Sunday, November 6, 2011

30 Million Day Blog Challenge #5: 15 Songs That Represent My Life's Soundtrack

Well it's been 50 days since I started the "30 Day Blog Challenge" and I'm up to challenge ... five.

I get a "D-" for effort.

This challenge is to list 15 songs that represent my life's soundtrack.  Click on the links to hear the songs on YouTube!!

1) "Angie" by the Rolling Stones.  My name was inspired by this song, so it's an appropriate way to start the list.

2) "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship.  As far as I can remember this was my very first "favorite" song.  After all, all children should have early exposure to Jefferson Starship.

3) "Only In My Dreams" by Debbie Gibson.  My first concert was to see Debbie Gibson.  I think I was seven or eight, so I can probably be forgiven.

4) "This Used To Be My Playground" by Madonna from the movie "A League Of Their Own."  Best Friend and I were obsessed with this movie.  For weeks we'd go see it in the theater, and then went home to play baseball.  The problem was that neither of us could throw nor catch, so really it was just an elaborate game of fetch.

5) "Who Will Save Your Soul" by Jewel.  I kind of took a bypass on the whole "grunge" scene of the early 90's.  I was just too preppy, and, well, oblivious.  This explains a lot about my early teenage years.  It wasn't until Jewel appeared on the scene that I finally became aware of what was considered "cool" and decided to play along.

6) "Can't Stop Dancing" by Captain & Tennille.  I danced for 17 years of my life.  I was a member of a dance company for at least seven of those years, and when we took our show on the road to perform at various festivals, we usually ended the show with that snappy little number by Captain & Tennille, "Can't Stop Dancing."  I know, CLASSY.

7) "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve. My favorite song in high school, which adequately sums up all my brooding teenage angst.  No one gets me, man.

8, 9, & 10) "A Sorta Fairytale" by Tori Amos. "Don't Drink The Water" by Dave Matthews Band.  "Pink Moon" by Nick Drake.  All these songs remind me of being in college, of late nights studying in coffee shops, and mostly of the delicious freedom caused by my first taste of independence.

11) "Within A Mile Of Home" by Flogging Molly.  My favorite song from my favorite band, a band that I discovered in my early 20's after many nights hanging out at the local Irish pub.  

12 & 13) "Ohh La La" by the Ditty Bops and "Mushaboom" by Feist.  Light hearted songs I'd play during my hours-long study sessions in law school, in hopes of relieving some of the stress of school.  I'm not sure it worked.

14) "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John.  My "official" wedding song.

15) "Forever" by Dropkick Murphys.  My "unofficial" wedding song, being the last song of the night.

16) "Lullaby" by the Dixie Chicks.  This song reminds me of my two children, and I still can't hear it without crying a little.

17) "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.  This song reminds me of moving back home to Wisconsin after living for several years in Minnesota and then several more years in Ohio.  Our stint here in Wisconsin is temporary, and I'm relishing every minute of it.

Wait a minute! Seventeen songs?  What can I say, I'm an overachiever.


Marianna Annadanna said...

I LOVE that song Home. And you know Lullaby was my wedding song (outside the traditional erference to children). I was a huge fan of Jewel as a kid too. I'll listen tothe others as I surf the wen this afternoon!

chemgirljaime said...

so many good songs on that list.. a few of them would be on my list too... I'm glad I'm not the only one who loved Debbie Gibson back in the day... if I wasn't poor, I would have gone to her concert too.

Sassy Sister said...

Can't Stop Dancing... Bahahahaha*snort*bahahahaha*wipe tears from my eyes from laughing so hard*bahahahaha
Ahhh... memories.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

@Marianna - I think Lullaby is a legitimate wedding song too!

@Chemgirl - I too am glad to learn I wasn't the only one with a Debbie Gibson obsession.

@Sassy Sister - I KNOW!!!

Janie Jones said...

OMG. I can never hear the Starship song Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and not remember the year we had to do the unit on "Rhythmic Gymnastics" and my team had to perform to it. I can still picture us "geeky girls" that were thrown together because the cool and talented girls wanted nothing to do with us. We were assigned these ribbon wands to perform with, and for practice we taped toilet paper to sticks and must have had to play that song ten-thousand times while rehearsing. Now I need some brain bleach. Somethings just shouldn't be remembered.

Anonymous said...

I know the feeling. I did 30 Days of Video Games in more than two months. I think I got to 10, and then I did 20 in one post to finish up.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

@Janie - that is an awesome story!

@Joshua - at least you finished!