Posted by: bourbonmama | 26/09/2008


I was inspired by this post to make my life’s soundtrack. There is no way I couldn’t limit it to 13 songs, though. Actually, if I had access to all the music that was running through my head, it would have to be something like a 5-disc box set. I did however narrow it down to 17. So, here it is, my life set to music….

1) At Last by Etta James –I’m sorry about the quality, but this is the best version. This song is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. This is the song that will be playing if/when I walk down the aisle. I know, cliche wedding song–whatever. The first time I ever heard this song, it was on a scratchy old record from my dad’s collection of blues and jazz. We would spend lazy summer evenings on the porch swing with those records and root beer floats watching the sun set. The best memories of my youth involve summer evenings, jazz, root beer floats, and the smell of cigars and Old Spice.

2) Hey Ladies by The Beastie Boys –My older brother introduced me to The Beastie Boys around 7 or 8, he was around 16. He was my hero, and the coolest guy I had ever met. He also introduced me to Run DMC, but I don’t have any of their music anymore (gasp!–don’t tell him, he’d disown me), but can still love them. This brings out my inner ghetto.

3) Light my Fire by The Doors — Let me preface by saying that Jim Morrison was the first crush I ever had. My mother waited a while to tell me that he’d died before I was ever born. When I was 16, I went on a 2 week tour of Europe with my high school, the shining moment was going to his grave in Paris. I lied down in it and kissed it, lit the candles, and left him a beaded necklace I had made that looked like the one he’s wearing here (which, let’s admit, is why I fell in love with him in the first place).

4) Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Nirvana –I loved Kurt Cobain. He was the sexiest grunge rocker ever. His angst riddled music was perfect for my teen years. It was hard to choose between this song and Lake of Fire, which is my actual favorite Nirvana song. I chose this song because it actually has a good story with it. I had a boyfriend, the first I ever thought I loved, and on our first real date, he sang this song to me. We were walking from the mall to the movie theatre, and there was this median full of pine trees. We went in there and had the most intense teen aged make out sessions while it started to snow. I know, it was HOT. Sorry if that was too much info.

5)My Name Is Mud by Primus — I love pretty much anything from Primus. I don’t know if it’s the drums or the bass guitar, or a combination of both, but it speaks to me. I don’t care what you say, Les Claypool is hot. I actually got to see them live, finally, about 10 years after I fell in love with their music, at Bonnaroo in ’04 with Philip. Better than that, it was the original band, Tim Alexander on drums. Once in a lifetime opportunity While Philip went down into the muddy mosh pit, he set me up on the media stand. I had the best view ever. Best show I’ve ever seen. I would have coughed up the $200 dollar/ticket again and again.

6) Don’t Speak by No Doubt — I hate Gwen Stefani, I think she has totally sold out. That being said, No Doubt is still one of my favorite bands. I spent about a month listening to this song and crying when the aforementioned boyfriend broke my heart. It still hurts a little to hear it.

7) Sugaree by The Greatful Dead — No cool story here, I just love The Dead and this is my favorite song. I saw them at Bonaroo, too, but without Jerry, it was just sad.

8) Summertime by Janis Joplin — Again, no cool story, I’m just a hippie at heart.

9) Dirt by Phish — I was introduced to Phish kinda late in the game, I didn’t discover this song until I was 20. I was recovering from a broken engagement. This song saved my heart.

10) Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band — This is just my favorite DMB song, and no playlist is complete without a little Dave, right?

11) Waiting For My Ruca by Sublime — I found Sublime when I was going through my skater phase. They put out some of the best music in the world. I still listen to them on an almost daily basis. This is one of 8 songs that I ended up doing enie-meanie-minie-mo to decide which one gets the spot.

12) No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley — There was this guy that I was totally in love with. I met him when I was 7. I carved our initials into an apple tree in my backyard. When I was 16, he finally noticed me. What can I say, it took me a while to grow into my hottness. He sang this song to me before he made feel like the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen.

13) Stepping Razor by Peter Tosh — I love this song because of the line “…you’d better watch my size, I’m dangerous…” Totally works for me.

14) Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers — I have LOVED Red Hot Chili Pepper since I was 13. Anthony Kedis has to be the sexiest man alive. This has become my favorite song of theirs. I even wrote a short story about the “young Kentucky girl in a push-up bra” about a year ago for a creative writing class.

15) Use Me by Bill Withers — the first time I ever heard this song, it was a local band playing it, Club Dub, they are one of the best band ever, go ahead listen to a few of their songs, then go listen to Willie Eames, their lead singer, he’s awesome, too. Every Tuesday night, they would have their “practice sessions” at a little bar known as High on Rose (it was on the corner of High and Rose). I went, faithfully, every Tuesday night. My roommate and I would dance all night, and became known as “The Dancing Nancies.” It was actually on one of these nights that I met Philip. It got to the point that when I walked into the bar, they’d play this song. It was MY SONG. About four years after I’d first heard it, I went to see them play, after a long hiatus, and yelled out, “Play ‘Use Me’!” To which Willie replied, “This song is for Caroline, it is originally by Bill Withers…” I never knew that I could enjoy it outside of that craped smokey bar! I’m a dork.

16) Orange Moon by Erykah Badu — This is my favorite Erykah Badu song. It is the song that I have had picked out for mine and Philip’s first dance if/when we get married. It is also the only song that could calm me down when I was in the throws of labor with Nate. Just beautiful.

17)Green Eyes by Erykah Badu — I couldn’t choose between this song and #16, so I chose both. Just listen to it, if you’ve never heard it, that is. Could you deny that on your life’s soundtrack?



  1. Uh, you forgot Master P.

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