it makes me smile, and sometimes laugh really hard, to look back on my old favorite songs and what they meant to me, and the places they take me back to.
this post sort of evolved after hearing how he loves us by david crowder last night and i was brought back to the birthing tub. my ipod was playing a lot of different songs in those early hours of november 19th, 2009. but for some reason this one sticks out the most. maybe because i felt His love ever strong as i was about to bring new life into this world.
here are some more songs and the places they bring me back to.
country songs first. let it be known that i love me some country music, mmmkay.
heartland - i loved her first. my dad and i danced to this song at my wedding.
rascal flats - god bless the broken road- our wedding song
(clearly country music was made for weddings)
kenny chesney - she thinks my tractor's sexy. (okay, maybe not all country songs are made for weddings) our youth group blasted this as we drove around the united states in a bus. we all sang it together. the.whole.time. i'm sure it creeped people out that a bus full of teenagers who loved Jesus were singing about farmer's tans being sexy but it was just perfect for us. i miss those times.
brooks & dunn - play something country. this is totally random and i have no memories of it other than singing it over and over again when we were first married and living in our basement apartment. my husband questioned me on why i loved this song so much and why i wouldn't stop singing it. maybe it's because i want to blow through a door like TNT, put my hands on my hips and point a finger at him and say i'm a whisky drinkin', cowboy chasin', hella of time, i like kenny, keith, alan and patsy cline. i'm a full blown queen bee lookin' for honey, woowooowooo, play something country. maybe because that's the furtherest from anything i am but i want to pretend really, really badly.
deana carter - strawberry wine. love. i have no other words except love.
lee ann womack - i hope you dance. i hope you dance.
my highschool besties and i loved the most random songs. sister act 2's joyful, joyful, say a little prayer for you, walking on sunshine, STOMP. and some rap song that said "i wonder if a shake comes with them thighs, if so baby can i get it supersized" yeah…. about that.
we made videos of ourselves singing these songs, dancing in pajama pants, and reenacting meeting boys we had crushes on at snow camp.
we listen to nsync christmas from october 1st to january 1st in our house. you are not welcome unless you know every word to merry christmas, happy holidays and can do the dance.
speaking of my homeboys, nsync, this i promise you. in middle school i would blast this whenever i was mad at my parents or sisters and slam my door, cry into my pillow and imagine justin timberlake coming to comfort me.
bon jovi - livin on a prayer. true story: in 9th grade my friend cydney and i called a radio station and won front row tickets to a bon jovi concert. my mom actually dropped us off there and picked us up when it was over. i think cydney and i wore, you guessed it, pajama pants. they were in style in 9th grade. ALSO can i please point out that my mom dropped me off at bon jovi concert but i got grounded when the backstreet boys posed on the cover of rolling stone. it was as if i was the one taking part in the provocative photo shoot. but no, just the boy band i loved so dearly. i get grounded for their moral mistakes. clearly my parents did not know about bon jovi and his concerts. ya heard, mom?
songs i love to sing to my King:
and here's a whole buncha randoms:
marit bergman - i will always be your solider. listen to this whole CD!! i spent some time in sweden the summer after i graduated high school. i saw her live and bought the cd immediatley. L O V E.
john mayer - your body is a wonderland. i saw johnny three times live. and i told my mom he wrote this song about his wife so that i could listen to it on repeat in our family van. i lied.
beyonce - irreplaceable (i just like to say to the left, to the left. i always sing this to my husband in the car when we need to take a left, or a right even, i like to confuse him.)
i had blonde hair a few times. don't worry i dyed it brown the next day.
these five songs were on the cd that caleb sent me before we had met in person but we're already falling in love. we wrote letters all the time and these songs are forever etched in my heart. they bring me back to long nights of talking on the phone and listening to these over and over and over again every morning getting ready for my college classes.
colbie caillat (reminds me of the ocean cause caleb and i listened to it our whole drive there and back when we went to long beach island the summer after we were married), sara bareilles, jj heller. their entire cds may be considered "my life". may be.
i could listen to these on repeat all day:
and what am i listening to right now as i type this post?
why this, of course.
this post is getting so long and it is so full of links that your internet might stop working. i know that i am leaving out 210 of my favorite songs. what are your favorite songs? what should i add to my gym playlist? what should i dance around my kitchen to? if any of my links lead you to an entirely different song, or if i spelt every single artist's name wrong…my tiredness is to blame. thankyouverymuch.