Posted by: ktzefr | February 17, 2014

10 Songs That Tell My Story

If someone made a movie of your life so far, what would the soundtrack be like?  Which 10 tunes would have to be included?  The scenes/snapshots to go with them?  Here are mine:

1)  “Amazing Grace” — growing up singing in a one-room church in Appalachia.

2)  “Stars and Stripes Forever”— marching in the high school band.

3)  “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees — college; Saturday night dances at Jack’s Blue Room; 40+ years with the same partner.

4)  “One Love” by Bob Marley — falling in love with the Caribbean’s blue water and green hills and red flame trees.

5)  “Dance With You” from Willie and Lobo’s Gypsy Boogaloo — discovering Latin music as a new mom and feeling connected to things that matter most.

6)  “Cielito Lindo” by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan — Mexican plazas, starry nights, men in boots and sequins singing mostly off key…ay, ay, ay, ay!

7)  “El Condor Pasa”by Nanda Manachi — Ecuadorian Andes, wood smoke and candlelight, and the original haunting melody of the condor played in the place where it belongs.

8)  “Wild Mountain Thyme” — Celtic music on summer road trips to the Eastern Shore, feeling connected to my Scots-Irish roots over time and distance. 

9)  Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” — memories, transitions, being “transported”… on a train from Dijon to Paris; in a gondola in Venice; walking the Stroget in Copenhagen; London’s Piccadilly Circus in the 70s; Seeing the “iron curtain” from a wine village in Austria; watching glider planes swoop into deep valleys in the Swiss Alps; driving the Autostrada del Sol, Florence to Rome; getting lost in Paris…

10)“Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens — those times when everything seems all right with the world.




  1. Neat concept!

    • Thanks! Give it some thought and come up with your own. I’d like to read them. 🙂

  2. This is a great idea. I will start my list when we next get flood or snow days. Did some reading these past snow days- BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter was terrific. Now, I’m enjoying SHINE SHINE SHINE by Lydia Netzer. Netzer has an intriguing style.

    • I’ll bet you can make a list quicker than you think. Just remember that the songs should tell your story, not just be songs you like. I’d like to see the list! I have another friend reading SHINE SHINE SHINE, but I haven’t read it yet.

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