What's your song and what's the story behind it?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Do you and your spouse have a song? A special "just you and I song"? When Mr. G and I first knew each other, I was 15 and he was 18, our song was "Every Breath You Take" by the Police. My Mother found the message behind the song (at least when associated with her daughter) to be a bit creepy. :-) But he left for Washington and Jefferson College and we lost contact and there went "our song". When we reconnected years later, I was now 18 and he was 21, our song then became "April Skies" by the Jesus and Mary Chain. Mind you, I didn't choose either special song, it was Mr. G's musical taste that reigned, not mine. I grew to enjoy the music that he liked, well mostly anyway, and he grew to like some of what I liked. We don't listen to any song here that doesn't sound sweet being lisped by a 3 year old. It's a good rule of thumb that works well for us. It also means that some songs that I previously enjoyed, I can no longer listen to. I used to like the Red Hot Chili Peppers but most of that just isn't kid-friendly. If "Angie" by the Rolling Stones comes on the radio though, I'll turn it up and sing along. Same with the Boss' "Pink Cadillac", Led Zeppelin's "Thank You", Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" or Pearl Jam's "Black". I enjoy religious music, mostly older hymns and especially Sacred Harp but I can't stand Contemporary Christian Music. I mean, it's fine if you do, but CCM makes me want to run bamboo skewers under my finger nails. I don't think there's anything wrong with "secular" music, songs that speak about human love, loss, happiness, whatever. The Song of Solomon is, after all, about some pretty basic human things. :-) Mr. G and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this past week and privately renewed our vows. Marriage is good, I am happy. I have added 2 new songs to the "our song" repertoire: Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game"; love, love, love that song! And Jack Johnson's "At Or With Me", a happy, particularly danceable song.