I like music, but I will admit, I don’t love it in the same way some people do. I know some people in my life who, without a doubt, need music in order for their souls to survive. There are others, who have a really in depth working knowledge of music and you can tell it’s a big part of their daily lives. Even my husband is this way to a degree. He was a drummer in a metal band in high school, played piano and I think he will be disappointed if one of our children does not grow up to play some type of instrument. His whole family loves musical theatre as well. I do enjoy music, I just don’t have that kind of engrained, deep down appreciation and need for this particular art.
However, I was driving in my car today and a few different songs came across my iPod that made me feel a little emotional in my currently over tired state. And I realized that even though I don’t live and breathe music, I do sort of have a soundtrack with a lot of meaning in it for my life. I would be willing to bet everyone does.
For example, Sweet Caroline will always take me back to my college days in Boston and football season. Nirvana, Metallica and Poison will always make me think of my brother. Peter, Paul and Mary and the soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar will always make me think of my Mom. My Dad and I used to sing American Pie together when I was little and he always comes to mind when I hear it. There are songs that remind me of certain friends and old boyfriends. Runaround Sue always takes me back to the days when I interned at the Boston Aquarium and often played this song as an introduction to the Sea Lion show that I helped out with.
The song that started me on this train of thought today was, A New Day Has Come, by Celine Dion. This song is about finally being given the gift of her first born child. A dream she feared would not be realized and the eventual blessing of becoming a mother. This song always makes me reflect on my own two gifts in the face of infertility.
But, there are other songs as well.
Your Song, by Elton John was my wedding song. It took us forever to find a song that we felt defined us as a couple and which meant something to us and that we enjoyed listening to. Other than having pretty similar tastes in music, we didn’t really go dancing or to concerts, so their wasn’t a particular song that stood out in our relationship prior to getting engaged. The lyrics in this song ended up hitting home. I listened to a lot of Elton John while painting one of our first apartments together and when I really took the time to listen to the lyrics of this particular song, it just made sense for us to use it as our wedding song. Listening to it still makes me smile.
You Are My Sunshine is another song that means a lot to the soundtrack of my life. I have sung this to both of my kids since birth. It has always calmed them and even now at almost 4 years of age, Nora sometimes asks me to sing it to her when I tuck her in at night.
So, I guess music has managed to find it’s way into my life even without me really giving it much thought. I like that it helps me remember different stages of my life and I am curious to see what will still be added to my soundtrack as I go along.
Give it some thought… what is on your soundtrack?