So, my dear childhood friend, Sarah (who has a really cute and fun blog called “Spoonful of Sarah”) posted a list of songs that have been meaningful in her life. Since I read that post, I’ve been thinking about the songs that have been meaningful in my life–so I decided to post my list as well.
Music has always been part of my life. I’ve been singing since I was small. I’m sure there were a lot of songs that I loved to sing when I was little–“Where Is Thumbkin” during library story time, “Five Little Pumpkins” in kindergarten, “I Am A Promise” in children’s choir at church, songs in music class at school, songs with my family, songs everywhere! I sang in choirs throughout my childhood, took voice lessons in high school, enjoyed singing at campus ministry meetings and gatherings in college, sang in church services throughout my adult life and currently sing with our church’s 8:30 worship team. I listen to a lot of music and I always have. I have a pretty eclectic musical taste, as this list will reveal. So here it is:
Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” This was the first cassette tape I owned and I received it for Christmas somewhere around the time I was seven years old. I played it over and over.
I find it kind of funny that the second song on my list is “Nasty Boys” by Janet Jackson. I learned every word and made up a dance to it, which I performed regularly in my bedroom when I was 9.
My friend Jennifer and I watched “Dirty Dancing” every day for about a year. My next song is “The Time Of My Life” from the soundtrack.
The next song is Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance” for no other reason than they played it at EVERY SINGLE school dance I attended in middle school and high school. Also, let’s take a moment to recognize that some pretty inappropriate songs were played at school dances. Yes, thank you, that does make me sound kind of old.
In high school, I listened to a lot of musicals. My favorite was “Les Miserables.” I sang “On My Own” in a church talent show when I was in tenth grade.
Wow, did I listen to Guns n Roses “November Rain” a lot. I mean, a lot. Especially on long trips with my family. On my giant walkman. I think I wore the tape out.
During my senior year of high school, I had four CDs that were playing non-stop in my bedroom. “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morrisette, “August and Everything After” by the Counting Crows, “Automatic For The People” by REM and Nirvana “Unplugged.”
One of my maternal grandfather’s favorite hymns was “How Great Thou Art.” I sang it as a solo in church once when they were visiting. I can’t remember the occasion, but I do remember the song and I still get a little misty eyed when we sing that song in church.
I was part of a fantastic youth group when I was in high school. Our youth director, Christin, took me to my first Christian Concert: Michael W. Smith, Stephen Curtis Chapman and Amy Grant (I know–like the big 3 in 1996!). Smitty’s “Friends are Friends Forever” is a song I sang at our high school baccalaureate. Also, it should be noted that this song was featured prominently at many closing circles at camps I counseled when I used to counsel camp.
I discovered Carly Simon as an adult. Her song “You’re So Vain” makes me feel cool. I have no idea why, but I love to sing it.
Jason and I danced to “If You Could See What I See” by Geoff Moore (and the Distance) at our wedding. Some days, I wish we had chosen something a little less…cheesy. But it’s a good song for wedding dances, I suppose.
Wow, there are so many other songs I could list. My current favorites are Jack Johnson, Chris Tomlin, Dashboard Confessional, Andrew Peterson, Norah Jones, Coldplay and the soundtrack to “Pulp Fiction.” Like I said–eclectic.
So, what are your songs?