Over the last year I have read two books that have really encouraged me to reflect on my story and how I want to be remember when it is all over. Both "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller and "Love Does" by Bob Goff focus on creating not only a better story for yourself but also those around you. Reflection on one's life is a major theme that runs throughout each book. It is mentioned how Bob has a book in which he has written down over 500 memories of the details, feeling, and emotions of various times throughout his life. This got me thinking...how could I remember those important, or not so important, times in my life? As I reflected upon this, a common theme quickly became apparent...music.
Music, songs, and artists have a way of connecting our past to the memories that we hold dear. Instead of trying to document my memories, I allow them to come to me through music. I have created a "Ultimate Playlist" folder in my Evernote account where I will write down the name of a song and the memory it brings when I hear it on the radio. It is amazing how the gift of music can evoke feelings of happiness, sadness, pride, love, anger, or any of the many emotions one can experience. I soon found myself with an every growing list of songs on my "Ulitmate Playlist". Here are a few of the memories that came quickly rushing back when I heard the song:
GooGooDolls--Iris & Dave Mathews Band--Crash Into Me, My entire senior year of high school.
Amazing Grace, My grandma's funeral when I was 9 years old. I still get choked up each time I hear it.
Del Amitri--Roll To Me, My first date with Shelly.
Hey Jude--Beatles, Osmond High School jazz band.
Queen--We are the Champions, Every state high school wrestling championship since 1992. (especially 1998 & 2012)
Blackstreet--No Diggity, Decorating for Jr/Sr Prom at OHS in 1997.
I have found that creating my "Ultimate Playlist" has brought back lots of great memories that I will always cherish. It has also made me reflect upon who I am, where I've came from, and how it will guide me on my path in life. I would encourage you next time you are listening to the radio to let the music take you away...you never know where you may end up!
The rest of the list (for now):
Man In The Mirror--Michael Jackson
Love the One You're With--Stephen Stills
Two Steps Behind--Def Leppard
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
I Just Want to Celebrate--Rare Earth
Big Pimpin--Jay Z
Like the Rain--Clint black
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked--Cage The Elephant
Carry on My Wayward Son--Kansas
Son of a Preacher Man--Dusty Springfield
Piece of My Heart--Janis Joplin
Crash Into Me--Dave Matthews Band
Signed, Sealed, Delivered--Stevie Wonder
Ah Leah--Donnie Iris
Somebody to Love--Queen
Welcome to the Fold--Filter
Roll to me--Del Amitiri
The One--Backstreet Boys
Milford Jr/Sr High Principal