I don’t know about you but whenever I need a boost to my mood or a jolt of energy, I turn to music. No matter what, I’m never let down. Whenever I need to clean, before I reach for the vacuum, I make sure my iPod is turned on and ready to go. Like so many, I was saddened to hear about the death of Whitney Houston. She had such an amazing voice…so unmistakable. In the wake of this tragedy, there is a positive: we will always have her music.
For me, when I hear certain songs, I’m immediately taken back to a certain place, with a childhood crush, in our suburban on a family trip…or in my own car singing without a care in the world of who can see me. As a tribute to Whitney, and to all artists out there, I have listed some of my favorite songs and the memory I have of them:
- Everything I Do, I Do It For You, Bryan Adams: what I informally dubbed “our song” as it was the song my childhood crush and I danced to in junior high what feels like a lifetime ago…
- Roll On, Alabama: played religiously every time we drove from San Antonio to Chicago (or practically every road trip we took as a family…my Dad was a saint for being patient with us as we would barely pull out of the driveway when me or my sister would ask, “Dad, can you put this tape in?” Yes…I said tape…that small thing you held in your hand…had two holes in it and you could manually rewind. Good times.
- Could I Have This Dance, Anne Murray: my Mom introduced me to her music-great voice and I just love the words in the song…hopeless romantic, yes, afraid so.
- You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban: Inspirational….Tear-Jerking…great voice…enough said.
- Hold On, Wilson Phillips: birthday parties at the skating rink….more recently though, scene from Bridesmaids….love, love that movie!
- I Won’t Let Go, Rascal Flatts: made me cry while playing at my nephew’s 8th grade graduation
- The Cowboy Rides Away, George Strait: always plays this last for his encore…seen him in concert few times….never gets old…and boy, does he age well!
- Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, Toby Keith: gives me goose bumps every time I hear it…makes me proud to be an American!
- If That’s What It Takes, Celine Dion: my sister surprised me with trip to Vegas a few years ago and we saw Celine in concert…she sang this in French…absolutely beautiful…even if I couldn’t understand all of it.
- The Dance, Garth Brooks: great song about enjoying the little things in life
- Save the Last Dance For Me, Michael Buble: no memory other than every time I hear this, I can’t help but turn up the song and sing along…and oh that voice! I know it was in some movie I’ve seen but blank on which one.
- The Town I Loved So Well, Phil Coulter: Irish singer whom my parents love…this songs makes my family think of a town we all love-Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where we used to vacation twice a year.
- Old Time Rock ‘n Roll, Bob Sieger: wedding receptions come to mind…such a fun song for dancing
- You’ve Got a Friend, Carole King: such a classic…and makes me grateful for my friends
- Happy Xmas (War is Over), Celine Dion: I start playing this shortly after Thanksgiving-great words but really, it’s Celine…what’s not to love!
- Believe, Josh Groban: from the movie The Polar Express….reminds me of Christmas…I watch this movie every year too.
- I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas: another perk to working at OU, got to see this concert for free since I volunteered to work the concert….they performed before another of my favorites, U2 hit the stage….fun, fun night and memory!
- Hello World, Lady Antebellum: great song with very moving video…each time I watch, can’t help but stop what I’m doing…looking forward to seeing them live with a girlfriend in April.
- For Good, Kristen Chenoweth: great song…she sung it live on the tribute to Oprah
And last, but not least…
20. Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston: no specific memory but great song that makes me reflect on being proud of the person I’ve become.
These are just a few of my favorite songs. I love that when people hear songs, they have their own unique memory. Maybe a song makes them cry, laugh, shake their head and think I can’t believe I did that….whatever thoughts run through your head, they’re all thanks to music. Simple, yet powerful.