Music was an integral part of my formative years. My parents used to force me and my sister to sing for guests during parties (now that I think about it, I really should have charged them). I was also a part of the church choirs all throughout my teenage years and then college ensemble at NYU. But then the real world happens and that was the full extent of my music career. OH WELL.
Don’t worry this post won’t be lamenting my short-run as a singer, not like I’m bitter or anything… But rather how music moves us all. Whether it’s a tragic love song, a happy tune, or a light standard, music easily takes us down memory lane.
Here are seven songs that represent significant times or people in my life. A few are from way back when, others are more recent but all of them have made me feel reflective or jovial. If you want to listen along as I give my blurbs about each song head over to my playlist!
1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
My Dad always sang this song when my sister and I were sick, so it’ll always be near and dear to my heart. Also the history of this song is pretty entertaining.
George Harrison played hooky one day to avoid a meeting with his bandmates, so he went to his friend Eric Clapton’s house and wrote this well-loved tune.
2. Run – Delta Rae
I’ve been a runner for six years and I like listening to songs that get me excited to go out on the pavement. I was making a new running playlist last year and found this song. As soon as I heard the strings my blood and feet were pumped for a run. I love the meaning behind the song too, encouraging us to run after what we’re made to do.
3. Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
This 1974 hit by Redbone was written by band member Lolly Vegas and produced by Lolly and his brother Pat Vegas. It has been featured in many films but its most recent appearance was the title scene for Guardians of the Galaxy.
I’ve heard this song many times but it will always remind me of movie nights with my daughter, Hannah “The Babas” Ysabelle.
4. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
My dad was a huge Nat King Cole fan, every weekend he listened to all of his hits on the phonograph. This song is a little more special than the others because my dad always asked my mom for a dance; even when she was busy preparing food she would stop and dance with him. This song reminds me of their love and made me hopeful that I will one day meet the man who’ll ask me to dance every day.
But maybe not this song… A Justin Timberlake song perhaps! (See Song #6)
5. This Will Be – Natalie Cole
This song is very dear to me, and not for romantic reasons. When I first saw my daughter’s beautiful face I knew then and there that I would have an everlasting kind of love for her.
TRVIA: This song is what earned Natalie Cole her first Grammy (New Artist category)
6. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING – Justin Timberlake
Meeting Steve Thomas was one of best unexpected gifts I have ever received. We are complete opposites, but the way I feel for this hunk cannot be stopped! And JT’s song is the musical embodiment of those feelings. He is my forever dance partner.
7. Beautiful Things – Gungor
Let me finish this post with an inspirational song (lyrics here) from Gungor, a band from Denver. Beautiful Things was written by husband and wife team Michael and Lisa Gungor. The message, as explained by Michael, is “an expression of hope that God […] will somehow use us, use our obedience and love, our feeble human effort and build Himself a Kingdom”
I hope this blog has encouraged you to start off the week with uplifting tunes, either from my own playlist or one you’ve created yourself. And as always, have a happy Monday!