Two Crazy Girls tagged me to come up with a soundtrack of my life. And thank goodness too. I’ve been in a slump and was convinced I would find something this weekend to write about. But I didn’t. Friday night I fell asleep at 7:30!! Who does that??? Me apparently. I woke up in time to watch the Psych premier at 11 and fell back asleep until 10 the next morning. Good grief.
Instead of coming up with songs that define what I think my life is about, I came up with a list of songs that recall a specific time or event when I hear them. They suggested at least 7 and while the list could go on indefinitely here’s what I’ve got:
1. Beat It – Michael Jackson
I think this is the first song I ever really remember listening to and liking. Well this and Material Girl by Madonna. If you were a kid/teenager when the Thriller album came out and now say you didn’t like it at the time, then you my friend are a liar. Everyone loved it.
2. The Right Stuff – New Kids on the Block
NKOTB was the first group I remember liking on my own without my older sister’s influence. I believe I was in the 5th grade at the height of the hype. I committed stupid facts about them to memory so well that 20 years later I can still spit them out (i.e. Joey’s birthday is Dec. 31st and they had a dog named Nikko that traveled with them. Oh for crying out loud!)
3. Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana
I’m thinking I was in the 9th grade when Kurt Cobain died. Ninth grade is such a crazy time when everyone is so melodramatic and full of angst. I hear this song and remember the time my neighbor across the street (we were in the same grade) and his band played for some girl’s birthday party in the neighborhood pavilion. He wore a black dress with a white collar and only made it through this song before the police came because of a noise violation.
4. One Sweet Day – Mariah Carrey/Boyz II Men
Holy crap there was not an hour that wouldn’t go by when you didn’t hear this song being played on the radio. I think I was in the 11th grade at the time and when I hear this song now I think about the weekends and driving around with friends. Then I turn the dial.
6. Independent Women – Destiny’s Child
This was a mega hit for girls everywhere…or at least on the campus in Hawaii. This song would be blasting from the dorms and cars driving by 24/7. You could be walking across campus, hear this song, and watch as girls broke out in dance all over the place. Rest assure I was not one of them however.
7. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
The second year I was in Hawaii the boys came back with a vengeance thanks to this little diddy. I can not tell you how sick I was of hearing guys say, “It wasn’t me” for EVERYTHING. “So, how do you think you did on the test?” “It wasn’t me!” “What?” “So do you think you could help out this weekend?” “It wasn’t me!” “Honestly, what is the matter with you?”‘
8-10. Get the Party Started – Pink, Hey Baby – No Doubt, and Drowning – Back Street Boys
These songs make me think of Mexico. When I was living there I came across one English radio station and I swear these were the only three songs in rotation. And what’s worse is that one of my classes consisted of students 14 and 15 years old and the girls would get in arguments, actual arguments, with each other on which boy band was better, Back Street Boys or NSYNC. As far as I know they never reached a conclusion.
11. Yeah! – Usher
This song was HUGE when I came home from Guatemala. While over there I hadn’t listened to music for a year and a half (well, other than throw back 80s songs they would play on the buses like Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton) and this was the first song to greet me on my arrival home. It was such an overkill that I now hate this song. Not long after I returned home Usher came out with another huge hit called My Boo. Funny story about that. Where I was in Guatemala we referred to diarrhea as “boo”. I don’t know why but we did and so did some of the locals in the mountains. Because majority of us were foreign there was a lot of talk about “boo”. I’m sure Usher is not the first singer to refer to their significant other as boo but it had never caught my attention before. The first time I heard this song, I did a double take at the radio not sure I heard the words right. Surely he wasn’t saying what I thought he was. After a couple more times of hearing the song I determined that indeed he was singing about his boo. I was in hysteric fits of laughter every time the song came on and especially at the lines “how I try to hide my boo” and “what am I going to do without my boo?”. Probably live a little more comfortably without it is my guess. I still get a smile on my face when the song comes on.