"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
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?