Theme Songs or Why I’m Choked Up Before Breakfast

Jen posted some of her theme songs today, and I thought it would be a great thing to post a few of my own.

First, the song that best sums up Tony and I, and our marriage, is Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Mel Carter. We danced to it at our wedding, and we continue to do so every year on our anniversary. We are still madly in love with one another and I think this song captures our devotion without being too sappy. All the giddy joy we felt on our big day nearly 13 years ago is still there. It’s reassuring to look back and realize things have only gotten better.

Florence and the Machine’s Dog Days Are Over was my official 35K For SMA theme song. Somehow it reminded me that I was running for something greater than myself.
“Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for your children, for your sisters and your brothers. Leave all your love and your longing behind. You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive.”

Years ago, I put together a photo slide show of beach pictures. I set it to Scalliwag by Gaelic Storm and now I always associate the tune with those early days on the beach with two or three little children; when the older kids were first developing their own love of the seashore.

Shortly after Fulton’s diagnosis, I made a video to explain his background, SMA and Arbp. Sheen’s cause. I set it to Cold Play’s Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love. The flow of the song and the break between to the two sections lined up perfectly with the story I was trying to tell. It was a heartbreaking video, and I tear up every time I hear the song but the line “the sun will come out again” always jumps out at me. Even though I was in a dark place when I made that video, I think somehow I knew things would get better even if I had a hard time believing it at the time. (I think my video was ultimately removed by YouTube due to some copyright issue.)

Those were four that jumped out at me. While I go grab a tissue, what songs define the most memorable moments of your life?

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  1. I love the Gaelic Storm song. I think they do a good version of “I’ll Tell My Ma” and I’m about to check out their version of “Little Beggerman”.

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