When Alyssa came up with a Blogging Non-Challenge Challenge, I thought….I’m in!!! To get the prompts and details, you can check out her post on that here. The very first prompt was songs that define your life and why. Music has always been important to me throughout my life. I am one of those people that has about a million different favorite songs for different reasons. And if you looked through my Spotify playlists you would never guess that they all belonged to one person, as I like so many different genres of music.
There is just something special about certain songs for me. They spark a memory or certain time in my life. A certain lyric reminds me of where I was or my potential to be where I want to be.
Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
I don’t know where I’m goin’
But I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go again, here I go again
We moved several times when I was younger, but our very first big move was from Pennsylvania to Missouri. I will never forget the day we backed out of my grandmother’s driveway and this song came on. I remember looking back with tears rolling down my face knowing that we may never move back “home.” Here I am, 23 years later and I was right. I never did move back home. In fact, we moved from Missouri to Georgia, and then when I was in college….my family left me and moved to Alabama. I moved around different areas of Georgia for 13 years before I landed myself in Alabama. If you would have told 1993 Nadine that she would be living in Alabama and starting her family there….she wouldn’t have believed it!
Glycerine by Bush
Don’t let the days go by
I heard this song for the first time the transition summer between 8th grade and my freshman year of high school. We were moving from one area of Missouri to the next and I was upset because I felt like I had finally gotten settled in to my life and who I was at one school and now I was being uprooted right before…what I thought at the time…was one of my most important transitions in to high school. I can’t tell you how many times this song has been played by me.
All I Have to Give by The Backstreet Boys
But my love is all I have to give
Without you I don’t think I can live
I wish I could give the world to you
But love is all I have to give
I couldn’t make a soundtrack to my life without including at least one song from Backstreet Boys or NSYNC. I think I liked NSYNC a little more but this is my absolute favorite song out of all of them.
My Way by Butch Walker
So you grew up in a town where everybody’s all the same.
Like a city full of zombies going by the same name.
Saying “Eat this”, “Wear that,” Think ya know just where it’s at,
when everybody’s just alike, Now tell me how you deal with that!
This much is true, So here’s the finger let me say it.
There’s the right way, then there’s my way
there’s a highway, if you don’t like it you can take it.
So just talk away, I don’t hear a word you say.
I’ll be my way. If you don’t like it you can take it.
I can’t tell you how many times I have seen Butch Walker in concert, alone and with Marvelous Three. This song reminds me of high school and college. I can be in the worst of a mood and as soon as I hear this song it just cheers me up!!! Same goes for this next song….
Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi
People told me slow my roll
I’m screaming out fuck that
I’m a do just what I want
Looking ahead no turning back
If I fall if I die
Know I lived it to the fullest
If I fall if I die
Know I lived and missed some bullets
I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know
Everything that’s shine ain’t always gonna be gold (hey)
I’ll be fine once I get it, get it in, I’ll be good
Who isn’t in the pursuit of happiness in life? Life moves so fast and sometimes you get down but you have to get back up again. I think so many people can relate to this song.
Meet Me Halfway by The Black Eyed Peas
Meet me half way, right at the borderline
That’s where I’m gonna wait, for you
I’ll be looking out, night n’ day
Took my heart to the limit, and this is where I’ll stay
This song came out around the time that Chris and I started dating. I lived in Atlanta and he lived in Birmingham. Every single weekend one of us would travel to the other, usually it was Chris coming to Atlanta. We always joked that this was our song during our long distance part of our relationship.
First Dance by Corey Smith
I see heaven in your eyes
And feel god movin in this room
Ain’t love the greatest gift of all
Ain’t it amazing what desire can do
This is the first dance
But it won’t be the last
Timeless moments like this
They won’t ever be a thing of the past
We’ll spark a candle tonight
An eternal flame of romance
When the honeymoon is over baby
I’ll still move you like the first dance
Yeah I’ll always turn you on
And move you like the first dance
If Chris and I would have had a traditional wedding and reception, I would have wanted this song to play at some point. The lyrics are so beautiful and it is how I feel about marriage. You should always still want to move like the first dance.
I have one more song that I would like to add to the soundtrack of my life, but I wont be sharing that for about 7-8 more weeks. When I finally do share it, you will know why!
Just for funnsies, here is a quiz to help you find a song lyric that describes your life right now. I for FM Static Hey Now.
“Every minute I’m not with you
I hope I’ll see you soon,
There’s just something that happens
When you walk into the room
And instantly I feel so complete
It hits me right about the time you kiss my cheek
And you give me this feeling
It’s like no other feeling
But it knocks me off my feet”
You’re either in love, or crushing hard, and very happy. Maybe you have an amazing bf/gf who knocks you off your feet, or maybe you just have a crush
I am in love and happy 🙂 Tell me what you got if you took the quiz!