Today I’m linking up with Helene to give you some songs that define me. Or, as I like to put it, those that make up the soundtrack to my life.
1. “Fix You” – Coldplay
Yeah, I’m aware this is like the saddest song in the history of the universe. This song makes me think about all kinds of things. When my health is bad, I want someone to help me and fix me. When I meet someone who I want to help for whatever reason (most recently, students reading below grade level), I want to help them. Plus, did you know that I listened to Coldplay on repeat when I wrote Aureole? That band was basically my muse.
2. “I Won’t Give Up” – Jason Mraz
I know that this song is about not giving up on a romantic relationship, but I think of it more of I won’t give up on my life and my dreams, as well as my relationships with the people important to me.
3. “Her Diamonds” – Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas wrote this song about his wife’s fight with a form of lupus, which falls under the umbrella of arthritis. This song explains what it’s like watching and experiencing chronic illness and pain. (I know; you’ll never listen to this song the same way again.)
4. “Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
Or basically all of Carrie’s power ballads. Who hasn’t listened to “Blown Away” or “Two Black Cadillacs” and imagined buildings blowing up while you walk away? No, just me?
5. “I’m a Keeper” – The Band Perry
Because I’m awesome. Duh.
And I also just really like this song and to sing it.
6. “The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean ft. Luke Bryan and Eric Church
I’m not from the real country, but I’m from suburban Maine (population 10,000 in my hometown), I spent a lot of time growing up in rural Maine, and my parents were from hard-working families. A lot of the same ideals that they sing about were passed on down to me. For example, digging a little deeper when you think you can’t dig no more. You don’t get nothing that you don’t earn. You get the picture.
7. “Silver Lining” – Kacey Musgraves
The moral of the story is that you have to work through the hard/bad stuff if you want to have something good happen to you, like a silver lining or finding a four-leaf clover. Also, holy moly this girl has incredible natural talent. Her life performance sounds JUST like her recording!