Music. I don’t talk about it too often to the general public but it’s a very personal thing to me. I remember events and feelings by songs. I could give pivotal moments in my life soundtracks. Music is what soothes my soul, makes me dance and gives words and a rhythm to things in life that I feel so deeply but can’t always explain. I’ve listened to it in the depths of my darkest days (when my mom passed) and I listen to it when I’m driving with my window down on a beautiful, sunny day and life just feels so magical. It lives within me deeply…so this Top Ten Tuesday is hard. It’s personal. I have very specific reasons why songs trigger feelings or remind me of something. Sometimes people don’t get my meaning. That being said…here it is
1. Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones // Paper Towns by John Green
This has always been a favorite song of mine and it held new meaning after an ex-boyfriend told me that this song was the epitome of me. Don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing BUT I couldn’t stop thinking of this song when I read Paper Towns. It embodies her spirit and SO many of the lines were just spot on. I mean, throughout the book Quentin and us as readers just learned so much about her with every “day”…she just couldn’t be pinned down as to WHO Margo is.
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday, who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you
2. Boats and Birds by Gregory & The Hawk // If I Stay by Gayle Forman
3. Young Blood by The Naked and the Famous // Ten Things We Did And Shouldn’t Have by Sarah Mlynowski
This song just embodies the ups and downs of youth..just being young, in love, making mistakes, learning from them, having fun..etc. It’s a fabulous song (one of my favorite bands) and I feel that 10 Things We Did really did capture youth — even if it was a bit more crazy than most of our lives!
We’re only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins
4. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel // Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepytus
5. Wake Up by Arcade Fire // The Beginning Of After by Jennifer Castle
While I didn’t love this one as much of others, on a personal level I really resonated with the grief portrayed in this book and I couldn’t stop thinking of this song. It’s easy, while you are grieving, to try and pretend everything is ok..because that’s what it seems like we are conditioned to..to just repress everything. Anytime I read about books with grief, I just relieve these moments of release and, as painful as it can be, it helps. Keeping things in never helps and we shouldn’t be afraid to let them out and be honest that we AREN’T ok. Burying these things is just living a lie and it does turn your heart a little hard. I guess the feel of this song just resonated with me while I watched her stumble and make the same mistakes of holding it all in and having to battle with yourself until you are ready to deal with it.
6. Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova // Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Ok, I do not want to give anything away with this book. But yeah…I’ve loved this song for years and when I read this book last year I just put this on and laid there because that’s how I felt when I finished it. It may sound strange but that’s where the ending left me. I don’t know what happens with Pandemonium (although I soon will!) but I remember bawling my eyes out to this song.