Music, I feel, has influenced my life and my view of the world immensely. I started out listening to country music primarily because it’s what my parents had played for most of my childhood. I had heard some pop songs every now and again but some artists such as the Spice Girls, NSYNC and Backstreet Boys I never listened to. In addition to country artists from Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to Toby Keith and Dixie Chicks, I was also blessed to have grown up listening to Journey, Queen, Selena, Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi, Cher, Chuck Berry, Wham! and so many more which is why I like to say I grew up with that music even though a lot of it came out before I was born.
As I started school, made friends, rode the bus which tended to play pop music on the radio and the internet became more easily accessible (which makes me feel like my parents do when their talking about things I don’t quite, understand…), I was able to really broaden my musical interests. I started listening to artists that were more current such as Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, P!nk, and one of my favorites: Bruno Mars.
Now my taste in music not only spans over decades and decades, but it also spans across the globe. I listen to music from artists here in the US and also from Mexico, Argentina, England, Ireland, Scottland, Spain, Portugal, Iceland, and so many other places. I have to thank the internet for that because I also get to learn and understand other cultures just from songs and that is something I could not imagine living without.
Anyways, you can probably tell from the title of this that I’m not just here to talk to you about my taste in music. I was getting lost in the void of Youtube the other day and came across an interview done by a radio station titled: “Selena Gomez Opens Up About Being In Love | Reflections“. In it, she is left in a room alone with just her reflection and five envelopes with questions. I highly recommend watching it because it is actually really cool to see what music she grew up with and listens to. I thought it would be interesting to write my own answers in a blog post for the same questions she was asked. So without further ado, here are my answers to Capital FM’s Reflections:
1. The First Song You Ever Loved
As I said, I grew up listening to country music, so naturally, the first song I ever loved is going to be a country song. Born To Fly by Sara Evans was my favorite song growing up. My first vivid memory of it is when we were watching the music video on CMT and it was like The Wizard of Oz with the farm, Toto, the “wicked witch” neighbor, and the tornado. Because of it, I grew up calling it, and to this day still do, “the Dorothy Song”. I would make my parents turn up the radio when it came on and I would mumble along with the song because I could never quite get the words right. Looking back at the lyrics, I can really see how that song shaped me into who I am today.
2. A Song That Reminds You of Where You Are From
One of the first songs that came to mind was I’m Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys which makes sense considering I am from and live in Massachusetts. But If I had to really pick one that reminded me of home-home, I’d have to agree with Selena Gomez with her choice of The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert. Although my parents met in California, my dad grew up here in southern Massachusetts. When they moved here, the house I grew up in was fixed up by my family. My fist-print as a baby is in the basement and I’m pretty sure I have a few handprints in the garage. My dog Colby, who was the first family dog I really remembered, and the two cats I grew up with, Piper and Buttons, are all buried in the yard with stones that my dad carved their names into. We have a tree with one of two homemade swings still on it and a treehouse, that my dad and older brother built, both of which have so many memories of me and my brothers growing up.
3. A Song You Wish You Had Written
I am not a songwriter by any means, although as a small child I reeeaaallly wanted to be one (five-year-old me probably wouldn’t have gotten any takers for my songs though). If I could have written any song (or songs), I would have loved to have written any of Queen’s songs (let’s be honest they’re geniuses), or Jolene by Dolly Parton. Even if you aren’t a Dolly fan, which probably means you’re living life wrong, or you don’t like country, Jolene has still been one of those songs that just lasted and resonated with so many people for decades and will probably continue to do so for many more to come.
4. A Song That Reminds You of Being In Love
I have never been in love so I felt answering this honestly just wasn’t possible. I also thought about answering it with a love song that I thought might be my best guess. Instead, I decided to find a song that just best symbolizes love that I felt between me and my friends and family. Here’s to my friends and family: Even if you don’t hear from me all the time or vice versa, even if you and I are not on the best terms or haven’t really talked in years, just know that I’ll Be There For You (by The Rembrandts).
5. What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror?
This is not a song but still a very important question and I have a song that I think fits perfectly anyways. When I look in the mirror, I see a young woman on a mission. She is always working on making herself the best possible version she can be. She tries to see the world in the best possible light while acknowledging its flaws. She is determined to make a positive change in the world. But, she knows that if she wants to make a positive change she has to start with herself first. And if you can’t figure out the song that reflects this, it’s Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson.
These questions are a lot harder to answer than you may think and I highly suggest coming up with your own answers. It really makes you reflect on your life and how the songs you grew up listening to and the songs you listen to now impact you and shape you into who you are. And feel free to comment below what songs you chose. I think it’d be really interesting to see what songs and answers came to mind for other people. And if you are interested in my bizarre range of music, you can follow my Spotify and see what songs, artists, and playlists I’m listening to and maybe even add some of my choices to your own playlists.