There are so many songs that trigger memories in my life. As much as I’d like to admit that the title music to Star Wars makes me think of the movies, it actually reminds me of driving through Chicago in the middle of the night on my way from Minneapolis to Detroit. My college roommate and I created our own mixtape and made sure that one of the sides began with the Main Title by John Williams. We’d start that song as we entered the express lanes near downtown and pass as many cars as we could at an unmentionable speed. It was a thrill ride that got my adrenaline pumping and was probably the closest I could get to zipping through the Star Wars galaxy.
When a girlfriend from high school moved to the other side of the state, I thought there might still be a chance to continue a long distance relationship. After driving over three hours and spending time at her family’s home it became apparent that we were through. I popped in The Prayer Chain on the ride home and lost it on the chorus of Fifty-Eight, “Why won’t you love me? Why won’t you hold me?” My tears kept me from watching my speed and I was pulled over. My red eyes and bottle of Excedrin prompted a drug search by the two officers. At some point I think they realized I had been crying and let me go. That song is forever ruined.
When I hear Would? by Alice in Chains I remember a basketball tournament in high school. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) by US3 reminds me of teepeeing our principal’s yard and American Pie by Don McLean makes me think of my dishwashing job at Blossom Heath Banquet Hall.
The Soundtrack of my Life looks back on real experiences complemented by memorable songs… times of excitement, loss, anger, fear, joy, and doubt forever linked to specific tunes in our mind… all played out like a flashback in a movie. That’s how we remember our lives… but how will our lives be remembered by others? Ultimately the soundtrack of my life is the way I live, and the choices I make determine whether I’m memorable or forgettable. What impression are you making? What legacy are you leaving? Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best for you. You have one life, one chance… what’s your soundtrack going to be?