Friday, June 13, 2008

What Does Your Anthem Sound Like?

I know it's been a while since I've written anything of substance. Sorry about that. I feel like I have so much to get my readers (if I have any left) caught up on that I don't know where to start. Like I'm afraid I'll start typing and never stop because there's so much to tell, but then everyone would be confused because I'd be telling it all out of order and it would make no sense.

So today I'm just going to ask for some help. I'm working on playlist. I am going through some changes (nothing major, just growing) and I need some music that reminds me of my ability to stay strong and positive.
Some of my Soul Sisters have already introduced me to the first few songs on the playlist.
A friend/doula client played india.arie's Private Party at her empowering HBAC (home birth after cesarean). I fell in love with the lyrics:
I’m havin' a private party
Ain’t no body here but me, my angels, and my guitar singin’ baby look how far we’ve come here
I’m havin’ a private party
Learning how to love me
Celebrating the woman I’ve become

Then there's Exactly by Amy Steinberg. I can't tell you how many times these words have helped me stay calm during stressful times:
i am exactly where i need to be
i need to be exactly where i am
i am surrendering so willingly
to be the perfect me inside this now
and truly how else could it be
destiny she blesses me

A beautiful midwife I know posted a cool song on her blog by Jill Scott called Hate on Me. I love her confidence and attitude when she sings:
Hate on me, hater
Now or later
‘Coz I’m gonna do me
You’ll be mad, baby
Go ‘head and hate
Go ‘head and hate on me, hate on
‘Coz I’m not afraid of it
What I got I paid for
You can hate on me

There's also Just Fine by Mary J Blige. There's no way you can be in a bad mood when you're singing along to:
No time for moping around, are you kidding?
And no time for negative vibes, cause I'm winning
It's been a long week, I put in my hardest
Gonna live my life, feels so good to get it right

Then there's a song by the Brazilian Girls which my Jane and the lovely MB introduced me to. It's a song that just makes me feel good (and laugh). I can't really post any of the lyrics, just in case my mom is reading.

So my friends, what songs brighten up your day, make you feel strong and powerful, or simply make you want to shake what yo' mama gave ya?


Jane_hates_Dick said...

Like A Feather, by Nikka Costa.

I'm coming out of my wishing well
Where only echoes lonely hear my prayers
I'm coming around to bend cause my resistance been too persistent
I've come too far to force it so I'll watch it slide and land
I could come on strong and willful but
I'd rather watch it fall into the palm of my hand

And when I set it free like a feather it will be
And when I rise to see it done like whatever it will be it will be

I'm taking a breather baby
From sitting on pins waiting for my sky to fall
I'm taking up giving in
So here's the wheel, I'm putting my feet up
Take another look at me baby
Today I'm taking on catastrophe
I'd rather take it easy
Then try to force what's on its way to me

And when I set it free like a feather it will be
And when I rise to see it done like whatever it will be it will be

We're only afraid if we pull back the blinds too far
The lights behind that we free will blind other stars
But the truth doesn't blind it helps to see far
so get ready to be
Who you are

Doulala said...

Love it!!! On the list it goes!

Mere Mortal said...

Sexual Revolution by Macy Gray
Jump Up by Dan Zanes
La vie Boehme!, of course Rent

Karen said...

I Am Woman by Helen Reddy, duh.

More Bounce To The Ounce by Zapp (but I am also a Brick House.

Honest Lullaby by Joan Baez

My Way the Elvis version, of course

You're Aging Well by Dar Williams

There Are Worse Things I Could Do by Rizzo...was more of my High School theme song, but not for what I was, but what I wanted to be...I totally wanted to be the High School slut, but hanging out with only gay guys made that very difficult.

Suddenly, Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors...reminds me of my suddenly Alan who showed up to tell me that I deserved better when I had just broken up with a guy that thought he deserved better

Lady Madonna, Help, Here Comes The Sun, & Norwegian Wood by The Beatles

Peel Me A Grape by Diana Krall

It was Hot Stuff by Donna Summer but now it's more like This Time I Know It's For Real (Well, sometimes it's still Hot Stuff)

Circle of Life by Elton John

Goin' Nowhere by Chris Isaak (except that I did end up going somewhere--who'da thunk it?)

Harper Valley PTA--I love songs about wayward women but even more since I was a wayward PTA Vice-Prez.

Oh, so many more....

Anonymous said...

I have so many, and they change daily.

jolene by Dolly Parton

A song by Alexi Murdock whand my ich I can't remember the name but starts out with:....I had a dream...that I stood beneath an orange sky...and my sister was right by my side..."

Ali Baba, A dub version of the John Holt original.

More than words, it's sounds, the bass and the beat and the reverb and the echo.

damn, i love music.


Karen said...

I'm going to have to think about this. I'm redoing my music, but it's not necessarily inspirational. I'm more of a, "you know, that song . . . that one that goes 'da da dum'" kind of person.

I tagged you to write a 6 word memoir. Let's see it!

Michelle said...

I LOVE Jolene MB!!
Also, HallelujaH by Jeff Buckley
I have always identified though with Into the mystic by Van Morrison and Everything by Ben Harper and Danny's Song by Kenny Loggins.
TAG! Your it...

See you on Tuesday?

mb said...

are you even gonna write again> give me the juicy details NOW>