#Trending Songs on My iPod

“Live Until I Die” by Clay Walker: I did not realize what an impact music played in my life until I walked out of the opera house in Paris. This was the last leg of our trip, and my iPod died on the first day. We never turned on the T.V. since we didn’t speak the language anyways. I was feeling not myself, and as I walked out of the opera, a street performer stood outside and played some Snow Patrol, I realized why: My life had been missing music for the last two weeks. I stood there for a few minutes, soaking up the sounds (and the little bit of sunshine); I felt completely consumed with the melodies. And, as we sat in the aeroport, this song popped into my head, and reminded me of just how incredible life is.

“She Let Herself Go” by George Straight: In this song, the character goes to Las Vegas, Honolulu, New York City, the Spa. I went to Las Vegas, Chicago, Paris, London, Ireland. There is so much freedom associated in travel.

“I’m Going to Be Somebody” by Travis Tritt: I turn this song on anytime I feel defeated. I sometimes feel that, if I am not constantly working, I am not living a meaningful life. Bobby reminds me to continue striving, reaching for my dreams, even if people say, “get a real job/support your family/there’s no future in the road you’re taking”.

“Photograph” by Ed Sheeran: Ed just has some of the most insightful lyrics. In this song, the photograph represents a static, fragmented version of ourselves. Often times, one of the most difficult parts of losing someone–whether that departure be through physical or figurative means–is we feel like a part of ourselves is also lost; that, I “wasted all that time and energy” on something that does not exist anymore. However, as Ed reminds us, those things still exist in a photograph–whether that photograph be through physical or figurative means. And, anytime we want to re-visit them, all we need to do is pull out our photograph (or take a trip down memory lane).

“Galway Girl” by Steve Earle: Ever since returning from Ireland, I have been obsessed with string instruments. My soul was for sure revived when we sat in those Irish pubs and listened to the live Celtic music. There is something so genuine about the sound of a string instrument (On that note, I’ve also been really into “Barbed Wire Halo” by Aaron Watson).

“Sittin’ On a Bar Stool” by Charlie Daniels: This song reminds me of starting an epic dance party at the Grizzly Rose a few months ago with my sisters. The dance floor was too full, so we just started dancing on the side wings (where all the people generally sit to enjoy their dinner). We had a BLAST, and even got a few lonely on-lookers to join us. To me, this moment signaled our integration into our true family roots; “We don’t care what other people think. We are here to have a good time for ourselves”. And, a good time is exactly what we had (even if we looked like a bunch of spasmodic monkeys).

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin: My grandpa bought the Big Mouth Billy Bass and attached it right next to my grandma’s car, so it would sing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” every time she got in. He really did it just to piss her off, and the song always reminds me of my grandpa’s dry sense of humor. But it’s true. Anytime I am in a bad mood, I just turn on this song, and I just can’t help but do a little toe-tapping and whistling.

“Oh No, Honey I’m Good” by Andy Grammer: I am always worried about the moral decline of our generation. Music has a way to tap into our unconscious, and elicit feelings and attitudes, even if we are not always aware of those processes occurring. Songs like ‘Pretty Girls’ actually really worry me, because they talk about ‘[wiping] the floors with all the boys’. Don’t get me wrong; I am a raging feminist, but I am not sure we have to go to the extent of that sort of violent language, because violent language turns into violent attitudes. But, I do really like the song ‘Oh no, Honey I’m Good’, because I think it does instruct some kind of moral grounding (Like, I am not going home with you because I already have a significant other).

“Somebody to Love” (I know that Queen does the original version, but I have really been into the Garth Brooks cover):…..CAN anybody find me somebody to love?…

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