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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Play List of Your Life

Earlier this week, NPR put out the call for listeners to share the play list of their life.  

"Music," they charged, "It has been there with us from the beginning — sometimes in the background, sometimes center stage. We listen. We sing. We play along. We compose. We remember."

It's true...we all have a play list. We have songs that cut to our core, that conjure a tear or cause us to smile at the very hint of their first note. 

If you could tell your life story — chronologically, up to now — in six songs, what would they be, NPR asked.

It took me some time. I shared the challenge on my Facebook page when I first saw it, but I really had to think. What were those songs that defined my experience?

And so we have it...

1. The Score of The Sound of Music. We were a Sound of Music family. We gathered around the television every year without fail to watch the young novice, Maria, sing her way into the hearts of the Von Trapp children and their hunky Austrian papa as well. No doubt, this score, from My Favorite Things to Edelweiss, is a touchstone in the playlist of my life.

2. Rio...Duran Duran. As a child of the 80s, the video generation who saw the birth of MTV, I was enamored with all things British Pop. At some point, I crushed on every member of this ubiquitous boy band. While they had a multitude of chart topping hits, Rio, seems to be a signature song and one that I will sing every time I hear it in an 80s flashback.

3. Paradise by the Dashboard Lights...Meatloaf. I can't really explain this one, except for the fact that it always seemed nearby me and my then BFF. Whether it was on the radio cruising up to the beach or blaring from the speakers in the dorm of Guild Hall, the story of young love lust is one I will always remember.

4. Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude...Jimmy Buffett. I spent much of my 20s and 30s as a card-carrying Parrothead. I was so captivated by all things tropical and pirate that I escaped my own latitude and moved to South Florida. What I learned is that it's not the latitude, it's the attitude. I still love Buffett and channel him whenever I need to be in a Keys state of mind.

5. Concerto de Aranjuez...this was the opening sequence played in my husband and my wedding video. I walked down the aisle to a guitar version of Canon in D by Pachelbel, but this piece will forever be associated with that perfect day.

6. And now, here I am, in my 40s. Life is good. I have to go with one that makes me smile, even when I think about it. Thanks, Bob Marley for those Three Little Birds because I know that "every little thing's gonna be alright."

That's my six. What are yours? What's the play list of your life?


  1. I love this!!
    Awesome playlist. c:
    I'd definitely have "Moon River" sung by Audrey Hepburn in mine. :D


    1. Thanks, Harlynn! I love "Moon River" and I loved Breakfast at Tiffany's...such a great classic! I'll be humming the rest of the night. Thank so much for visiting. :-)

  2. Mine involves a lot of Led Zep, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac, and David Bowie. And always Bob Marley :).

    1. Hi Lynda! Thanks so much for stopping by. You have a great rock set. And Bob Marley...what's not to love? :-) Thank you again for visiting and for your comments. I really appreciate it. Cheers!

  3. I had a "2-disc" soundtrack playlist of my life when I was in middle school. I'll have to dig it up. I can assure you there was lots of ABBA though :)

    1. Hi, Xandra! Welcome! I love ABBA. I still watch "Mama Mia" whenever it's on shame. ;-)Was the soundtrack a project you did? I teach middle school and that sounds like something my students would like. Thanks again for stopping by! Come back again soon.

  4. oooh very tough to choose only six. I have hundreds in my iTunes favorites, and that's just the upbeat stuff for my daily walk. Also love classical, classic rock, some techno. Extra points if it is something I can attempt to sing in my limited, mediocre alto. Off the top of my head: Would I Lie To You by the Eurythmics; Ray of Light by Madonna; Like a Prayer by Madonna; Get Lucky by Daft Punk/Pharrell; Are You In by Incubus; Word Up by Cameo.

    1. Hi Lissa, you're's tough to pick only six. Songs are memorable for so many reasons. Different songs serve different purposes. You have a great play list though. Madonna is a keeper, for sure..."Like a Prayer" is my favorite. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your favorites. Please visit again soon. :-)