Wednesday, October 20, 2010
What defines you?
However, just because I can’t sing does not mean I don’t have a deep appreciation and love for music. I can directly link major moments or times in my life to a particular song, which represented what I was going through or made me feel a certain way. When I was a senior in high school, my favorite song was "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley. I was a bona fide beach girl, and this song encapsulated my summers. The song "Dancing Queen" by ABBA reminds me of my mother every time I hear it. She would dance around our house singing this song when I was young, and to this day my friends and husband think I’m crazy for loving ABBA, but I have a special place in my heart for the group that makes me think of my wonderful mom every time I hear them.
The song "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by John Denver always reminds me of my dad, a pilot for thirty years. The song "Fortunate Son" by CCR was my getting ready to go out song in college, thus I can’t hear it without thinking of Disco Night in T Town.
I had two five-year relationships before I met and married my husband and the songs "I Can’t Tell You Why" by the Eagles and "Chances Are" by Matina McBride and Bob Seger each respectively remind me for good or bad of the times with those men. "At Last" by Etta James was the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding and will always put a picture of my husband’s sweet face in my head when I hear it.
So last night as I was out celebrating turning thirty-nine I wondered what song do I think defines me now. The truth is I’m not sure, but I’m going to have fun finding out. I made a list of five things I want to do this next year: 1. See an amazing concert, 2. finish writing another book, 3. go to NYC, 4. go to San Francisco, and 5. buy a bike and train for a race. Maybe the song that defines me will be about traveling.
Do you have a song that reminds you of someone or something or perhaps that defines the moment you are in right now?
I’d love to hear about it!
Julie Johnstone, The Marchioness of Mayhem