Monday, May 04, 2009

Musical Life Mantras

I once had a friend that liked to make soundtracks of her life. I thought that was pretty cool-I mean, how many times have you heard a song and it just fit so perfectly with your life situation, a relationship you had, or just seemed

Here's just a taste of some of mine:

1. I distinctly remember Michael W Smith's Album "Change Your World", which I sang in the car to unborn Jake on the way to the hospital to be induced into labor because he was 10 days late (and I so didn't want him to be born on Christmas Day)

You will find that life's worth living
In this world, it's out of this world
With a little love and a little giving
In this world, it's out of this world

Later on when Jake was 8 years old, that album was his favorite.

2. Hubs and I were just starting to date, sitting in a coffee shop, falling in love...and this was playing-it seemed so totally fitting! By Vanessa Williams, "Save the Best for Last"

Sometimes the very thing you're looking for
Is the one thing you can't see

Hubs knew I was the one from the first time he saw me, he says. It took me a bit longer.

3. This one became a mantra back when everything was going wrong; Hubs was laid off, we both were having health problems, my job was ultra-stressful, Jake was falling apart, the house was up for sale (there were no buyers!), and it truly was a case of "can only go UP from here!"

You guessed it-Shania Twain's UP!

Sung every day in the car on my way to work-sometimes, it was the only thing that got me through the morning.

When everything is goin' wrong
Don't worry, it won't last for long
Yeah, it's all gonna come around
Don't go let it get you down
You gotta keep on holding on

Later on, we sang it and danced around the kitchen when Hubs got a job, we found a new house, and everything...was...UP!

4. Standing in the supermarket, trying to decide between cereals, and Hubs was living and working in another town, I was desperately trying to hold it together . I missed him so much and when this came on over the loudspeakers, I burst into tears. Right beside the cheerios.

Richard Marx Right Here Waiting For You

Oceans apart day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn't stop the pain

5. During our fight against a school district, and trying to get Jake diagnosed, this one also became a mantra.

Christina Aguilera's Fighter

'Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

Later on Jake turned to me and said, "I'm almost glad that I went through that. I'm a fighter now."

6. Sometimes you just need a kick in the pants to follow your dreams. We were in a new town, with new jobs, I didn't know a soul, and we were starting over.

Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes 'til I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

7. This one I sang to Jake as a baby, and then took it as a sign that things would be okay when his grade 5 teacher then sang it to him, after we had a few years of hell in a previous school district.

Kenny Loggins House At Pooh Corner

It's hard to explain how a few precious things
Seem to follow throughout all our lives
After all's said and done I was watching my son
Sleeping there with my bear by his side
So I tucked him in, kissed him, and as I was going
I swear that old bear whispered, "Boy, welcome home"

Sadly, this amazing person passed away a year later and this song was also played at his memorial service. Jake and I have a hard time listening to it now without tearing up.

8. Now years later, this one has become my mantra. Through everything we went through, we came out on the other side stronger, better, wiser.

Carrie Underwood "Lessons Learned"

And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I'd get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I'm thankful, for every break in my heart,
I'm grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned.

What are your musical mantras? Want to listen to the songs I listed? Go to my profile.

Edited to fix the numbers. Told you I couldn't count!

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