Sunday, March 2, 2008

Name That Tune (Prize Inside)

I. Am a shameless. Thief. I have stolen a meme from this site. I love it so much. And I invite you to play along. I am even stealing the meme this man has done.

The concept is simple. It's called My turn/Your turn, in which I tell you something about me, then you tell me something about you. No, it's not like playing doctor when you're a kid (I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours). Stop it. If you check out the post to which I linked, I think you'll enjoy his particular version of this meme.

My Turn:

My Hunny accuses me of always having a song in my head (which I do), and swears that most of the time it's my theme song for my life which runs through. He even claims to know what it is. According to him, my magnificent brain runs along to the tune of Flight of the Bumblebee. If not that, then the theme song to Barney, the Purple Bloatasaurus. Indignant, I claim that that is SO FALSE. I don't THINK SO. The first is indicative of how my ADD looks to the outside world (or at least to my Hunny), the second of, I assume, my lumbering, congenial nature. Oh how sad.

At any given moment there is a song running circles in my head, most likely just a snippet on loop, driving me nuts (Wheels on the Bus, anyone?). But I really do feel as though my life has a theme song, one which cycles in and out of the annoying bits which occasionally get lodged into the crevices, between the schedule and grocery list and stories. It's taken me a long time to identify the theme, to admit that it truly is the common thread in all of my experience, good and bad, of who I am.

Please don't laugh when I tell you what it is, as I'm sure it will sound simple and old-fashioned. And it is. And I'm' okay with that. It's seen me through some very, very difficult times in life. It has soothed my babies as I've walked them back and forth across a dark room, putting them to sleep, or patting their backs in their cribs as their sleepy eyes fight slumber.

Even this link sounds a little hokey, I know, but I love to sing it. I've walked other people's babies, while babysitting, walking them and singing it. Put them right to sleep every time. Alright, it's an old hymn, Jesus, Sweetest Name I Know. Not even my favorite hymn, y'all.

Because of what comes next, I must tell you WHY this is my theme song. I really only know the lyrics to the first verse:

There's within my heart a melody Jesus whispers sweet and low,
Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still, in all of life's ebb and flow.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Sweetest name I know,
Fills my ev'ry longing, Keeps me singing as I go.

Like a few of you, I've been through my share of rough patches. I've known fear, embarrassment, conflict, sheer terror at times. I've also known pure bliss, friendship, the joy of being a mom. For me, that's life's ebb and flow. In the middle of all of it, I've really heard Him whisper, Peace, Be still. It's part of why I'm still here, still a mom and wife and friend.

Your Turn

And now it's Your Turn. Tell me what is your life's theme song. Aaaaannnnd ... there's a prize! No, I'm not judging this based on the actual song, certainly not on it being a particular type of song. Just tell me what your song is and why. I really want to know! And I'll be judging in a purely subjective fashion, based on the song and story of why, how they fit together. You all fascinate me. :) The prize? I'll send out one of my favorite books, which I'll be picking up once the decision is made. Honestly? I have many favorites and will probably even be subjective about that, sending whatever is most appropriate given the story and song. How's THAT for totally not fair or clear?

The deadline for your stories is Wednesday, March 5th, at 10 PM, central time. I'll post the story here, hopefully on Friday, when I declare the winner. I'm guessing some of you will know your song without even having to think, while others of you might need to consult your spouse or best friend (though mine certainly wouldn't be any help!). Have fun with this!

Until I write again ...


P.S. I realized, walking around singing (it's stuck in my head now), that I really do have a split personality (y'all HUSH!). That song is always followed by "Something About That Name" (another cheesy sounding link - sorry). So maybe my Hunny is right. The first is my bouncy Bumblebee song, the second my lumbering peaceful song. Hmm. I hate being wrong. :(


AutoSysGene said...

Ok, I'm sorry for the profanity but this is my song. "B*tch" by Meredith Brooks. There is just something so right about these words.

I'm a b*tch, I'm a lover
I'm a child, I'm a mother
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I'm your hell, I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
You know you wouldn't want it any other way

Karen said...

Oh, Flea! I haven't heard that song in so long and forgot how much I love it. Thank you.

But for the life of me, being put on the spot like this, I can't think of anything. I'll have to come back.

Lori said...

Oh, I am so glad your song wasn't either of the ones your Hubby guessed! One is too stressful and the other too gooey! You picked a good one!
I wasn't sure I had one until I read what you said about rocking babies and getting you through difficult times. I thought of the time after my miscarriage. I thought of rocking and nursing my newborn son. I thought of walks alone with God and time spend being still and seeking Him.
And I realized I do have one.
When I am still and quiet, broken or at peace, it comes to my mind and sometimes even to my lips and into the air:
Oh, Lord My God
When I in awesome wonder
consider all the works thy hand has made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy works throughout the universe displayed
My Saviour, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

The Sports Mama said...

Ok. Mine is Amazing Grace. I know that this song means something to almost everyone. But it really is special to me. Its the song I have sung every night to each of my boys since they were born. (Well, Jock doesn't have me sing to him every night anymore, but he has been caught sneaking into his brother's room and laying on the floor next to the bed while I sing it to Bug!) While all of the verses speak to me, this particular verse says so much more.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

See, Coach and I were not supposed to be able to have children, and I've always known I'm a mother solely due to God's Grace. And being a mother definitely taught my heart to fear, and the love I feel for my kids relieves those fears so often. And as you know, my kids ARE my life.

Yeah, yeah. Cheesy. *shrug* You asked. :)

Unknown said...

Oh man, it would take me hours of research to find a theme song for my life...a very crazy one, indeed.

