summer’s soundtrack

August 8, 2011 at 12:12 am 1 comment

Do you associate specific songs with specific people or moments? When I hear the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”, I think of my dad. Listening to Rebecca St. James’s “America (National Day of Prayer)” always reminds me of running in my green running shirt (okay, my only running shirt at the time) during a fall in high school. And “Add to the Beauty” by Sara Groves reminds me of this past winter.

Every season of my life seems to have a soundtrack. (Last summer it was JJ Heller’s “Painted Red” album). I connect with music; I search for songs that describe my life or express what I can’t, and then I listen to them over and over and over again. (Sometimes five or more times in a row).

I listen to enjoy, to learn, and then to know them well enough to sing along. I listen to let the music remind me of things that are important. And I often listen just because it’s fun.

Soundtracks are the songs that I pick to define a season, and the ones that just pick me.

So the songs for this summer?

Yes. The theme song to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (Both the verse for season 1 and the verse for the consecutive seasons). There are many reasons for this, I think – I watched it, and fell in love with it, for the first time this summer, and it’s about a single and independent young career woman. She got a new job in in a new town, and I was a young single girl with a new job in a new town this summer too.

It never fails to make me smile.

“How will you make it on your own? This world is awfully big; Girl, this time you’re all alone…Love is all around, no need to waste it. You can have a town, why don’t you take it? You might just make it after all.”

And “Blessings” by Laura Story. My sweet friend Rachel told me to listen to this song when I was going through a rather bumpy patch in May, and the lyrics are just breathtaking and true. “What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise…?”

“I Will Praise You” by Rebecca St. James. The entire album. I listen to it straight through for most of my runs, and I just love all the songs. It’s a bit more gentle than most of her other albums, and has such a heavenly focus – there is no other way to describe it. The songs are about the grace we receive today and the glory that will be revealed. In her words, “The overall theme of this album is trust and surrender and focusing on God.” I love it.

And Wicked. I finally saw it last weekend (props to my sister for being willing to rush standing-room tickets with me! and stand through the whole thing!) and ohmygosh did I love it. It turned everything on it’s head in such an unexpected way, and I’ve even read and heard lots about it but was still caught by surprise. And the reason the music is amazing? The composer collaborated with Alan Menken on several Disney projects! So songs from Wicked will bring me back to this beautiful summer, too.

What are some of your soundtrack songs?

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Dana  |  August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Jeremey Casella’s album “Recovery”.

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