What’s the Soundtrack of Your Life?

I love music.  Like most folks there are snippets of song attached to many parts of my life.  Is this a hold-over from being sung and hummed to as a baby?  I’m not sure.  But I do love music.  So much so that I can’t even figure out how to winnow down the list of my “favorites” for this blog.  Because the act of picking one leads to another and another.  What I do know is that the soundtrack to my life is much like me:  a crazy, mixed up assortment of styles and tempos.  In other words, one heck of an awesome playlist.

  • My early years are filled with the Eagles; Peter, Paul and Mary; Arlo Gutherie; The Beatles; Credence Clearwater Revival; and Johnny Cash.  This is what happens when a hippy-esque girl hooks up with a cowboy.
  • My school years sound more like John Cougar (Mellencamp), AC/DC, and The Bangles.  Some of it was much harder to dance to…
  • Heading off to college added in U2, REM, Kate Bush, Yaz, Bob Marley, Crowded House, and Pink Floyd.  So many new people in my young life and they all shared music with me.
  • My year in the United Kingdom was filled with Wet Wet Wet, Queen, Phil Collins, Deacon Blues, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, 4 Non-Blondes, and Paul Simon.  There were many hours where I tried to make sense of life.  Thank goodness there were good tunes to aid the process.
  • Returning to the US sounded a lot like The Smiths, The Indigo Girls,  and Vivaldi.  For the first time, I had found real love.  He’s still singing to me, all these years later.
  • My early married years were filled with The Traveling Wilburys, Midnight Oil, Nine Inch Nails, Train, Counting Crows, Everclear, Enigma, and The Cure.  We were poor, we were graduate students, we were hungry for our dreams.  We did a lot of singing in our cramped apartments and car rides.
  • The birth of Biggest brought forth lots of Bach, the Gypsy Kings, Cowboy Mouth, Green Day, and Raffi.  And although I never thought I would list a children’s musician, I have to mention Raffi’s presence.  After all, I’ve been singing “Going to the Zoo” for many years now.
  • Adding two more kids to the family mix also added The Barenaked Ladies, Moby, Gin Blossoms, The Jayhawks, Coldplay, Maroon 5, and Garbage.  Luckily, there were lots of great concerts in my 1990s and 2000s.  Each baby went to at least one concert in utero.
  • These past few years have witnessed the addition of Lady Gaga, Eric Hutchinson, Gomez, Guster, Jack Johnson, Snow Patrol, and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.  As I’ve entered my forties, my musical tastes just get more varied…
  • And a trip to Jamaica has forever added at least “I Gotta Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas to my musical playlist.  For the first time in twenty years, my dear Mister Soandso have a “song” that speaks volumes to the two of us.  It was a fabulous trip.

This list is no where complete, but just what came to me in the minutes between my first and soon-to-be second cup of coffee.  How about you?  What music sustains you, lifts you, pleases you?  Are you like me and each mood needs its own track?  (I’m apparently pretty moody.)

Fill up the comments – I love finding new music and I got some iTunes money for my birthday that is begging to be spent…

6 thoughts on “What’s the Soundtrack of Your Life?

  1. I go pretty old school, with Bob Dylan and John Prine. Also Tom Petty has gotten me through some pretty rough stuff. But there are a lot of new artists that speak to me, including Eminem and Rihanna. If I had to pick an all time song it would have to be Everlast’s song “What it’s like”. That song speaks to me.

  2. Too many to list–I’m married to a guy who works with every kind of musical artist there is, so I have access to a whole lot. What really lifts my mood, and makes me feel like moving, is some good old CCR. Never fails to make me smile.

  3. That’s a pretty fine list alright!

    To that I’d have to add: Led Zep, the Who, Pretenders, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Leo Kottke, Nora Jones, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, CSN, Talking Heads, eurythmics, BB KING, ZZ top, Hindemith, Steely Dan, Squeeze, xtc, Alison Krause, James Taylor, and, and, and…

  4. I definitely write to “soundtracks,” though I’ve gotten better about making it official with my last couple novels. There’s always some song or some vibe that inspires me, and I’m completely incapable of sitting at my computer writing without music in the background.

    By the way, I still love Crowded House. Always have, always will.


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