Of all the things I could live without, music isn’t one of them. Music is my solace. It is my outlet. Music is, quite frankly, my saving grace during stressful times.
Music can stir up emotions and memories like nothing else. It reminds me of good times as well as the bad. It transports me back to times of laughter, wild abandon and the trenches of heartbreak. Music can instantly elevate my mood and inspire me to keep pushing forward through the most difficult of times.
So, when I looked at the three prompts I gave you last week I knew I had to choose the 10 Songs that Remind Me of My Youth.
I must warn you, I chose to add pictures in the mix and the images you will be seeing may or may not cast me in a negative fashion-light.
1.) Hair Bands. I had a hard time singling out one song for the first in this list, simply because I immediately thought of “hair bands” when thinking of my youth. I was a child of the 80’s (although technically born in the late 70’s) so REO Speedwagon, Def Leppard, AC/DC , Bon Jovi, Poison and White Snake all take me back to my youngest years. “Hair” bands definitely conjure up some of the better memories of my youth. As a bit of trivia, Def Leppard’s Bringing on the Heartbreak, was the first metal band video on MTV in 1982. Which is about the age I was in this picture. Of course, MTV no longer plays music videos…but I digress.
2.) What’s a Virgin? I distinctly remember riding in a car with a friend around this age with Madonna blaring on my new casette player. The tape was playing, Like a Virgin.
I belted out those lyrics with the best of them and had NO idea what in the world I was singing.
Madonna was so classy….and such a good influence….it’s no wonder I would rewind that tape over and over again.
Like my ankle boots? Apparently, I saw ahead to 2011 fashion trends back in the late 80’s.
3.) Hanging Tough. I went to my first concert when I was 9. It went to see New Kids on the Block.
Oh how I loved that boy band.
And I was no dummy when I chose which of those boys I would swoon over. No Sir-ree. I chose Joey McIntire…because he was closest to my age, and dating him could TOTALLY happen.
I mean, I was quite the fashionista with that red butterfly belt complete with slouchy sock jelly shoe ensemble – I was a beautiful force to be reckoned with, no?
4.) Naughty By Nature. Color Me Bad. Bette Midler…. I was developing my eclectic taste, what can I say. I remember belting out “From a Distance” by Bette Midler with such passion. I loved to sing and I was in Chorus… so I was good and stuff.
Ok, not really – but when you sing with the tape, you sound exactly like Bette.
Then of course, “You down with OPP? Yeah you know me!” Except, I wasn’t down with OPP… but it was a catchy tune, no? And I Wanna Sex You Up? TOTALLY appropriate for a twelve year-old.
Moving on to high-waisted jeans and poofy bangs…..
5.) On Bended Knee. When I was 15, I had my first real boyfriend and Boyz II Men spoke to our cheesy puppy-love-hearts. Some of my fondest memories are from age 15-17 when I dated this boy. He was a good one. I’m not sure WHY Boyz II Men comes to mind since the boyfriend wasn’t a philandering heartbreaker….but it does…Anyway, sprinkle in a little Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise and you get me at 15-16ish.
6.) 1997. This is a snapshot of my graduation memory book. Outside of the Smashing pumpkins, I was a little bit rap-centric. And while I was actually quite the shy-insecure-wall-flower-type, I did drive a white buick with pimp red interior – so in that sense… it was fitting.
7.) Da’ Dip. You know how that one goes right? By the oh-so-classy artist “Freak Nasty”? No? Huh…well let me educate you.
My college years were filled with songs like this. Thankfully not the fashion…although admittedly, not much better.
8.) Breathe, Faith Hill. By 2001, I was a college graduate (Honors Grad…Holla!) and I had met my husband. Breathe, by Faith Hill was our song. We would sit on the phone for hours at a time and chat about everything. And we found our “song” by playing music we liked to each other on the phone.
So, in the years that followed college (prior to kids) there have been many songs. But to complete this list I have to say….
9.) Sweet Home Alabama and Pour Some Sugar on Me two of my best girlfriends and I used to go to this piano bar and we always danced and sang at the top of our lungs (it was quite the sight, I have no doubt) when the dueling pianists played and sang these songs.
Really and truly.
10.) Fly – Nicki Minaj This fairly new release speaks to my youth and present day approach to life. I grew up with many challenges and the lyrics in this song, they resonate…
I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
Can’t wait to look at yours! Link up below and leave a comment telling me which topic you’ll tackle next week and what you thought of the first week of #ListableLife!
Week #2 Listable Life Prompts:
1.) 5 fashion trends you wish you had not taken part of – hair, shoes, clothes, make-up – it’s all fair game.
2.) 5 things you would tell your younger self.
3.) 5 all time favorite TV Shows or Movies
Choose one of the above, write a post and come back next Tuesday, January 24th and link up!
*** While I put FIVE as the starting number for your list, feel free to add more. I realized through this post, that 10 may be too many…so, tweak as you see fit! List away!