If My Life Did Have A Movie...Turn The Sound On

Monday, July 19, 2010

As I warned you I accepted Tossing It Out’s challenge of, “If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?” I must say this has been a most challenging question to say the least. But I will do my best.

Should my life ever become a movie complete with soundtrack I know it would be given an “R” rating, I have never shied away from new, interesting things. Regardless of what that good angel my mother put on my shoulder was screaming. But let us start the movie.
A bushel and a peck by Doris Day was a song from my earliest days with my Grandmother. We would often sing this song to each other as it played on her old cabinet record player (which I now own). I had to include it. To this day we end our phone conversations with her saying, “I love you a bushel and a peck” to which I will respond “I love you, and a hug around the neck.” (Sorry link broke and I had to remove this

Build me Up Buttercup by The Foundations is the first song I played air guitar to. It was an era in time when my life was an oyster. A time full of sunny days playing “Kick the Can” in the street until the streetlights came on. When no one locked their doors and kids COULD play in the streets.

Centerfield by John Forgerty describes how I spent my entire childhood. Outside of music and art, baseball or softball in my case, was all I did. This is where I learned to hide pain; I competed many a time with broken bones or dislocated joints. This is why the song is so fitting. But the game was good to me and to this day most all of my best friends came from being a part of some team.

Mamma Told Me Not to Come by Three Dog Night best describes my formative years, how I went anyway, and reflects my “Bad Angel.” I was always finding myself somewhere I should not have been but was also intrigued by the wild side. Though, I must say during the 70’s the wild side was tame compared today’s standards, we only hurt ourselves.

Sitting on The Dock by Otis Redding is my “Good Angel’s” song. Being born a Scorpio I have always had a duel personality. While my wild side would only hurt its self, my good side was always there to help others. I would use this song to silence my bad and put balance back into my life.

Life By The Drop by Stevie Ray Vaughn moves us forward to my mid-thirties where I began to find lost friends and start to lose a few too. It is the song that reminds me of reconnecting with people you share a piece of your history with and you were separated from. A song that tells us we have to cherish those relationships because; as I said I lost a few.

Take it to The Limit by Etta James, well anyone who knows me knows my story could not be told without Etta. I own 25 of her thirty plus albums and I think this a better version than the Eagles but that’s just me. The song reflects my life in general, so many dreams that too many time had the same result but just one more time….

What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes is a song for women and their struggle I have been told. But then I disagree. This song to me represents all the battles I have faced trying to cure the, way too many, injustices in the world. No story of mine would be complete without a revolution song; I’m a rebel.

Don’t Let Me, Get Me by Pink. Well, this is my story in a nutshell. Constantly battling with myself, always thinking the grass is greener, breaking all the rules but I’m learning how to love exactly who I am. I’m not so bad.

Samba Pa Ti by Santana would be the track for my current place in the journey I am on. A beautiful song, the best instrumental I feel ever recorded. Why an instrumental here, because the words at this point have not yet to be written. This brings us to the credits….

What will be playing? Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, of course. My all time favorite, I can do it, dreams do come true, song.

In closing just so you know I have a passion for music of which I have spent my life collecting. To date I have over 2,000 recordings in the various forms of vinyl, cassette, and CD’s. I knew this would be a challenge, thanks Lee.

That is it; the movie is over. Please put all of your refreshment containers in the waste receptacles by the door as you leave. I hope you enjoyed the movie.


Gregg said, 

What a great list! Interesting events in your life. I love Build be Up Buttercup - any time hear that song I automatically think of There's Something About Mary.

Good job!

July 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
arlee bird said, 

Thank you for participating and making such a heartfelt contribution. Guess you're pretty close to my age--I could identify with much of what you were saying. I'm glad I grew up when I did. I don't really envy young people today, but they'll have their own unique stories to tell when they get our ages.

Tossing It Out

July 19, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

Great songs! You brought back some very fond memories with "A Bushel and a Peck". Thank you for sharing.

July 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Jules said, 

Greg, I did not see that movie but I still love this song.

Lee, You are welcome and yes I think we are close in age. No way would I change my childhood with that of today.

Kimberly, You are welcome and thanks for stopping by.

July 19, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
kobico said, 

Wow, Jules, it would be difficult for me to think of songs or lyrics that are relevant to my life. Love the post and the thought you put into it.

July 19, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Roland D. Yeomans said, 

If there was a theme song for my life it would be Fernando Ortega's THROUGH THE FIRE.

An unknown song for an unknown writer. Fitting.

You have an interesting, engaging, and thought-provoking blog.

Thanks for dropping by mine and following, Roland

July 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Gail said, 

I would be hard put to document my life in music. Many of these songs also measured my life, many joys, many sorrows and always backed with great songs.

Thank you for reminding me how his music makes me feel.

July 20, 2010 at 4:10 AM  
mamadew1 said, 

Good music and you have always loved it even when you were in your hid-a-way in the closet. Stood outside and listened with a smile on my face as you and Ann Murray would sing together. But you forgot the one that has meant the most to me and that is "Amazing Grace" when you gave your life to Christ. You may have left Him sitting but He has always been there for you and always will be. Love You!

July 20, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
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