What makes a song special? How can you define or quantify that quality of a piece of music that makes it so evocative? For today's Fifteen Factoids post, I'm sharing a few of the songs that make me melt into a puddle of nostalgia for one reason or another. You'll probably find my musical tastes are a little more eclectic than you might have expected.
When I was in elementary school, I danced in a competitive baton twirling team. The routine I remember most was to the song Yackity Yack, Don't Talk Back.
In junior high and high school, I danced on the pom squad. My very first routine was R-O-C-K in the USA. The song that got stuck in my head the most was Living La Vida Loca. The song that went along with the funnest routine was My Shirona.
Each summer, my niece came to stay with us, and I remember driving her to her swim lessons one day when the song My Girl came on. Singing it with my niece at the top of my lungs is one of my favorite summer memories. Also, when I was a senior in high school, my biology class had a big dissection lab. Our teacher played the oldies station while we worked, and I remember one day when we all started singing along when My Girl came on. It was the funniest thing watching my classmates croon love songs to their fetal pigs!
I graduated from high school in 2000, the same year that Green Day came out with Time of your Life, a song written specifically for graduates. It's impossible for me to hear that song and not miss my friends from high school.
Anyone remember Jars of Clay? Their song Flood was one of my favorites, and one of my funnest memories was singing it with my best friend in her brand-new car.
Love Song for a Savior by Jars of Clay was also a special one for me as a teen. It reminded me that Jesus was the lover of my soul in spite of whatever crush-angst I was dealing with at the time.
When I was in college, my roommate and I woke up one morning to her radio playing Fill me up, Buttercup. That song now always reminds me of the playfulness that came with college living.
When I worked at a girls' home in Vermont, we got to see a concert with the Christian band Shane and Shane. Their song Beauty from Ashes is beautiful and inspiring, but the reason I love it so much is because it reminds of me of the relationships I built working there.
I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe was the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding. If I had to pick a love song for us today, it would probably be Heaven by Bryan Adams.
Jesus Loves Me is the first song my kids heard when they came out of the womb. My husband and I sang it to them right away after their births to make sure they'll always remember how much God loves them.
After my son Silas was born with serious health issues, he spent six weeks in the NICU. We weren't sure he would make it. I remember the day I sang It Is Well by his hospital crib and realized that even if my child died, God was still worthy of my worship and adoration.
I caught swine flu when I was pregnant with our third son. I was dead to the world for a few days and still sickly and lethargic for weeks. The song Press On by Selah encouraged me to persevere.
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