The Soundtrack of a Lifetime

Piano keyboard and headphones

Anyone who knows me knows how important music is to the soundtrack of my life.  I took years of piano lessons as a child, was in choir from middle school through college (and even for a short time after I graduated), and I keep a pair of earbuds or headphones within reach at all times.  I write to music, blast it when I work out, and rock out when I drive.

Music is my drug of choice, and I’m hopelessly addicted to it.  I’m thrilled when I discover that one of my favorite artists has something new.  I love discovering new music in my favorite genres.  I have playlists for all of my needs and I cultivate them meticulously.

I will even go looking for songs if I hear a snippet that resonates with me.  Just last night, I looked up a song from a car commercial that kept catching my ear.  While I won’t sell my soul for an overpriced automobile, if your song is featured in an ad and I like it, I will look you up.  It was this song, by the way:  I’ll let you figure out the commercial.

Music has such a profound effect on me.  It affects my mood, drives my creativity, and has so much capacity to fill my soul with happiness.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly what it feels like.  When I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, nothing pulls me out of it faster than some loud music banging around in my head.

The right music will fuel my writing like nothing else.  I typically listen to epic instrumentals when I write, artists like Two Steps from Hell, Audiomachine, Hans Zimmer, Lindsey Stirling, and M83.  Sometimes, if a song sets just the right mood when I’m writing a particular scene, I’ll repeat it over and over until I’m done writing the scene.  I must credit my sister Brianna for getting me into that genre.  She’s the one who introduced me to Lindsey Stirling and M83.  Thanks, sis!

I love it when I have friends whose musical tastes jive with my own.  Brianna is one of those.  She’s definitely helped feed my music habit.  Another person who has exceptional taste in music is my friend Jack.  He gave me this one:  It’s in my workout/treadmill playlist and I listen to it every day.  It’s the perfect tempo and it always makes me smile.  I’ll take a music recommendation from Jack any day.

Some of my favorite songs and music evoke such wonderful memories for me.  The music from the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show at Walt Disney World never, ever, fails to give me goosebumps.  And it always transports me directly to the World Showcase lagoon at Epcot, which is one of my favorite places to be.  If I happen to catch part of a song from my childhood, I’ll always think back to what I was doing at that time in my life.  The song At the Beginning from the movie Anastasia will always remind me of my wedding, because it’s the song that my husband and I chose for our first dance.  The music of E.S. Posthumus will forever bring memories of the day my daughter was born, since I chose that to listen to in the delivery room.  And the first few notes of the opening theme song from the anime with which I’m currently obsessed always make the gorgeous visuals start playing in my head.  Thank you, Dez, for that one.

Music is one of those renewable, evergreen resources for which I am eternally grateful.  There’s always more of it out there to discover than I can possibly listen to in several lifetimes.  My music preferences have evolved over the course of my life, and nothing excites me more than finding something new that lights up all of the receptors in my brain.

I’m always on the hunt for my next obsession, so if you’ve got any recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me a message.  Keep calm, my friends, and rock on.


One thought on “The Soundtrack of a Lifetime

  1. Brianna Shade

    I might have introduced you to Lindsey, but you took the deep dive into EDM and came back to introduce me to Two Steps, Mushroom, and Celldweller – now some of my ultimate favorites! And I LOVE Lone Digger; I always have to crank it when it comes up 🙂 I think you might also dig Galantis. They have some wacky videos. This one is my weird obsession:

    On another note, I cannot agree more with you on the profound impact music has on one’s soul. If I’m ever upset, music is my escape, and it immediately makes me feel better. IllumiNations also gives me goosebumps, along with Illumination ( and Shy Boy ( (I’m sensing a fast piano theme…). There’s a reason there’s a whole field of “music therapy” – it’s powerful stuff!

    Keep rockin’!


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