I saw this wonderful mentor text that asked artists the “playlist of their lives”… I put together a few from mine. There is also a “Youtube” playlist of my life if you want to check it out.
Once Upon a December
I was always fascinated by history even as a little girl. I would hoard those Dear Diary books (not being able to read them) and dream up the stories these girls could have lived through. The song Once Upon a December comes from the movie Anatastia and I was CONVINCED that possibly I must be the lost Russian princess. That song sang to my soul.
Glowing dim as an ember,
Things my heart
Used to know
Things it yearns to remember
And a song someone sings
Once upon a December”
That Thing You Do
My best friend from Kindergarten, Leah Hardie, and I watched the movie “That Thing You Do” every Friday night in her basement our fourth grade year. We would stand-up during the anthem “That Thing You Do” and scream it on the top of our lungs. Her parents often had to hollar at us and tell us to settle down.
Doing that thing you do
Breakin’ my heart into a million pieces
Like you always do”
God Must of Spent
I truly believed as a 12 year-old that if I just wished hard enough Justin Timberlake would wait for me and I would be his muse. Unfortunately, for Justin that never happened but luckily for me I got my blonde hair blue eyed lover 10 years later. God Must Have Spent was sung at the swimming pool everyday during the summer of 2000.
“Your love is like a river
Peaceful and deep
Your soul is like a secret
That I never could keep.”
Do you remember? The first time you heard September… I was in my dad’s car on the way to school. My dad loves funk and rock’n’roll. Some Days we would listen to Queen other’s Stevie Wonder … but my favorite EWF. There is no other song that gets you out of your seat… and that up-town funk feel makes you want to dance with incredibly deep lyrics.
“Do You Remember… 21st Night September?”
Come to my Window- Melissa Ethridge
If any song can send me back to my childhood this song sends me to the backseat of an old green babysitters car. Windows down– evening time October. This song has such deep and meaningful lyrics, although they meant nothing to me at the time as a 9-year-old. Either way this song will always send me back there.
“Come to my window
Wait by the light of the moon
Come to my window
I’ll be home soon.”
My sophomore year of college I got Mono. For a while I didn’t know what was happening to me. I felt like my body and mind were on two different planets. My bed became my home and I fell into a bout of depression. Yellow is the song that would get me out of bed and to class on time. Even though Chris Martin wasn’t singing the song about me I imagined somewhere out there … Those lyrics could be spoken about me too. Later I would dance my first dance to this song with my husband.
“Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And all the things that you do.”
Imogen Heap- Hide and Seek
First time I heard this song I was deeply overwhelmed by all the musical intricacies that are happening. I started out a music major and I have a deep appreciation for musicians who can do something no one else can do. The first time my now husband took me on a date he made a playlist for our car ride. This song was on the playlist and we both started singing immediately. It was just another aha! I found you moment. It’s beautiful.
“Speak no feeling, no I don’t believe you, You don’t care a bit.”
First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
“This is the first day of my life. I swear I am glad I didn’t die before I met you. But Now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you and I would probably still be happy.”
The exact sentiment I felt when I met Jon Lund.
My life started with him. I am forever grateful for his sweet beautiful soul.
This song radiates my love for him.
Forever Young- Bob Dylan
Below are the lyrics to what we call “Jan’s song”.., our son who is two-years old. Bob Dylan uses the words that are our sincere prayer and hope for him in the coming years
“May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay forever young”
Always Be My Baby- Mariah Carey
My son came singing his way into this world through emergency c-section after 72 hours of labor. After a year of struggling with sleepless nights, hives, and blood curdling screams we discovered our son has many allergies– despite what we thought was colic. Jan and I spent many middle of the night hours together crying and holding each other. Mariah’s song I assume is for a past lover but this song for me is the anthem of my love for my son.
“No you’ll always be a part of me
I’m part of you indefinitely
Boy don’t you know you can’t escape me
Oh darlin’ ’cause you’ll always be my baby”
Castle on a Hill- Ed Sheeran
I resisted listening to Ed Sheeran most of my 20’s. I loathe pop (except for my early 2000’s boy bands) and his name was always circulating the “top 20” radio stations. Accidentally my spotify played a song of his during quarantine and I was mesmerized. Ed is my age, 8 months younger than me. He’s the first music I have listened to and felt like– yeah that describes just how it was.
Does it make you old when people start singing about how things were and you can relate to them? For me this song makes me overwhelmingly and somewhat embarrassingly nostalgic for my youth.
“I’m on my way
I still remember these old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real
When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill”
Abigail teaches 5th grade science and math to her fabulous kiddos in Cincinnati. She earned her BA at Judson University in Chicago-land and is working on her Masters in Teaching at Miami University through the Ohio Writing Project. She has a passion for integrating writing and reading into all contents. She loves coffee about as much as her husband and baby son… and is a self-proclaimed lifetime learner. Catch up with daily happenings and ramblings on Twitter @mrsablund via email Abigaillund@foresthills.edu or check out other writings by Abigail https://movingwriters.org/category/abigail-lund/