If my life were a Hollywood movie, what would its soundtrack look like?
The answer: pretty random.
I realized on my long drive back to Southern Indiana last weekend that so many songs are forever tied to memories in my life.
Most of those are country songs because, well… I grew up on a farm where country music always played in the backdrop as we worked or played. There are a select few rock and Christian songs that evoke memories, too, though.
Kutless’ “What Faith Can Do” is like a beacon of hope for me. I heard it on the radio at the perfect moment – when I felt broken and lost five years ago.
I was driving home from the hospital late one night. My dad was there with a bad case of spinal meningitis. He was miserable and in bad shape, and I felt helpless. I was scared he might not make it. At the same time, my then-boyfriend told me he basically went on a pseudo-date with the girl he’d been in love with since high school.
I was angry and sad when I heard the Christian band sing, “Anyone can feel the ache. You think it's more than you can take. But you're stronger, stronger than you know. Don't you give up now. The sun will soon be shining. You gotta face the clouds to find the silver lining.”
I’m almost certain I openly wept as I listened to those lyrics that felt tailored just for me that night.
Don’t worry. This column gets happier. I promise that was the only song on the list that made me cry. In fact, if you need a laugh, read on to the next song. You won’t regret it.
My sister is notorious for belting out her favorite songs around the house and messing up the lyrics in the process. So every time I hear AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” I’ll laugh as I imagine her rocking out to it and singing the words, “She was a fax machine. She kept her motor clean.”