Five songs that symbolize memories in my life:

Madonna – Cheerio Girl (Material Girl)
When I was about 7 years old I used to play this song on full blast and dance around the living room, jumping on the furniture singing “Livin in a cheerio world, and I am a uh cheerio girl! You KNOW!” Whenever I hear the song now that’s always the memory that I remember.

Donna Lewis – I Love You, Always Forever
This was my first, true favorite song. I was in junior high school and used to lay on the floor of my room listening to the radio on my tape deck. When I first heard this song it spoke to me unlike any song before it. I was so desperate to hear it again that I quickly wrote down the time and radio station hoping to listen to it again the next day. When it didn’t play again I was so disappointed. I soon realized that the radios didn’t play the same songs in the same order every day so I got an idea. I found a blank tape and decided to wait patiently by the radio for that song to play and I could record it onto the tape. Pretty soon I was listening to it all the time until my father bought me the real tape for Christmas that year. It was one of the best gifts I’d ever received and I hadn’t even asked for it (:

Seal – Love’s Divine
I discovered this song at a very low point in my life. I was up at college and everything was falling apart. I was doing awful in my classes, couldn’t decide on a major, wasn’t getting along with my friends, had recently been in a car accident and my parents lived on the other side of the world. I used to go to the commons area in the apartment complex and sit on the couches by myself. On this particular night the room was completely dark and the only light coming in was from a street lamp outside. It was around 1 AM and I could see the snow falling outside through the dim light. I sat on that couch in the corner, playing this song over and over, silently crying to myself because I felt completely and utterly alone; as though no one in the world cared about me.

Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Hands down, this is one of my all-time favorite songs. This song came out while I was in college and my roommate would do an awesome karaoke dance whenever we listened to it. She’d mouth the words and dance along as though her heart had been broken by the most gorgeous guy in school. It was hilarious and is one of my favorite memories from my college years. Whenever the song comes on now, I’ll throw myself against a wall and slowly sink to the ground like something out of the 80’s in agony of my lost love. AJ gets a kick out of it every time.

Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
This is our wedding video song. We don’t actually have “a song” but this song always reminds me of our wedding day, our courtship, and how far we’ve come since childhood to where we are now. It’s a very sweet, reminiscent one.

It’s truly amazing how a song can have such an impact of my life. I’ll hear it and all the memories and feelings will come rushing back to me. I am so grateful for music. It is one of my favorite things in this world and I’m glad I was able to share these songs with you. I hope you have a set of your own because music really is so wonderful and a great way to hold on to those distant memories.

*My current favorite bands are Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine (:

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Quote of the Day:

Me: “What do you wanna do now?”
AJ: “I don’t know. I hadn’t planned this far ahead. I thought we’d be dead by now.”

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