I’ve been writing a lot of really heavy stuff lately on my blog, so I figured it was time for something a little more lighthearted. Music has always been very meaningful and evocative for me, so last night I decided to make a Spotify playlist that essentially takes a musical journey thought my relationship with my wife — songs that remind me of her or of specific times or events in our lives. So here goes nothin’…
“A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin
Kylee and I first met during college through Campus Crusade for Christ, and after our weekly meetings, everyone would hang out at Fuddrucker’s. Before we started dating, we first truly started to become friends when we sat next to each other at a little round table singing this Disney duet together.
“Smokin'” by Boston
This is the song that was playing on the car radio right after I dropped Kylee off at the end of our first date. I was really excited she had agreed to go out with me (even though, unbeknownst to me, she didn’t realize it was a date at the time), so I remember rolling down my windows and cranking up the volume as I drove back to my apartment.
“Good Morning, Beautiful” by Steve Holy
When we first starting dating, pretty much everyone still used AOL Instant Messenger all the time. I often greeted Kylee with these words at the beginning of our AIM conversations, and one day in response, she told me about this song. I didn’t really listen to country music at the time, but from then on, it always made me think of her.
“Here For the Party” by Gretchen Wilson
Kylee and I like to sing karaoke a lot, and this is one of her standards. It also reminds me of an incident in college when we were waiting in line at YCBY, and I was singing this song to myself. I mentioned how strange it was that the song was stuck in my head, and she looked at me like I was crazy, because it was actually playing over the store speakers at the time.
“It Is Well With My Soul” (traditional hymn)
The first “official” time Kylee and I sang together was at her great-grandfather’s funeral. We were still dating, and I had never met him (or her great-grandmother, for that matter) before, but we were asked to perform this song during the ceremony with me on the guitar. I’ll always remember the fact that her great-grandmother ended up sitting on my lap over at her house after the funeral.
“Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd
I guess this is probably the closest thing there is to “Our Song.” For a girl, Kylee isn’t very mushy or sentimental, but the lyrics seemed to mean something to her early on in our relationship, and it was the first song we danced to at our wedding reception.
“Surfer Girl” by the Beach Boys
I’ve always been a huge Beach Boys fan, and Kylee told me that her dad used to sing her to sleep with this song when she was a little girl. It was the song she and her dad danced to at our wedding, and it’s still her personalized ringtone on my cellphone.
“All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera
I think this is the first duet we ever sang together. Admittedly, I didn’t know that many duets at the time, but I’ve always known Broadway musicals. Neither one of us really has an “operatic” voice, but we gave it our best shot. It’s a great song, either way.
“Picture” by Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
Speaking of karaoke duets, we probably sang this song together far more often in those early years. I didn’t know many country songs yet (there are a lot of country duets), but I certainly knew this one. Of course, it also makes me think of all the other couples who end up horribly butchering it while drunk.
“Why Haven’t I Heard from You?” by Reba McEntire
Before we had kids, Kylee auditioned for this local Houston “Country Music Idol” competition thing at Sam Houston Racetrack. This is the song she performed during her first audition, and she actually made it through to the next round. She still sings it at karaoke sometimes.
“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Kylee’s dad plays guitar and sings in a classic rock cover band, and once in a while she gets to sing with them — even if it’s just during rehearsals. When she does, they usually pull out this classic ballad by Fleetwood Mac. She does a nice job with it.
“When Did Your Heart Go Missing?” by Rooney
When we first got together, Kylee and I didn’t really share a huge amount of popular musical interests. She listened almost exclusively to country, and I listened to… well, pretty much everything else except for hip-hop. But I played her my music in the car a lot, although with the exception of the classic rock, she didn’t usually get into much of it. The first album of mine I remember her really liking was Rooney’s Calling the World, from which this was the first single.
“You’re So Damn Hot” by OK Go
Once Kylee started listening to Rooney, that kinda opened the door to her for other indie and garage rock, including OK Go. Aside from the title perfectly describing her level of attractiveness, apparently she played this song for our two year old once, and he liked it a lot himself.
“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena
I kind of hate this song. But Kylee decided she wanted to sing in Spanish at the karaoke bar, so she practiced this one in the car a few times. Unfortunately for me, both of the kids loved it, and they (especially the little one) asked her to sing it over and over again.
“Faithfully” by Journey (Glee cast version)
Of all the duets we’re performed together, this is probably the one we’ve done the most frequently. Even though it obviously sung solo by Steve Perry in its original form, the Glee duet version is really quite good. Anyway, the DJ at the karaoke bar we go to a lot sometimes signs us up to sing it late at night without asking, just because he likes it.