In honor of my new song list idea, today these songs are not about any specific feeling but rather a range of emotions. These songs are among some of my favorite songs of all time. One thing they all do have in common is they make me feel something. And for that, they make me feel happy. This is the soundtrack of my life. Usually it is a piece of the lyric that gets me.
P.S Your Rock My World – The Eels – “Sitting down on the steps at the old post office, the flag was flying at half mast. And, I was thinking ‘bout how everyone was dying, and maybe it’s time to live.”
It was a time in my life when the truth of mortality had hit me like a ton of bricks. I was at my special spot one night just staring at the serene ocean with this song playing in the background. I did not understand the world at the time but a lyric played over and over in my head and I knew that I had to stop thinking about the "whys" of death and start life over again.
Let It Be – The Beatles – “When you find yourself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom…let it be.”
There were times in my life when a problem or a situation would tie my brain in knots. I would sit and mull over something until I was blue in the face. Unfortunately if we deny our feelings they just get worse. If we worry about a problem it just gets worse. Fear is a weird thing. This song always reminds me that when you have a problem it is no use to worry about it. Let it go, and what is supposed to happen will happen. Let it go and it will work out in the end. Like the wise one said, “Everything will be ok in the end. If it is not ok, it is not the end.”
Life and How to Live it – REM – This is my favorite REM song of all time. It also happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time. It is one of those songs that comes close to flawless. “I will write a book and it will be called, ‘Life and how to life it’.”
Any Love – Ken Stringfellow – Besides Ken being the coolest guy ever! This song is just sheer beauty. He based on Jupiter and yet one line is what sticks with me. “Heaven Keep the light on so I can keep my eye on you.” Obviously it is important to Ken as well, since it is programmed right into his phone. That line is perfect. It represents everything great about unconditional love, romantic or platonic.
Flowers in the Windows – This is my happy song. This song takes me to my happy place. It would be downright impossible to listen to this song and not have a smile on your face.
Mad World – Tears for Fears - My decent into madness. We have all been there. Some more than others. Sometimes this world just does not make any sense. Sometimes we look around and the only answer we can come up with for anything is, “I just don’t know.” Things happen in life that can drive even the sanest of us insane. Sometimes the world inside our head gets so tangled in reality we forget what used to be real. This song is MY decent into madness.
Endangered Species – Dianne Reeves – “I am an endangered species and I sing no victim song. I am a woman. I am an artist. And I know where my voice belongs.” Besides Dianne being one hell of a woman, this song makes you feel like one hell of a woman. I always get taken back to when I danced to this song onstage. I felt powerful and beautiful, as every woman should feel.
Stop Crying Your Heart Out – Oasis –
Hold up... hold on... don't be scared
You'll never change what's been and gone
May your smile... Shine on... Don't be scared
Your destiny may keep you warm.
Cos all of the stars are fading away
Just try not to worry you'll see them some day
Take what you need and be on your way
And stop crying your heart out
If you are so sad you think you might just pass out, listen to this song. You will know a) that people feel the same way you do sometimes and b) that being sad is a choice that you can get out of. This song always helps.
Let me Entertain You – Robbie Williams – “Hell is gone and heavens here, there’s nothing left for you to fear, shake your ass come over here. Now scream” And that is just the opening line. This is a dancer’s song and if you are not a dancer, listening to this song will even get your hips moving.
A Dios Le Pido - Juanes – This song is Aruba to me. Driving in the beat up Jeep over the rocky cliffs with Jomar, Christie and Nir. Aruba was like this little paradise tucked away form the chaos of the outside world I am reminded of dancing all night, sleeping all day on the beach and heading out once more.
Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips - This song is my anthem. This song is pretty much what I like to live my life like. Day by day. “Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die? And instead of saying all of your goodbyes…Let them know you realize that life goes fast, it’s hard to make the good things last…You realize the sun don’t go down. It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning ‘round.” Yup. Day by day. Make everything good last and feel good about it all.