Great post and meme!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Yikes... my brain is about to go on overload. ONE song???

Mental P Mama said...

Easy. Petula Clark's "Downtown." Have loved it since I was a baby.

Flea said...

Melissa, I can't imagine a more perfect song for any woman who's honest with herself and her emotions and life than that. I don't know the tune, but the lyrics are perfect. No, none of us would want it any other way, ESPECIALLY our hunnys.

Oh Lori, I LOVE that hymn. If it weren't for mine always being at the tip of my tongue in a hard situation, I might claim that one. And when are you going to get a blog? :)

Sports Mama - always, ALWAYS a huge favorite. And to sing harmony? Oh! Make me cry!

And Mental P - why does that one make me think of Mary Tyler Moore? I loved that show growing up, but I think it was because my mom looked a lot like her. Now it's going to be stuck in my head all day. :)

Okay - I love hymns, plain and simple. For me? They feel powerful, they tug something at my core. But this contest isn't about what I love, it's about your theme song and why it is. Why it's part of who you are. :)

kay said...

this is actually kinda embarrassing...

i love this song

Well hello let's go
everybody must know
there's love in my heart like a bomb
It's blowing a song inside I'm singing
sunshine that your bringing now and it makes me happy
Listen to the radio playin' back in stereo
Sounds like my favorite song
I'm humming along my head is ringing
And I just can't stop singing now cause it makes me happy
You're everything I need, handed from above
I can't get enough of your love
Cause it makes me happy

and if you don't know it's drake bell from drake and josh.

it makes me happy in so many ways! just a happy, peppy song that makes you want to sing! and it reminds me of my Savior who loves me and makes me happy. and of my hubby and kids that make me happy! just a happy song!!

Anonymous said...

Flea, I got long-winded, so I posted the story over at my place. Sorry to make you click over, but I didn't want to fill your comment board. :)

I wish Bumblebee were my theme...maybe it wouldn't be so hard to get off the sofa! Heh..

Anonymous said...


That should do it. The title, in case I post again before you read it, is The Theme of My Song.


Anonymous said...

Flea! I DO have a blog! OOPS! I thought my name was linking to it, but I guess not!
Come on over and get to know me!

Karen said...

Lincoln Brewster's The Power of Your Love. Google it. It's awesome, and is what best describes my life.

brneyedgal967 said...

Garth Brooks - The River. I love this song. The melody. The lyrics. And what it means to me.

You know a dream is like a river
Ever changin' as it flows
And a dreamer's just a vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores...and

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide...yes

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all...yes

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Yes, I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
'Til the river runs dry

Flea said...

Oh maaaannnn. Y'all make this hard. I love the lyrics to all of these songs, including Zobabe's on her blog. And Huckdoll and Karen never came back with their songs. :) Come back! I wanna know! And your stories! I want to know MORE!

~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

I don't think I've had one other complete thought in my head since I read this post! I can't think of a song...I will be posting one I am sure when the contest is loooonng over - but that will be okay. It will only mean I can now get back to if I could just think of one...

Flea said...

My Aunt Resa, who is technologically inept, phoned in her response last night. Seems she couldn't figure out how to comment and can't back to the library to access the internet today. Poor Aunt Resa. I love her. :)

She says that Trust and Obey (another of my favorites) is her theme song. When she learned to trust Jesus, in her early 20's, she remembers feeling that He told her she could always trust Him. In some of the toughest times in life, Trust and Obey has come back to her, helping hold her up, reminding her to trust.

Burgh Baby said...

I have tried and tried, and I just can't come up with a song. I guess my life is just to insane to be set to music.

Karate Mom said...

I have two. Two songs that really say the prayer that is in my heart most of the time.
The first is sung by Selah, and is actually at the beginning of another song:

When I think I'm going under, part the waters, Lord.
When I feel the waves around me, calm the sea.
When I cry for help, oh hear me Lord, and reach out your hand.
Touch my soul, heal the raging storm in me.

The second is sung by Third Day. The lyrics say:
How many times have I gone astray?
The number is the same as the stars in the sky.
Every time, you've taken me back.
Lord I pray you'll do it tonight.

(Chorus) Please take from me my life when I don't have the strength to give it away to you.
Please take from me my life when I don't have the strength to give it away to you, Jesus.

How many times have I gone astray?
The number is the same as the sand on the shore.
Every time, you've taken me back.
Lord, I pray you'll do it once more.
(Repeat Chorus)

It's mostly the chorus that runs through my head.

Oh, and also, sometimes Scissor Sisters "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" runs through my head...but that's not really a theme song!

brneyedgal967 said...

Okay, you didn't say you could only enter once. And I'm a contest whore.

I know it's supposed to be a song that spells out your life, that explains who you are, gives you meaning and all that. Well, hon, I am a very complex individual... and I don't think that just one song quite captures the essence of Tammy. *chuckle*

This song is the one that accompanies the video of me sky diving on my 40th birthday. It's one of my favorites now and really speaks to me.

You gotta hear the song on YouTube it's really fanstastic.

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

Lyrics are:

I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions have an echo
In so much space

And when you're out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much

Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?

And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that's my only advice

Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are

Ha ha ha bless your soul
You really think you're in control

Well, I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me

My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I wanna be like them
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

But Maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy

Uh, uh

Flea said...

Okay, first? I LOVE the Rorschach video. Second? The early 70's sound is phenom! I read the lyrics first and was NOT expecting this. WOW.

1UP RPG said...

Thief! Thief! :)

Thanks for grabbing my meme. I'm glad you liked it!

Bob @ every, every minute

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