If My Life Had A Soundtrack….. Thanks Sarah who claims to be Sadder BUT Wiser, I beg to differ this week as this topic has me stumped.
Do I do the Soundtrack of my whole life? You know… but that it is like Seminal songs, and we did that. Or is it? So there’s that.
Is it the Soundtrack of my life right now? Because right now I have a headache and I’m pretty sure that soundtrack would suck.
Or my headache free life?
Let’s start here……
I mean – I am feeling Nothing.
I was 5 when I first heard the soundtrack for A Chorus Line playing in my house. I was probably 8 when I got to see it in a “real” theater in Chicago. I was amazed, blown away, it was magic. And now I have my theme.
When I was 9 the movie Hair opened. My parents had seen the play live in Germany, and couldn’t wait to share it with their musical loving children. (we had already been indoctrinated to Oklahoma, South Pacific, etc) but this was different. This was more than a musical, it was a political protest. This was my indoctrination into the Vietnam war. I’m not sure what my parents were thinking. My memories of the movie as a child are of songs like Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In, Black Boys, Easy to be Hard, and Colored Spade. I don’t remember the more traumatizing images of a group of friends torn apart by war. Watch it now. Now that you’re all growed up.
The song that can always put in a good mood, even now, I crank it and sing my heart out is Aquarius.
I have mentioned before, but I know you weren’t paying attention (sorry I am projecting my husband on you), but I went to theater camp for 11 years. Yes 11. That means I was in 11 theater productions. The last one I was in was West Side Story, I played Anita. I had grown up listening to the soundtrack, but it didn’t click until I was actually in the play. You are probably expecting an Anita song now. But instead I’ll play you one that more closely represents my life in 1987 (the year I played Anita). And I don’t mean my mom was a junkie and my dad was a drunk. Just maybe, I was a little teeny weeny bit delinquent. And anyway, it was fun.
I just changed my mind, welcome to my life. (btw it was going to be Gee Officer Krupke)
Instead let’s go here. My dad didn’t just love musicals he was in them too. You know he practiced what he preached, which made it easier for me to practice what he preached. Whatever. Anyway. My dad is long past now, but my favorite play he was ever in was Guys and Dolls, he played Guy Masterson. I love to hear this song. Once it was because it reminded me so much of him. Also I love it. Now I love it, it reminds me of him, and it reminds me a little of me.
Rocking the Boat
Then one day, many, many, many, many years later, I met my husband. He was an awesome (shoot I said was, I mean is, yes is…) guy. We had a ton of fun, and a veeeerrrrryyyy long honeymoon period. Thanks to God’s decision to let us figure out for ourselves that if we were going to have a child it would be through adoption. So we had a lot of “married with no children” fun, saw a ton of musicals. And this one stuck with both of us.
There Once Was A Man from The Pajama Game
Sometimes I think there is only one song that represents my life.
It’s this…..this is my life…..
Now get un-stumped, if you were. And join in the fun! We’re all friends here. Or we better be. I showed you mine…
These are the rules. Five songs (do your best to stick to it, I really do listen to every mix and I don’t want you to wait). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Try and check out at least two of the other players or more! (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Here’s my new idea. Why don’t you at least listen to the person before you, and the person after you. That way our last to join isn’t the last one out??
Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!
Do me a favor, if you’re a veteran, try to visit at least one person you’ve never visited before.
AND NOW, THE LIST OF ALL LISTS
March 4 – If My Life Had A Soundtrack… (Thank you Sarah from The Sadder but Wiser Girl)
March 11 – Great Cover Songs
March 18 – If I’m at a Party I Better Hear this Song! (in honor of St Pat’s)
March 25 – Forbidden Love (you choose why it’s forbidden!)
April 1 – In honor of April Fool’s (also because it’s been 6 weeks) YOUR CHOICE! What do you want to spin for us?
April 8 – Songs that you always knew were good, but blew you away when you heard them Live! (thank you again Kerri)
April 15 – These Lyrics Are Genius! (Thank you to Miss Cyn K!)
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Not only did I redesign this site, I also redesigned Raised on the Radio. It’s a brand new era with lots of changes. We would love for you to guest post, share any and all musical experiences! I will be moving all of our content over in a mix of old and new posts! Hope to see you there!