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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pure Bliss

- I'm coming waltzing back and moving into your head -

I have almost 6500 songs on my iPod. That's 17 days of music!

For as long as I can remember I have sang along to the radio and when I was a little girl, into my brush handle in front of the mirror in my bedroom.

In elementary and high school I participated in choir.

I've always had the largest music collection of all my friends and I still own vinyl and cassette tapes.

I love music and have a very eclectic taste. I'll listen to just about anything.

Music has always been a very big part of my life and the soundtrack of so many of my memories.

I have feel good songs to help lift me up when I'm feeling down:

Dirt Off Your Shoulder by Jay-Z

She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks

I have melancholy songs to make me sad when I need a good cry:

Pictures Of You by The Cure

You Will Make It by Jem

Fallen by Sarah McLachlan

I have songs to pump me up when I need a little extra burst of energy at the gym:

Rump Shaker by Wreckx-N-Effect

Starry Eyed Surprise - Paul Oakenfeld

I created a special play list called Wine & Conversation that we typically play when entertaining. It is comprised of tunes by artists such as: Harry Connick, Jr., Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, Blue October, Sade, Feist and Jason Mraz and it helps me relax, unwind and always puts an easy smile upon my face.

I have songs that remind me of important events in my life:

Fade Into You by Mazzy Starr was playing when I got into my first car accident.

Drive by The Cars was playing the first time I slow danced with a boy.

Unforgettable by Natalie Cole was the song my father and I danced to at my wedding.

I have songs that remind me of important people in my life:

Just Like Heaven by The Cure takes me back to my college days and dancing with my roommate, Erin at frat parties and then a little later in life when we became struggling to make ends meet career women.

The moment I hear Melt With You by Modern English I instantly think of my best friend, Colleen and how much she loves this song. I swear she pees a little every time she hears it, it makes her that happy.

My father loved Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears and now I do too. I can always picture him swaying his hips and closing his eyes as he tried to sing along.

To pick just ONE song with significance would be down right impossible, however, there is just one song that I have played more than any other, one song's lyrics that I carry around with me in my wallet because along with the music, this song to me is pure bliss.

Almost seven minutes long, the music starts off slow, speeds up, then slows again and doesn't let go of me until the very last note. Acoustic guitar, bass, sax, violin, trumpet and drums all working together in perfect harmony.

The accompanying voice is powerful, sexy and strong and the lyrics, bittersweet.

Experiencing this song live is one of the most magical events of my life and I have been fortunate to witness it several times.

The song I'm referring to is #41 by Dave Matthews Band.

This post was written for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop Prompt 5) A song with significance.

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Blogger Natalie said...

I love every single song you listed's weird!

As for your Wine & Conversation list...I need it! It sounds amazing!

March 9, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

You copied so many tapes for me when we were in the Gambia - Bangles, Fleet Wood Mac, Suzanne Vega (My Name is Lucas!!),Madona and heaps more! You even used to copy the latest hits on the radio while you were on summer holidays in Arizona! I also really enjoy listening to the playlist you copied for me last April! All I'm missing is you when listening to it! So many songs remind me of you and the good times in the late 80's.
Thanks for sharing all these good songs, T! xoxo
P.S. BTW, our moped accident was on June 26th, 1988! The day you were leaving the Gambia for good! That was so scary!

March 9, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

It sounds like Me and the other Nat agree again. I love all of these songs
It's so hard to pick just one favorite when there are so many amazing ones. Some times I feel like my life has it's own soundtrack because I can relate a memory to so much music.

March 9, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

You and I, my dear, need to do a road trip.
A long roadtrip.
Such a lovely list.
And Dave? Well, I'd run off with Dave.
I so would.

March 9, 2011 at 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Great brought back memories with Mazzy Starr.

And Dave is great to listen to...anytime...anywhere.

Visiting from Mama Kat's...

March 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Oh your song list brings back so many memories! But you can't beat Dave Matthews!

It is hard to narrow it down, but how funny there is always just one that stands out!

March 9, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I couldn't read past the song Rump Shaker. I remember that from a lot time ago. How funny...I haven't heard that song in so long but after reading it I can hear it playing in my head. I think my dreams tonight are going to be filled with Rump Shaker.

March 9, 2011 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Miri said...

Great list, and yes, Dave Matthews is awesome.

March 9, 2011 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I was thinking of doing this writing prompt too but found it impossible to pick just one song. Oh and by the way, I currently have 7675 songs in my itunes! Listening to #41 by Dave Matthews while I comment. : )

March 10, 2011 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

Yes! I love all of these songs as well but you know my fave...#41!

March 10, 2011 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I'm sad. I can never recognize songs by their titles :p So I'm not sure if I like ANY of them LOL

Visiting from Mama Kat's

March 10, 2011 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Carri said...

This is the reason I love music. What else can take you back like it does? Great post!

March 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous alisha said...

love this...great taste! when i saw this prompt, i knew i could never ever pick just one. my favorite explanation of music is the scene in "high fedelity" where he's organizing his vinyl and the other guy comes in and tries to guess how he's organizing and he says "chronological". so true!

March 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Our good friend Dave just came on my ipod.. Of course it was song #41 and it made me think of you. I needed to come by and tell you again how much I love this post.

And I agree wtih Nichole. A road trip with the 3 of us & Dave sounds like a grand idea. Could we just jump on his tour bus?

March 11, 2011 at 8:04 AM  

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