Friday, July 1, 2016

My Life Sounds Like

My favorite assignment I was ever given was one from my second semester in college. It was in Eng1020, and the assignment was called “My Life Sounds Like.” This assignment was given back when it was still cool to make someone a CD… Well barely in the time. I think it was probably the last CD I made, actually. The assignment was to make a playlist of songs (I think there were about 15 on it) that tell someone about your life. We then had to write a paragraph about each song diving into the lyrics. I loved that it gave me the opportunity to hide behind a song yet truly look into my life and discover what was truly going on.  I don’t really know what was on that CD, because once you made it you picked a partner (mine was picked for me because I was convientely in Washington DC for the Inauguration of Barrack Obama on the day of that class), and then gave it to them. I still have my partner’s CD though. I remember 3 songs though 
  1. Hakuna Matata (Baha Men- Disney Mania CD!)
  2. Laugh so You Don’t Cry (Andy Davis)
  3. Little Moments Like That (Brad Paisley)
If you look back just a couple years before that, I would argue that my life was more like:

  1.        Summer Nights (Lil’ Rob)
  2.        Swing Life Away (Rise Against)
  3.              Heart of a Champion (Nelly)  
  4.        Laugh So You Don’t Cry (Andy Davis) 
  5.        I’m Not Gonna Cry (Corey Smith) 
  6.        Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls)      
  7.        Bubbly (Colby Caillat)
  8.        When I Grow Up (The Pussycat Dolls)
  9.        Girl Next Door (Saving Jane)  
  10.        Crush (Mandy Moore)
  11.        Big Girls Don’t Cry (Fergie)
  12.        Heaven (Los Lonely Boys)
  13.        Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
  14.        Crayons Can Melt on Us For All I Care (Reliant K)
  15.        Goodbye to You (Michelle Branch)
Music is a huge part of my life and since that assignment I often times find myself through music. At this time of my life I am healing. I have been through a rough couple months, and I have had a playlist that has really helped me through it. Over the last 2 months, my life sounds like:
  1.  I Get to Love You (Ruelle)
  2.   Beam Me Up (Pink)
  3.   Think Good Thoughts (Colbie Caillat)
  4.   Laugh So You Don’t Cry (Andy Davis)
  5.  Calling All Angels (Jessie Clark Funk)
  6.  Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
  7.  Small Bump (Ed Sheeran)
  8.  See You Again (Wiz Khalifa)
  9.  Heaven (Beyonce)
  10.  Gone Too Soon (Daughtry)  
  11.  Que Sera Sera (Corinne Bailey Rae)

And there we have it. I really am to a place of healing, and now when these songs come up on my shuffle I see it as a sign that I am loved and my angels are near me.  My life playlist is definitely changing and once it’s a little more firm, I’ll probably share it.

Do you have a “My Life Sounds Like” playlist? New music is great! Be sure to share!

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