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Theme Songs of My Life

August 31, 2006

I have an unusual condition that I think is caused by the fact that I have watched millions of movies in my life and they have altered my perception of reality.
I often think about my life as though I were a character in a movie. I even think of my life as a great movie.

All great movies have great theme songs or sound tracks and I seem to give theme songs to moments of my life. Seasons of Love, for example, is one of my more melancholy themes, but it is a theme from my life.

When I think about graduation, or my friend Andy who died or certain other parts of high school I remember it like a scene in the great dramatic and traumatic movie that is me, and Seasons of Love is the song that plays under all of the action.

When I was in junior high I discovered my parents’ old records and subsequently the 70s supplied the sound track to those years. Especially the music of Guess Who and Three Dog Night.

Melissa Ethridge’s album Yes I Am is the sound track to my break-up with my first boyfriend — whom I was certain I was in love with and whom I knew, at the time, I would never get over. But I knew he was still going to be sorry someday because I would act like I was over him when he finally wanted me back.

He never did want me back. Oh, sigh.

He got married this June. And the theme song to my life on the night of his nuptials was Fighter by Christina Aguilerra.

In high school I was the biggest theatre nerd who ever walked the earth. I’m in recovery now, which mostly means I am a theatre nerd in secret and I don’t impose it on anyone else.

My theatre obsession meant that show tunes would supply the sound track to my life during high school. But not the peppy, silly Rodgers and Hammerstein type of show tunes. Oh no, I was a “serious” actress, which meant I had to like the dark, moody stuff, like Chess, Les Miserables and Rent. I even have a penchant for Phantom of the Opera.

I must have reached a higher spiritual plane by the time I got to college because worship music was the sound track to my first few years at OWU. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the fact that I was dating a worship leader.

I also had a brush with the Bee Gees, when I was a freshman in college. A good friend of mine, Angela Miller — who I love and miss and who lived down the hall from me at the time — was enthralled by them. I am the Dancing Queen.

I’m a big fan of Matchbox 20 and Lisa Loeb these days, but the classic rock is still in my soul.

Therefore, The Boys are Back in Town will be my theme when I visit my home town this weekend and again next weekend for my friends Stephanie Dobbs’ and Jenny Posthumus’ weddings.

So what are the theme songs of your life?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 11:36 am

    ehm, I think there’s a lot of song that affect my point of view til now, Across the Universe from Lennon voice, 100 Years from John Ondrasik, The Show from Lady Lenka etc,
    There’re different song for every different situation, aren’t there?
    The good news is, I always find a right song on my circumstances, just sharing 🙂


    • October 21, 2010 11:43 am

      Thanks for sharing!

      I know Across the Universe. I’ll have to track down the other two for a listen.


  2. dave c permalink
    October 21, 2010 8:00 pm

    It doesn’t map 1:1, but the Killer’s Hot Fuss was THEE ’03-’04 Vegas experience for me.


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