Last time I talked about books; today I want to talk about another staple in my life- music. I’ve been surrounded by music my entire life, since there are a few musically inclined people in my family. My Grandy likes to tell stories of how she used to sing me to sleep when I was a little baby; she would apparently sing what felt like the entire hymnbook before I would go to sleep (or maybe that story is about one of my brothers…). Anyway, as I was listening to my i-Pod today, I realized that there are some songs that bring up certain memories. I thought I’d share a few.
As The Deer: This song is special, because this is the song my mom and I sang together on many occasions. We split up the verses and sang the chorus together. At the time, I didn’t always enjoy it since I was nervous and I was afraid of messing up, but now I treasure those memories of singing with my mom. ( I also sang this song for chorus in middle school as a solo and earned a Distinguished.)
I’m Not That Girl: I first heard this song as part of the Wicked musical while I was in London, but the real memory associated with this is on a band trip. It was dark and rainy (always raining when it’s sad in movies, so I’m going to add that detail). The guy I had been dating the previous school year and part of the summer had just broken up with me a few weeks previous. He had already moved on to another girl, who happened to be in band as well. Even though looking back I realize that our relationship was never really much of anything and never meant to be, I was still hurt at the time. I did not like seeing those two up in front of me cuddling. This song came across my mp3 and so now I associate this song with that moment.
Hard Knock Life: Happier story. This is the song I learned at a dance workshop while in elementary school. No, I’m not a dancer, but as a child I thought I was. I don’t remember any of the moves, but this song reminds me of that phase of my life.
Strong Enough (Matthew West): This song reminds me of a few weeks ago when I just felt particularly weak (emotionally that is). I’m not going into details, but this song reminds me that I am strong with Christ. It also reminds me of Bonner Spring Break last year when one of the other volunteers sang this while making dinner.
Ice Ice Baby: My friends are always surprised when I know the lyrics to this song, but this was our band song for a while. Every band trip we would sing (?) this song together. Also one section did a parody of this at band camp talent show called Ice Ice Bunny.
Amazing Grace (Chains) (Chris Tomlin): I love this song. I associate this song with Metropolis Illinois at a church there. I performed this song in sign language interpretation and for some reason while performing this that time, I felt what the song really meant. It was a powerful moment that words can’t describe.
I’m sure there are many more songs I could list, but those are the ones that come to my head right now.