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The Soundtrack of My Life

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!

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  • Reply Biana October 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I love how different all these songs are and I guess that makes sense with all the different things we / you go through in life!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply alyssa October 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

    OMG, so funny–I ALMOST added Here I Go Again, because my cousins and I have been belting out that song together for a decade. So wild the journey through states you’ve been on.

    Aww, the long distance theme song!

    I can’t wait to see the final song! Thanks for joining in on the challenge!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine October 12, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I took the quiz and get the same lyrics as you and this
    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 :] Must be crushing and loving my Mr., lol. Love your recap through song. Here I Go Again was so sexy, lol.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer October 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    The first three songs are some of my all-time favorites! This is the coolest prompt. And I can’t wait to hear what the mystery song is in a few weeks! 😉

  • Reply marie October 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love the song Here I Go Again. One of the local radio station, plays it every morning. Whenever I hear it, it makes me smile. I love when a song is connected to a memory and when you hear it it just brings you back. I have so many songs that could be the soundtrack of my life. Off to take that quiz.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo October 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

    What a deep thought post… I’m all about hearing life in songs & lyrics.

    I feel like I need to get on my white dress & roll on a car every time I hear Whitesnake.

  • Reply Lauren October 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Baby M is totally named for the mystery song! Now I’ll spend the day thinking of seven letter song titles that could be a girl’s name… this won’t be easy! I like the literal-ness of Meet Me Halfway, ha!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph October 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This is the first prompt for that challenge that I’m working on! I love seeing what songs are on people’s life soundtrack. Lyrics are my jam.

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky October 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Whitesnake!! oh, in the prime of my rocker girl days, i blasted this jam. I still have the tape of their album LOL

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista October 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Adding these all to my Spotify playlist, still can’t get enough of Bush and Backstreet Boys!

  • Reply Audrey October 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Now I’m curious about your last song 😉 I love the BSB pick, haha!

    This was my result:

    Black Masks and Gasoline by Rise Against

    “But here, at the top of the world, I raise my hands and I clench my fists,
    They stand before me below demanding the answers with flips of a switch

    I don’t understand where you got this idea,
    So deeply engraved in your head
    That this world is something that you must impress,
    Because I couldn’t care less”

    You’re probably feeling rebellious, and at the same time almost apathetic. You don’t care what others think of you. Perhaps you’re fed up with something or someone in your life.

    Haha. Fed up with politics. Ha. I’m good with this- I like Rise Against, lol.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders October 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    It really is amazing how hearing a certain song can transport you back in time to a specific place and events. Glycerin definitely reminds me of high school too, and I think that no matter what Rascal Flatts will always remind me of my husband because it was our first dance song!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family October 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    What a cool idea! It’s amazing how much music influences us and how easily it can take us back to different times in our lives. Also, the lyrics to First Dance are so good!

    I look forward to hearing about the song that you’ll share in a couple of months. I’m assuming it gives away baby’s name? Either way, I love hearing why songs are important to people so I’m looking forward to that!

  • Reply Katy October 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Is the mystery song Layla?!

  • Reply P.J. October 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    First, a cool idea for a blogging challenge. I’ll have to go check it out.

    Second, some good songs in there. I think I could relate with the “Here I go again” one, that’s for sure. Maybe many of us can. I might have to hop into this challenge and see if I can do a few of these posts. This is definitely one I’d have to think about!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs October 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Ooh I love this!! And I love that Cudi song. Andddd I’m going to guess that the mystery song has something to do with the baby’s name?! Can’t wait to hear it!

  • Reply Erin LFF October 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Yesssss! I cannot wait to find out about the mystery song lol- any hints?!??! 😉 I love so many of your picks. I didn’t know the First Dance song but I really like it. Good choices!!

  • Reply Emelia October 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    What a fun post idea. I love so many of these songs especially the BEP one. For some reason it always makes me turn it up and jam in the car.

  • Reply ellesees.net October 13, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Loved seeing what you picked!! My friends always make me sing Whitesnake when we do karaoke! Used to have the cassette tape of that !!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says October 13, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Rise Against was going to be my soundtrack for today but I think I need to throw in some Butch Walker. You and Erin both love him, I love the hairband he was in, and between those lyrics and his IG stuff this week, well, I need to check this out for myself.

    I have my post planned for this and the last song on the list is the one for my daughter. I can’t wait to see which one you chose!

  • Reply Cara October 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Love all your soundtrack songs! Going to take the quiz now!

  • Reply texerinsydney October 14, 2016 at 2:54 am

    BUTCH! You know my heart just exploded with all the love!
    I gotta lotta love for Whitesnake and Bush too.
    I enjoyed this post a lot, because, you know, I like me some music, and I like reading what & why songs impact others.

  • Reply kristen October 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I KNOW WHAT THE LAST SONG IS!!!! right? i do know, don’t i?!

  • Reply Duckie October 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Love these songs! BSB totally took me back to when I used to buy those Teen Beat magazines and put celebrity posters all over my walls.

  • Reply Donna October 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Good choice on the BSB song, I went to their concert a few years back and it was such a fun girls’ night!

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