My soundtrack

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Music is a crazy phenomenon that touches everyone. Despite your age, race, gender or income level, music has touched you in some way. Every one has at least one song that can transport them back to a moment in time. I feel like Music is one of the truest art forms and the one most universally recognized.  I have never met someone who hates music, and claims they've never been touched by lyrics.

Now, I am no musician nor do I even claim to have good taste in music, but I like anyone else, am able to hear a tune and remember an exact moment in time. I don't plan on recounting my life to you through song, but I have listed a few tunes that have made my life's playlist. The songs I have listed are all related to my husband because he's the one who really opened me up to new music. Before him, all I ever listened to was country, and how boring is that?!?

Let's start in 2001, I was a sophomore and my Husband a senior. We didn't date back then, but we were pretty good friends. He was a sweetheart and would drive me to lunch, he'd take me home after school, and we went to various high school functions together. If I have to pick one song that reminds me of that 17 year old reckless boy in his cobalt blue Camaro... it would have to be Nelly "Ride with Me."  Isn't that ridiculous? I don't know what the appeal of Nelly was back then. Brett used to 'bump it,' is that still what the kids call it these days? He had after market speakers and apparently Nelly had good bass. As silly as that music seems to me know, it still puts a smile on my face and reminds me how we began so long ago. Who would have known 12 years later we'd be married.

The next part of our soundtrack contains some Dave Matthews Band. Brett is a HUGE Dave fan and consequently turned me onto him in 2005. He gave me his Some Devil Album and I listened to it on repeat the whole time he lived in Chicago and I lived in California. It was such a bittersweet album and it still makes me sad to think about how far away we lived for the first 8 months of our relationship. Truth is though, it was the best thing for us, we learned good communication.

The next artist Brett introduced me to was Jack Johnson. I love that singer song writer vibe, so Jack is right up my alley. Brett actually gave me his iPod when we first started dating, and he had every Jack Johnson song on it. Although I love almost every Jack song, "Better Together" is the best one. It also happens to be the song Brett and I had our first wedding dance to. The lyrics are Engraved on Brett's wedding ring... "It's not always easy, but it's better when we're together." Yes, that long ass sentence is on his ring :D

Moving on to a little Kanye West... Now, I know Kanye is a big fat douche these days (maybe he always was) but Brett used to listen to him religiously. You see Kanye used to go to Chicago State (where Brett went to school too) and his mom was a teacher there. Brett brushed elbows with him a couple times, even got to hear him record in a studio on campus. Kanye's Graduation Album has really become my Chicago soundtrack. Kanye's music embodies that whole Chicago vibe, and listening to "Homecoming" puts me right back on LSD (Lake Shore Drive). I have a special place in my heart for Kanye's earlier music, but man I do not like his more recent stuff :/

Brett and I have spent a lot of time together in the car. I would say we have spent at least 10% of our relationship in a car. We have driven back and forth from IL to CA 4 times. We also simply enjoy road trips, so we take them quite frequently. One car ride though stands out vividly. We were moving back from Chicago and it was the Fourth of July. Brett and I were driving the 40 through Oklahoma. It was dusk and a huge storm was brewing. We we descending down a hill into what looked like a giant fish bowl. The sky at the bottom of the hill was a deep turquoise blue and then there were huge black thunderclouds overhead. Such an extraordinary sight. I was scanning the radio for any type of music and I ended up on a classical station. Once we hit the bottom of the hill, night fell and the clouds disappeared. We could see firework shows begin across the plains. Then a classical rendition of "Yankee Doodle" came on.  As we continued to drive the station continued to play various classical forms of "Yankee Doodle," and we continued to see towns for miles away all light fireworks. I don't know if you've ever been through the Midwest, but there is nothing for miles in most places. Your eyes can see forever it seems. And so, we listened to at least 7 different versions of "Yankee Doodle" and watched over 15 different firework shows. Hands down, coolest Fourth of July ever.

The final song making our soundtrack (for now) is Blink 182 "I miss you." I happen to love when my husband sings to me. He doesn't have the most amazing voice in the world, but he's good and much better than I am. Since we began dating, I have always asked him to sing to me. He hates it, but does it anyways. So, one Valentine's Day, while we were in Chicago he recorded himself singing Blink 182's "I miss you." He changed the lyrics and put together this cute little song for me. I happen to be bartending that night and didn't get home until 3am. When I got home I was exhausted and angry because I hated my job. Before Brett would let me go to sleep he made me "open" his present. Now, we didn't have much money so we never really got each other anything big. He made me close my eyes and he pressed play on our stereo. When his voice came on, I just laid on the ground sobbing. It was the sweetest thing, and I even tear up thinking about it. I have an amazing husband, and it's moments like that one that remind me what's important in life ;) P.S. he forbid me from sharing the song with all of you.

There are a million other songs that remind me of specific times in my life, but these are the major ones. We are still growing our soundtrack and I look forward to every new lyric!

What is on your soundtrack?

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KT said...

I love this post. So sweet- and I just downloaded "I miss you" I hadn't thought about it in years!

Chelsea Oliver said...

GREAT picks! But seriously, let's talk about how awesome Dave is <3 <3 <3 hahaha - I saw him for the first time in concert this past summer after pining for him for the past decade. SO GOOD.


Anonymous said...

Tori, This made me cry. You are really a romantic. I love the one about the fourth of July. You never talked about that around me. That is my favorite holiday and I have memories from the mountains about seeing firewooks from a distance. It makes me so happy you have such a good marriage. Love Grandma Jackie