3 S.R. Johannes: The Soundtrack of My Life

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Soundtrack of My Life

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The Soundtrack of My Life

Do you ever kinda feel like your life is a movie? Sometimes I do and I think I always have. Weird huh? I remember picking out songs and putting on plays for my family about my life ( all 6 or 7 years of it!) . I would act out a montage of my life as the music played on my record player (how kewl was I?)

I even wrote songs (oi!)

Anyway, I was thinking about my soundtrack today because I wanted to add a song.

My soundtrack also seems to reflect the music of that time. Whether it be the 70s (not that I was born then gulp) the 80s or the 90s.

When I was born - my song would have had to be: We've Only Just Begun. (Caren Carpenter)

When I had my first kiss (with a boy who kissed like a snake - or maybe he was a snake - we'll never know. But I am pretty sure Kevin Bacon would have been much better!): Let's hear it for the boys!

When I dated my first Love at 15 (Did everyone love The Pirate Movie as much as me? Especially Christopher Atkins hair - wait most of you probably are too young to remember :( I had the VHS tape and the cassette!): First Love (Kristy McNichol/Christopher Atkins)

When I got my first car at 16 (who else is in the 1983 Toyota Celica Hatchback club! Or should I say C-Hell-ica Unfortunately, Danny Zuka didn't come with the car - an oil leek and a bummed radio did): Grease Lightning (Grease 1)

When I went off to school (UGA was a party school where I learned very little, but got caught doing bad things. Auburn where I got my MBA was tough - just a different kind of jungle.): Welcome to the Jungle (Guns and Roses)

When I got my first job (I was just happy to be making real money money money!): Opportunities (Pet Shop Boys)

When my first wedding was called off (This is your cue to boo and hiss! There were so many songs during this time - and the sadder the better! Alice Peacock's Some Things Get Lost but my friend and I used to sing this song when we were down - and yes I was 30 years old!): I Will Survive - but it had to be Cake's version)

My second round of single days: - Nelly Furtado's I'm Like a Bird. I parachuted out of a plane (with a hot guy I might add) to this song!

When I met my hubby - we met at the zoo but those songs seemed inappropriate so I chose our first concert together: Macy Gray's Still (though I loved the whole album). (BTW - I KNOW my hubby would agree with me on this one! right honey? ;)

When I got married (to the most amazing man!): We danced to Someone Like You - the Shawn Colvin version. But all of our wedding music was to Enya - I walked down the aisle to The Sun in the Stream

When I had my kids (Alicia Keyes' If I Ain't Got You)

So to date, that would be my soundtrack (you only get like 12 tracks right unless there is Part 2) This represents where I've been - give or take a few other songs. Maybe I'll have to have a few different soundtracks, depending on the montages - like Dawson's Creek's Soundtracks - you know a new one every year.

Sometimes a song will pop up and I'll think - that would be a great song for my soundtrack - maybe for the time I did....or the time I said that....

Come on - anyone else? Who's with me?

Anyway - the new song by Miley Cyrus (Climb) is awesome! I love it and it totally captures how I am feeling these days about this whole publishing process.

I'll keep you up to date on my revised soundtrack! ;)


I just reread this post - man I am a sick person. I need help - a soundtrack to my life - am i crazy? Oh - Wait I need a song for that? (Crazy by Gnarles Barkley!)


C.R. Evers said...

ohhh! cool. I've thought of sound tracks for my book, but not my life. I'll have to think on this one. . . .

Great thought.


Lisa Schroeder said...

Love it!!

This morning the song Against All Odds came on by Phil Collins and that song took me back to the summer of my junior year when my senior boyfriend moved away. The song was on the radio ALL the time then and I related to it so much.

Anyway, this morning it was crazy how it brought back some of the pain with it! I love that about songs - they're like little time machines. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness ... that was like a musical walk down memory lane! :-)

lisa and laura said...

Damn you! That Miley song just made me cry a little. Seriously, what's wrong with me?

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Lisa/Laura - me too! whqat's worse - I cried when she sang it on american idol (what's wrong iwth me??!!)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Lisa S - love that song!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

CR evers - make sure you let me know what you chose! ;)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

kelly - finally someone up in my age check box. Thank goodness.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Love your soundtrack! We must be close in age because I remember all those songs. I loved singing Karen Carpenter because my voice is low and Shawn Colvin ROCKS! I saw her perform in Sedona. And the Pet Shop Boys, love those guys. Ah, the memories...

Jessie Oliveros said...

Oooh, I want to see that movie. And a wedding that was called off, followed by a jump from a plane? Wow. I'm glad that you didn't dance to From This Moment at you wedding. Then I might have puked.

Katie Anderson said...

so funny! I'm posting about The Climb tomorrow!

Corey Schwartz said...


You are a bit nuts, but that's what we love about you!!!


Kelly Polark said...

What a fun post! My kids love that Miley song! I did not know Cake had a version of I will Survive, will have to check that out, I love their unique music!
Great walk down musical memory lane!