Mar 30, 2012

Music for my Mood

I love music.

My iTunes library should prove that.  It is full of a completely random collection of genres and songs that one would never think could never belong on one person's collection.  It includes alternative, Celtic, Christian and Gospel, Latin, Classic Rock, Classical, Electronic, Rap, Oldies, Texas/Red Dirt and many others inbetween.

I often choose my music based on the mood I am currently in.  Even with all my options, I have days I can't place that mood and don't turn it on at all.  I can definitely feel that something is missing on those days. 

I have been feeling a bit melancholy lately.  That coupled with my father in law being in the forefront of my thoughts recently through life events (his partner's retirement party, one of my team member's mother passing from cancer, and finally getting the electrical polls run to the house he was building that will now be ours) I decided to listen to his playlist this morning.

We created this playlist before he passed.  When at the end of August he decided he was done fighting, my husband and our best friends went through our collections and put together a list of the songs that would bring him to life in our hearts when we heard it.  Dave even had some request for the list.  We used songs from this list when we created the slide show for his memorial service two months later.

This is what is making me smile through my mood this morning:

Cowboys and Sailor - Roger Creager
Going Up the Country - Canned Heat
Lavender Blue - Sammy Turner
In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
London Homesick Blues - Jerry Jeff Walker
I'm Alright - Kenny Loggins
Never Alone - Barlow Girl
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Will Hodge
Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground - Willie Nelson
Down to the River to Pray - Alison Kraus
Oh Yeah - Yello
Quarter to Three - Gary U.S. Bonds
A Pirate Looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffett
Prodigal Son's Prayer - Dierks Bently
Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Where the Boat Leave From - Zac Brown Band
Word of God Speak - Mercy Me

Mar 13, 2012

Bucket List

The last year or so has held a lot of lessons for me and my family.  Sometimes it seemed too many to take at once.  The most important of them all though was to embrace life and those you love while you have time.  My husband often says, "I don't want to look back at the end of my life and say, I was able to put a lot of money in the bank.  I want to say I had a f*&%ing blast!"  There are so many things that I want to do (or start doing again).  The things that tug at my heart when I think about them.  I think a bucket list is a living thing.  It changes as life progresses and priorities change.  But for now, these are the things on mine.

Bring my blog back to life
Run a half marathon

If that is successful - run a marathon

See the Northern Lights

Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Reunite with siblings raised by different parents

Go on a mission trip

Read the Bible

Start drawing again

Start sewing again

Make a Thanksgiving Dinner

Get a tattoo

New Years Eve in Times Square for Angelique's birthday

Learn to take good pictures

Finish College

Live on a boat

Do some stuff I have pinned on Pinterest

Take a spontaneous trip (I am a planner)

Watch my children fall in love

Watch my husband cry when he gives our daughter away

Hold my grandchildren