is that your life becomes all that you want it to
Stage 5: Woman realizing that, to hell with what other people think, I am who I am, I want what I want, and if you don’t like it, well….
Song and Artist: Settlin‘ by Sugar Land
Most telling lyric: I ain’t settlin‘ for just getting by, I’ve had enough so-so for the rest of my life….I ain’t settlin‘ for anything less than everything
Woo-hoo! Such a fun MEme! Thanks for stopping by and sorry if any of these songs are now stuck in your head. And, if you don’t know any of them, go listen to them!
*Editing to add that I really thought about deleting all of these songs and simply listing Kenny Chesney’s I’m alive to cover everything. But, I still had to throw that little tidbit in there, due to my love of Kenny.