I've been working on this post for over a week and I'm not really sure why. I've known about YouTube for awhile but mostly I've just used it to check out other people's links. Then last week Gina wrote a post about listening to some of her favorite songs while cleaning her kitchen and it made me start to think about songs I used to love to listen to and all the memories that go with them. This year is my 15-year high school reunion and it is really making me introspective (am I using that word right?). Last August one of my classmates passed away and I guess this is affecting me more than I thought. I'm not bursting into tears all the time or anything like that but I do find myself spending time trying to bring back "what was high school really like" type of feelings or memories or anything. It's hard to remember what a day of high school was really like. All that's coming back are memories of embaressing things I did or said, stuff I got in trouble for or the complexities of high school relationships and I use "complex" in a sarcastic way.
All these memories are making me wonder what my girls will go through when they reach high school. Part of me wants to start preparing them for the emotional rollercoaster and also how high school is at the same time important and unimportant. Yes, it's important to study well and have a positive experience but the hours spent worrying over what what a classmate said in passing or what clothes to wear or what that boy thinks of you is unimportant in the grand scheme of life and, obviously, unmemorable!
I'm sure that with my girls, because they are girls, we will experience the highest highs and the lowest lows of the emotional rollercoaster. Hoo! That's going to be so much fun! I'm already looking forward to it.
Following are some of the songs I found on YouTube as I tried to make my way down memory lane. Some of the following songs are not necessarily my favorite but they do carry some memory with them and others I just like for no particular reason and some I absolutely love.
Everything I Do by Bryan Adams. One of my friends dedicated this song to his girlfriend when we were in high school and everytime we would go out, they would play it in the car. I've heard this song so many times and when I found it on YouTube, I almost cried, since this was the friend that passed away this year. Although this time may not be his favorite memory, this song brings him back in my mind.
Nobody Wants To Be Lonely by Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera. This is a beautiful music video.
Who doesn't like Jon Bon Jovi! Seriously, if you don't, I don't want to hear about it. This is a newer song of his It's My Life. The video is cool.
Next Time I Fall In Love by Peter Cetera & Amy Grant. This is about the time that Amy Grant fell from grace in the Christian music world. It's an great song, though!
You've Got A Way by Shania Twain. This song is the love theme from Notting Hill and it's just beautiful. If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it.
The Reason by Hoobastank. Obviously this is not a high school memory since this song came out recently. We really like music so we listen to the radio a lot but it's mostly Japanese (duh!) along with popular music from the States and I loved this song right away from the first time I heard it.
Take Me Away by the Dixie Chicks. Cool song. I feel like this sometimes. Also, since they play instruments their music has a great sound to it.
The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis & The News. Michael J. Fox. Back To The Future. Nothing more to say.
The Prayer sung by Celine Dion & Josh Groban. Josh Groban got his break when Andre Bochelli couldn't make it to sing with Celine Dion at one of her concerts. The show's producer said that maybe his son could stand in, at least for the rehearsal, until some other solution could be worked out. There were no other options at the time so they said he could try and everyone was so surprised when he started singing. That was his chance, his lucky break and the rest is history!
You're The Inspiration by Chicago. Again, a very beautiful song with a lot of non-specific memories.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face sung by Celine Dion. This is one of those songs that you would want playing in the background during your first kiss. It's so poetic and very beautifully drawn out.
Hmmm. Quite the mish-mash of songs. I'm almost embaressed to post this but I spent so much time on it so I can't justify not actually posting it. Enjoy it or ignore it.