I don’t know about you but whenever I need a boost to my mood or a jolt of energy, I turn to music.
No matter what, I’m never let down. Whenever I need to clean, before I reach for the vacuum, I make sure my iPod is turned on and ready to go.
Like so many, I was saddened to hear about the death of Whitney Houston. She had such an amazing voice…so unmistakable. In the wake of this tragedy, there is a positive: we will always have her music.
For me, when I hear certain songs, I’m immediately taken back to a certain place, with a childhood crush, in our suburban on a family trip…or in my own car singing without a care in the world of who can see me. As a tribute to Whitney, and to all artists out there, I have listed some of my favorite songs and the memory I have of them:
- “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams: What I informally dubbed “our song” as it was the song my childhood crush and I danced to in junior high what feels like a lifetime ago…
- “Roll On” by Alabama: Played religiously every time we drove from San Antonio to Chicago (or practically every road trip we took as a family; my Dad was a saint for being patient with us as we would barely pull out of the driveway when me or my sister would ask, “Dad, can you put this tape in?” And yes, I said tape…that small thing you held in your hand…had two holes in it and you could manually rewind. Good times.)
- “Could I Have This Dance”by Anne Murray: My Mom introduced me to her music and great voice, and I just love the words in the song…hopeless romantic, yes, afraid so.
- “You Raise MeUp” by Josh Groban: Inspirational….Tear-Jerking…great voice…enough said.
- “Hold On” byWilson Phillips: Birthday parties at the skating rink….more recently though, the scene from Bridesmaids….love, love that movie!
- “I Won’t Let Go” byRascal Flatts: This song made me cry while playing at my nephew’s eighth-grade graduation
- “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait: He always plays this last for his encore, and it never gets old. And, boy, does he age well!
- “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” byToby Keith: It gives me goose bumps every time I hear it and makes me proud to be an American!
- “If That’s What It Takes” by Celine Dion: My sister surprised me with a trip to Vegas a few years ago and we saw Celine in concert. She sang this in French, and it was absolutely beautiful, even if I couldn’t understand all of it.
- “The Dance” by Garth Brooks: It’s a great song about enjoying the little things in life.
- “Save the Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble: No memory other than every time I hear this, I can’t help but turn up the song and sing along, and oh that voice! I know it was in some movie I’ve seen but blank on which one.
- “The Town I Loved So Well” by Phil Coulter: He is an Irish singer whom my parents love, and this songs makes my family think of a town we all love-Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where we used to vacation twice a year.
- “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll” by Bob Sieger: Wedding receptions come to mind. It’s such a fun song for dancing.
- “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King: This song is such a classic, and it makes me grateful for my friends.
- “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by Celine Dion: I start playing this shortly after Thanksgiving. It has great lyrics but really, it’s Celine…what’s not to love!
- “Believe” by Josh Groban: It’s from the movie “The Polar Express” and reminds me of Christmas. I watch this movie every year.
- “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas: Another perk to working at OU is that I got to see this concert for free since I volunteered to work the concert. They performed before another of my favorites, U2 hit the stage, and it was a fun, fun night and memory!
- “Hello World” by Lady Antebellum: What a great song with a very moving video. Each time I watch it, I can’t help but stop what I’m doing. I’m also looking forward to seeing them live with a girlfriend in April.
- “For Good” by Kristen Chenoweth: It’s a great song, and she performed it live on the tribute to Oprah.
And last, but not least…
20. “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston: No specific memory comes to mind, but it’s a powerful song that makes me reflect on being proud of the person I’ve become.
These are just a few of my favorite songs. I love that when people hear songs, they have their own unique memories.
Maybe a song makes them cry, laugh, shake their head, etc. Whatever thoughts run through your head, they’re all thanks to music. Simple, yet powerful.
Mary Delaney is a NewsOK contributor and works at the University of Oklahoma.
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