Have you ever randomly heard a song that had a huge impact on you? It seems to happen to me quite frequently. I might hear a song and be instantly transported back in time to a certain event or occasion. Other songs just seem to speak to me Ė I might start dancing, humming or even crying along. The power of music is undisputed, and music is very much a part of my life. In fact, Iím convinced that all of those songs that keep coming back to me and make me stop in my tracks are part of the soundtrack to my life.
My Life, the Movie
No, I donít particularly want to be a movie star, but stepping back from my day-to-day is fun on occasion. Sometimes itís necessary because Iíve become so overwhelmed by all that I do. But when I stop to look back in time and consider what lays ahead of me, things tend to unwind just like a movie starring me. Iím the center of my movie and other characters come and go. Some are supporting actors such as my family and close friends that are there for the duration. Others are romantic interests and there are always a few enemies, I guess. But most of all, my life the movie wouldnít be complete without the right songs accompanying it.
I Pick the SongsÖOr the Songs Pick Me
I donít listen to as wide a variety of music as Iíd like. Sometimes my first exposure to a particular song is through a commercial. (Thanks, Gap!) Other times I try out a few new songs because I like an artist or listen to that kind of music all the time. Iím convinced, however, that songs from a life soundtrack donít all belong in one kind of music. Just as your life progresses down one path with many twists and turns, your soundtrack will do the same.
So, you might be wondering whatís on my soundtrack. To tell you the truth, Iím not sure I know the complete album myself. I can easily list a handful of songs that make the list at the moment and even the parts of my life where they apply, but Iím assaulted by memories at least a few times every month when I hear a song from forever ago that absolutely must join the list. Other times, I hear a song, want it for my soundtrack, but canít get the title or author for a bit. But for a sampling:The River
by Garth Brooks brings back sentimental memories of camp one summer. A boy asked me to dance to this song, and I had no idea that he even realized I was at camp that summer. He was a very nice guy and cute, too. It was the first time he spoke to me Ė and the last. But he made such an effort to come across the room and ask me, someone heís never spoken to before, to dance to such a powerful song. *sigh*
Hold On by Wilson Phillips makes me think of my sisters. We got a hold of a Wilson Phillips album years ago and listened to it over and over again while playing video games. Weíd turn the sound off on the games and make the album songs the impromptu soundtrack instead. (I guess I just have a think for self-created soundtracks)Love Story
by Taylor Swift will be part of my soundtrack, but Iím not sure what role it will play just yet. The song might be trivial and fun, but it gives me goose bumps thinking that such a love is possible. The song might become a symbol of what I will find, or it might serve as a reminder to never settle for less than something magical.