For as long as I can remember, I’ve wondered what songs the soundtrack of my life would include. I don’t just mean what are my favorite songs at any given moment (which changes a lot). But more what are the major moments in my life and what songs would be playing in the background if my life were in fact a (really long) movie.
Inspired by such memorable soundtracks as the Garden State soundtrack, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, and songs from Dawson’s Creek, here are some select scenes from that (no doubt award-winning) film, and the songs that back them up.
I always picture the opening scene as me waking up in the morning – single, younger me, not current me. The room is bright and airy, lots of white. Shot opens on my eyes opening, and the song playing is…
Dreams by the cranberries.
Well, it was until pretty recently, when That’s Not My Name by The Ting Tings took the coveted movie-opening spot. Both of the songs have a great, upbeat opening…which is how I want my story to begin. Cut to a montage of me getting ready to face the day (a la Cher in Clueless).
Enter: my first love. We were the cheesiest of couples…which calls for the cheesiest of songs: Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer (in other news, who came up with that name?). Picture us walking hand in hand, surprising each other with handmade gifts, and calling each other the most ridiculously lovey-dovey nicknames you can conjure. Yeah, that was us. And then it wasn’t.
I didn’t date too much after that until later in college. I randomly went to a party with a friend of a friend, where (of course) I met a guy. He worked at a local radio station, which obviously made him even cooler. I remember our first date was to Starbucks…before there was one every few blocks. I ordered a very chocolate-y frappuccino. He was so different than any of my friends, and we had fun together. And then we didn’t.
We’re currently friendly via Facebook, but at the time I was not very nice to him. I think I didn’t know how to do the whole break-up-even-though-you’re-not-really-a-couple thing. Instead, I suggested he listen to Thank You by Sister Hazel. Go ahead, look it up. Yeah, I was pretty harsh.
Fast forward to one of the most significant musical moments in a lot of people’s lives: the first dance at my wedding. My husband and I have very different taste in music, which made choosing something tricky. We had to find something that we both liked AND that was relatively short – because who wants to sway back and forth for eight minutes while a room full of people sit and watch. Our final selection surprised a few people.
Turn Me On by Norah Jones
You can’t deny her sultry vocals, and the jazzy style was something we could both get behind. Plus, we had seen her performing with one of her side project bands a few times. And clocking in at just over two and a half minutes? Perfection.
Then, when I was on maternity leave, I turned to music to keep my sanity. Miles was born on December 29…so during most of my leave, it was too cold to go for a walk. There were a few songs that played often, but none of them struck my emotional mommy heartstrings so much as A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Sure, it’s from the Twilight (Breaking Dawn) movie soundtrack, but listen to it from a mom’s perspective. Just try not to well up.
BONUS TRACK: Just Another Girl by Pete Yorn – for a time in my life when I kissed boys…a lot of boys. But that’s another story for another time…
What about you? Are there any songs that remind you of a special time in your life? I’d love to hear about them…and maybe add them to Volume 2 of my own soundtrack.