15 Songs that define this Boomer’s life

A Musical Biography in Several Movements

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  1. I’ll Be Over You, Toto: Came out when I was in high school and describes the dramatics teenagers go through when it comes to relationships. This pretty song reminds me of the breakups that I thought I’d NEVER get over, that I’d “just die!!” because some guy left me … and here I am, 35-plus years later, still alive and kicking.
  2. Careless Whisper, Wham: I met an awesome man that year but unfortunately was seeing a “bad boy” who lived closer to me, so I had to decided to stay with him, rather than be with the awesome man. A mistake, yes, though not fatal; it was a big lesson I needed to learn.
  3. I’m Back on the Road Again, REO Speedwagon: Reminds me of the above-mentioned awesome man, because we still keep in touch. He comes to my neighborhood and eventually has to go back home, so this is his song: “I’ve loved you since the day I met you, and I’ll love you till the day I die. but we both know the life I’m livin’ …”
  4. Walkin’ On Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves: Makes me think of all the fun I had in college (when I went there the first time, right after high school), it’s so happy and upbeat you just can’t help but jam to it. It was for me a soundtrack to a lot of dumb things that young people often do.
  5. My Prerogative, Bobby Brown: From the late 80s and signifies my wish to be an individual who went her own way, spoke her mind, and made her own choices, for better or worse. Which is something we should all do.
  6. I Hate Myself For Loving You, Joan Jett: Probably my favorite song of hers, one that applies to a handful of men I’ve dated and had not-exactly-healthy relationships with said men. Live and learn, as they say.
  7. Wherever I May Roam, Metallica: Because I’m a wanderer who loves to travel, meet new people, see new places, and chart my own course.
  8. Wake Me Up Before You Go-go, Wham: Just because I love this song, love Wham, and love to dance. This song always makes me smile and usually gets me on my feet and shaking that booty.
  9. Closing Time, Sonic: Reminds me of my second wedding. It was (fittingly) one of the last songs of the night. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Love the lyrics.
  10. Here I Go Again, Whitesnake: “Like a drifter I was born to walk alone…” reminds me of my last divorce (from the second husband) after which I began what has now been a 19-year journey as a single mom.
  11. Sober, Pink: An awesome song and which came out in the six-and-a-half years during which I went alcohol free. “I’m safe, up high, no one can touch me. Why do I feel this party’s over?” Because sometimes we “wake up” and decide that it’s time.
  12. All About that Bass, Meghan Trainor: This one is self-explanatory. She says it’s obvious she’s not a size 2, and neither am I. But it’s ok, just rock what you got, girl. My kind of body-positive song!!
  13. Happy, Pharrell Williams: Because it’s a bouncy, peppy song that makes me happy — and of course it was used on Despicable Me (the Minions) which I totally adore also.
  14. Feelin’ Good As Hell, Lizzo: A great song by a wonderful artist about good friendships that comfort and lift each other up … as we all should. To my ears it’s a feel-good, affirming and “outspoken woman empowerment” song by a big, beautiful woman and I love it.

Experienced professional writer/freelancer and former newspaper reporter-turned-online writer/blogger. Thinker. “Old soul”, young hippie, empath.

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