Soundtrack of my Life

beaverdamusa.com music musings zach claytonSo as I sit here contemplating my next musing on Music Musings, it is the culmination of my 50th trip around the sun.  I joke that my chronological age is finally getting closer to my “feel like” age.  I am wondering if I really am 50 though.  I haven’t received the time-honored rite of passage into the next half century – the AARP card.

As I think back through my 50 years, some years aren’t there for various reasons (baby years, that one wild weekend in Key West, etc.).  But there is one thing that is always there – music.

Music is truly the soundtrack of our lives.  From the lullabies our parents sang to us are babies to the songs played at our funerals, music is always there with us.  As you think about each of the following situations in your own life – close your eyes and think about the song that comes to mind:

First concert: Eddie Money

  • What songs did you sing or play to your children when they were babies?  Mine was Harry Chapin’s Gold Medal Anthology and Jimmy Buffett’s Ballads (from the box set).
  • What artist was the first you ever saw in concert? – Mine was Eddie Money my sophomore year in high school at Vandy’s Memorial Gym.
  • What were your favorite slow dance (aka belly-rubbin’) songs in high school?  Mine were “After the Love is Gone” by Earth Wind & Fire,, “Babe” by Styx, and “Keep on Loving You” by REO, just to name a few.
  • What is your “go to” song for when your boy/girlfriend broke up with you?  Had to be “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi.
  • What is your favorite “pump me up” song?  Has to be Van Halen’s “Dreams” for me.
  • What song did you use for the first dance at your wedding?  We danced to “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins, but I made sure “When It’s Love” by Van Halen was in the playlist.
  • What one song do you want to be played at your funeral/memorial service?  If I had to pick one, it would be “The Dance” by Garth Brooks.

Go back and listen to these songs today.  Do they still stir up thoughts and emotions?  Enjoy the trip down memory lane. I’m off to see if iTunes will give an AARP discount.

Zach

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