Friday, September 26, 2008

Soundtrack of Our Lives

I was driving home from the bf's tonight after a lazy night of watching Bones. (I suppose the term relaxing has a much better connotation in this case). My stereo had been turned down as I was on the phone when I turned off my car earlier. As I turned it back up, strains of Slow Me Down by Emmy Rossum filled the car. This reminded me of back in March when I was first moving into my apartment, etc. Of course that led me to think specifically about music and it's impact on my life.

I find that my favorite songs tend to stick for a while, and then get rotated. There are always the few that are my favorite no matter what. It's not that I get sick of the other songs, I just find new favorites. But listening to that song tonight really took me back to the time when I really started listening to it and the feelings that I felt as I listened and sang along.

I've seen memes where the purpose is to provide the soundtrack to your life. But I've always had a hard time with such things, and I think I finally know why. The soundtrack of my life wouldn't be one big album. It would be a collection of sampler cds that changed every once in a while. Each would be devoted to a certain time or event in my life. Some songs might reappear, while others tend to fade away for a rainy day. Let Go by Frou Frou would be a steady constant dating from the end of my junior year to's a perpetual favorite.

Here's an example of a part of my life soundtrack:
Time Period: finishing student teaching, living with my Godmother, starting back at the tech center, finding and moving into my new apartment and living on my own for the first time.

-Let Go by Frou Frou (the constant)
-Slow Me Down by Emmy Rossum
-Love Song by Sarah Bareilles
-Falling by Emmy Rossum

I'm sure there are other songs from this time, but these four were dominant. And they change after a while, and sometimes there isn't much of a soundtrack. Sometimes the beauty is in the silence. (though rarely silent for me with my musical inclinations)

What would your life soundtrack look like? Would it be smaller compilations like mine or something entirely different?


Tickled Pink And Green said...

Is that Emily the model also? Doesn't she model a lot for Ralph Lauren? Maybe I'm confused.

Mary Alice said...

Hummm....I'm going to have to think about that.

Maybe, one of them would be Set This Circus Down - Tim McGraw.

The lyrics remind me of our life as a military family:

Sometimes this road, it just keeps winding
Round and round and back again
But you've always kept me smiling
Over every hill, round every bend
Baby you're the one smiling with me when the sun comes up
I got the wheel, you got the map and that's enough

And we go rolling down this highway
Chasing all our crazy dreams
I've gone your way and you've gone my way
And everywhere in between
One of these days we'll find a piece of ground
Just outside of some sleepy little town
And set this circus down

Sometimes I lie awake just thinking
Of all the horizons we have seen
And as another day is sinking
I thank God you're here with me
'Cause baby you're the one laughing with me when the sun goes down
Living on faith and holding on tight to the love we found

Jaina said...

Tickled Pink and Green-No, it's Emmy Rossum....she played Christine on the movie version of Phantom of the Opera with Gerard Butler. She has an amazingly phenomenal voice.

Mary Alice-I haven't heard that song, but I like the lyrics. I'll have to go check it out...I like Tim McGraw

EatPlayLove said...

I have a hard time with things like that, my love of music seems so vast, I would have a hard time narrowing down to my favorites.

Although I did successfully complete 2 mixes for my labor and delivery, it was fun to pick songs that my daughters would potentially be born hearing!

OHmommy said...


I was just having this conversation with the husband after watching Reality Bites. That was one awesome soundtrack.

Jaina said...

EatPlayLove-I know what you mean. My favorite songs go through stages...and I often find that I forget some of them when I try to list them. I have a very eclectic taste. I don't go by genre or artist...I listen to what sounds good, so naturally I find a LOT of different music that I love.

OHMommy-I haven't seen that, I'll have to check it out!

Kellan said...

My life soundtrack would not be all that interesting. This was a great post, Jaina.

Have a good week - Kellan

Kimberly said...

Love song is one of my all time favs! I'm going to go look up the others you mentioned.

I love anything by Rosie Thomas, Matt Costa, and Oren Lavie right now. Love their unique sounds.

Anonymous said...

Oh, my soundtrack changes with my mood. An old boyfriend send me a cd he made called Life is a Soundtrack. I loved it, hubby did not. It was all the 80's songs we listened to back then. I can understand why hubby wasn't so understanding.

Listen, I deleted Life of Triggers. My first name is Cheryl, middle name Eileen. I hope you will join me in my new "home."

Music just takes me to so many places, it is amazing. Loved this topic!

Jaina said...

Kellan-Thanks! I'm sure you'd have some interesting music on that soundtrack ;)

Kim-Isn't it just fabulous?? I hope you like those other songs. I'll have to look up the other artists your mentioned.

Cheryl-I can see how he might not be appreciative. Thanks so much for the heads up on your new blog. I'll definitely be there :)

Momo Fali said...

What is this silence thing you speak of? Mostly, my soundtrack involves classical music from Little Einsteins...thanks to my six year old.

Jaina said...

Momo-Haha, it's a very rare thing, even when you live by yourself in your own quiet little apartment. I love classical though, sounds like great music to me. I hope you find a little bit of silence sometime :)

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

My life soundtrack might possibly be the Shrek soundtrack.


Candice said...

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Jaina said...

Candice-I don't mind in the least, thanks for linking, and for leaving the link. I'll definitely check out the project! :)

Jaina said...

MamaGeek-A good soundtrack I must say. I don't have it, but I've heard it. :)