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Soundtrack of Our Lives
Soundtrack of Our Lives
It occurred to me that music is such a huge part of my life. Not only because I sing and write lyrics and played a few instruments as a child years and years and years ago, but because many of the songs I hear are connected to memories and events of my past. I remember being enthralled by Tina Turner performing "Nutbush City Limits" on television when I was a little lad. Of course, I thought she was singing "Bad Foot, Skinny Mini." Or the blues song that was playing on the radio when I was involved in my first car accident at the tender age of seven.
In "The Color Purple," Shug Avery, a risque juke-joint singer, says to her minister father on the verge of their reconciliation that every sinner has a song. If you are even the slightest bit spiritual, there must be a song that connects with you more than others. Those who are up after overcoming a down make like "Amazing Grace" while others still in the lull might prefer "One Day at a Time" or "Rock of Ages." It doesn't even have to be a hymn. Perhaps there a song that inspires you or move you. "It's My Turn," "One Moment In Time" or "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" usually does the trick for me. And as a little boy I could run without the theme to "Wonder Woman" running in my head. Some of us know at an early age where life might take us.
In an episode of "Ally McBeal," they talked about Ally getting a theme song for the phase in her life she was going through. Perhaps someone should have suggested "Eat it." But still, I go along with that...you know, like a musical slogan that fits you for a period in time. I started enjoying life again with Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude." Jody Watley was singing for me in "Looking for a New Love." I couldn't begin to tell you the number of times the not-so-nice side of me showed for the themes of "Dynasty" or "Falcon Crest" or Elton John's or Tina Turner's "The Bitch Is Back." And I was a complete and utter whore with Janet Jackson's "Nasty" and Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty." I even tried to dress up the freak with "The Comfort of a Man" by Stephanie Mills.
What about the perennial favorites or worse yet, the songs you hear all the damn time? "Are You Ready for Some Football?", "Basketball" and "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" get the sport fans pumped for the season. And Lord don't forget the Christmas carols every year. Don't you ever wish there was a literal "Silent Night?" And who can forget the almost obligatory party songs? "1999","Good Times","Celebration" and the latest one,"Get This Party Started." And don't forget "The Birthday Song." And admit it, after years of hearing and attempting to sing them, is there anyone who actually know the words to both "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Auld Lang Syne?" I didn't think so.
And what group doesn't have an anthem to appeal to their masses? The gays have "I'm Coming Out" and "I Will Survive." Too bad the damn song has too. The women have "I Am Woman," "I'm Every Woman," "Natural Woman" and "Redneck Woman." Forgive me but I am limited on country except for the 182 we have in the world. Oh and the collection of unopened country male artists Cd's. They clean up easier than porn on a lonely night.
And don't we all have songs we hear everyday? I mean I taebo to LL Cool J's "Phenomenon," aerobicise to "Let's Get Physical" and do calisthenics to Diana Ross's "Work That Body." And you know you're blaring your favorite road tunes every time you move the car. Or when you get home from work, grab that glass of wine and turn on some jazz or soft rock? I know guys. You're grabbing your beer and listening to some Queen.(Other than Me.)
But most importantly, There are the songs that connect to the people and events in our lives. I remember at my six grade graduation dance. No one brought any music so we were stuck with the six songs the gym teacher had for her classes. Eight hours of "Centerfold", "She Blinded Me With Science", "Maniac", "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This","Let's Get Physical" and the only love song, "Shadow Dancing." I flashback to a gym full of awkward people dancing badly and off rhythm every time I hear one of those songs.
But then there is a certain cowboy that comes to mind every time I hear "Save a Horse, Ride A Cowboy." Or this gorgeous stripper in L.A. who only dance with me to Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head." And "Beautiful" and "When I Fall In Love" always brings back one of the great loves of my life. I mean, every time I get serious about someone, we pick at least one song to be ours. And later on, when you hear it, you smile as you reminisce about him or her.
I could do this all night, but do you see how music seems to be the background for so much of what happens in our lives? The right song can pick you up when you're down. It can bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye. Songs can move you or just move parts of your body. And music can set the mood for romance or to celebrate, to pay tribute or just to escape. In other words, music is the rhythm of our actions, the harmony of our moments and indeed, the soundtrack of our lives.