Saturday, December 22, 2007

"You have a lifetime of memories. We have the soundtrack."
-ad ran by SIRIUS Prime Country

The quote above was an ad I heard on SIRIUS Prime Country this morning. (Yes, as a matter of fact, I do routinely listen to country music of the 80's. I'm just that cool.) As soon as I heard this ad, my mind started filling up with the lyrics that could be the soundtrack for my life. (Let me remind you of my coolness once again.) A handful of these are great songs...the rest, not so much. There are hundreds of songs that have meaning to me, but these were the ones that flooded my brain first. Those of you who who grew up with me, meaning you also owned Rocky Mountain Jeans and five different colors of Roper boots in Jr. High, will get a good laugh out of this.

1978 - 2007

Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
This song always makes me think of my mom. I'm pretty sure I can remember her singing it when I was small.

Grandpa, Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days - The Judds
I was around 8 years old, riding in the car with my Grandpa, and I was singing along passionately to this song. He started laughing hysterically and said, "Oh my Love, these are the good old days!"

Candle in the Wind - Elton John
I have distinct memories of being 9 or 10, and listening to the radio as I fell asleep, trying to figure out exactly what this song meant.

You Look So Good in Love - George Strait
I was in Elementary School, when this song began an infatuation with George Strait that lasted well into high school. (Okay, maybe a little later than High School.)

Wake me Up before you Go-Go - Wham!
Elementary School. I thought this was The. Coolest. Song. Ever. I taught myself to play the melody on the keyboard. Did I mention I didn't even know how to play the keyboard?

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
I was 13 years old, and it was the first time a boy told me that this was "our song." Seventh grade was the time of boys asking "Will you go with me?", and that being pretty much the extent of the relationship, so I honestly don't even remember the boy. I just remember being so excited I could tell my girlfriends that we had "a song."

Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
For a period of about three years, from about age 13 to age 15, my friends and I attended every country music concert that came to Tulsa. My mom had to have spent a small fortune buying concert tickets. In 9th grade a bunch of us girls camped out to get tickets to a Garth Brooks concert and got a couple of really close seats. When the big concert day arrived, we made a huge sign that read "Party On Garth!" (Wayne's World anyone?), and we were convinced he pointed to our sign and smiled. I don't know if I can adequately describe how awesome we thought we were. Thought being the key word. Funny, funny stuff.

Redneck Girls - Bellamy Brothers
From the time we were maybe 10 years old, my friend Amy and I always said that when she got her driver's license, we would drive around together in a truck, singing this song, the key lyrics being "Redneck Girls like to cruise in Daddy's pickup truck..." Six years later when she got her license, my house was her first stop. We didn't have our "names on the back of our belts" as the song says, like we did when we were ten, but we still drove around belting out this song, laughing and having a great time.

Music Box - Mariah Carey
This was my favorite album when Jonathan and I started dating. I think it might have also been my first CD purchase. I wore it out.

She is His Only Need - Wynonna Judd
A cool Sr. in High School once told me this song made him think of us.

You are my All in All - Dennis Jernigan
I visited Israel when I was 17 years old and a Jr. in High School. I heard this song for the first time on that trip. While I sang it, I remember being so certain that I would follow God for as long as I lived.

Something in the Way She Moves - James Taylor
For that same trip to Israel, Jonathan made me a "mix tape." That's right kids, a cassette tape. Remember those? This song was on the tape and I think it was the first time I heard it. Jonathan introduced me to the music of James Taylor and The Eagles, so any of their songs make me think of him.

I Will Be Free - Cindy Morgan
My best friend Lisa has an amazing voice, and sang this song at church when we were in High School. She was really not "free" at the time, but she is so amazingly, beautifully free now. I will always think of Lisa and of God's amazing grace and love when I hear this song.

One of Two - Gary Chapman and Amy Grant
The song that played at our wedding. Luckily we are faring better so far than Gary and Amy did.

You Move Me - Garth Brooks
I rediscovered these lyrics when we moved from Oklahoma to Texas:
You give me courage I didn't know I had
And you move me
And I can't go with you and stay where I am
So you move me
As I was struggling about leaving Oklahoma and being far from my family, those lyrics reminded me that I couldn't go with Jonathan and stay where I was. I didn't want to be left behind. I wasn't scared of being left behind physically, but of being left behind spiritually. I knew he was going to follow God whole-heartedly and seek His will regardless of where that took him. And Jonathan's faith really did give me courage I didn't know I had.

You Said - Hillsong
When we sang this song in chapel at Christ for the Nations, I felt like God literally took His hands and stretched the boundaries of my heart, giving me a desire for all the Nations of the World to know Him.

One Pure and Holy Passion - Passion
I sang this song to Ryan night after night when he was a baby. "Give me one pure and holy passion, to know and follow hard after you."

Jesus, Lover of my Soul (It's all about you) - Paul Oakley
I sang this song to Dylan night after night when he was a baby. "You alone are God and I surrender."

Made to Worship - Chris Tomlin
I sang this song to Lauryn night after night when she was a baby. "You and I were made to worship, You and I are called to love."

Well....if I could erase half those songs from my brain I might have room in there for something more useful! What about you? Anyone else up for posting their soundtrack? If I can bare the nerdiness of my soul, so can you my friend. So can you.

Blogger Matthews had this to say:

What fantastic memories! I'm going to have to ponder this. I never can remember the titles but I do remember my friend and I singing the tune, "Heading down the highway, lookin' for adventure!" in her army green volari..yikes! And it had a blue gas cap...1/2 the time.

December 22, 2007 at 10:28 PM 

Blogger Chill Pastor had this to say:

The pastor of music videos is in awe!!! I must now give my title to you! You are now the pastor of music!

That really rocks! I have memories of lots of those songs as well...

Merry Christmas from the chill household!


December 24, 2007 at 9:44 AM 

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