The Soundtrack of My Life

the music that keeps me going…

For once I can touch…

what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true

For once in my life I won’t let sorrow hurt me
Not like it’s hurt me before
For once, I have something I know won’t desert me
I’m not alone anymore…


good morning tweeps! on my commute this AM this song came on my ipod and it just made me smile. Stevie’s music has that affect on me often. Today was the first time I really sat down and listened to the words of this song–well in a long time anyway.

“For Once in my Life” is a song that has been covered by many many artists, Stevie Wonder’s version was recorded in 1967, around the same time that The Temptations and Tony Bennett versions were released, and was placed on his 1968 album of the same title.

I am pretty sure this song is about romantic love, but I think you can interpret the lyrics to fit many different situations. When I think of touching my dreams, I don’t really think of that in the sense of ANOTHER person providing that outlet, but moreso the opportunities in my life that have made way for those dreams to come true, while being optimistic that more great things are coming. “for once I have something I know won’t desert me…” for me, that something is inner joy. Which totally supercedes fleeting happiness. I know I wrote about that in another post before…

For once, I can say, this is mine, you can’t take it
As long as I know I have love, I can make it
For once in my life, I have someone who needs me…

when I heard this verse I immediately thought of For Colored Girls and “someone almost walked away with all my stuff.” Don’t sue me, I only saw the movie recently but “this is mine, you can’t take it” really stirred something in me! I had to run that song back just because of that one line. Stevie was maybe talking about a new love and/or new confidence, but this song put a pep in my step and inspired me to have a great day; to be excited about the future.

“For once in my life” should not be taken literal since  great things and not so great things have happened more than once in our lives and as circular as life is–they certainly will again. And as far as having someone who needs me–ehh, well one day I’ll have those sweet syrupy butterflies again…but you can’t help but feel good and optimistic when hearing this song!

peep a live duet with Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder below. Very nice, but I prefer the upbeat version myself….

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Someday at Christmas

Hello!

I have been REALLY busy at work and since I’ll be traveling later this week I wanted to send my holiday well wishes to you now. If you didn’t know, I’m a Christian so Jesus is the reason for the season, to me. I’ve seen a few blog posts about favorite holiday songs and I’ve commented on those so I won’t do that here. I’ll just share with you one of my favorite holiday songs. And in true Reecie fashion it is pretty somber, but I tend to get reflective during these times. Just as my Thanksgiving post–I’ll keep it short and sweet. I hope everyone takes the time out to do whatever it is to bring you closer to those you love the most. You may not be a Jesus freak, and that’s okay…you may not believe in running up your credit cards buying all the latest toys, clothes, sneakers and gadgets either. I’m letting you know that’s REALLY okay–the season isn’t about debt. But it is about LOVE.

Remember that, be blessed. Merry Christmas.

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth…

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
All men are equal and no man has fears
One shining moment, my heart ran away
From our world today…

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oooh that’s my song!

now that’s usually what I say, aloud or in my mind when I hear “the jam”. The jam is the song that for whatever reason is the one that makes you get up off your butt acting saditty poo and go on to the dance floor and do your thing. its usually the song that makes you do a bit more than the 2 step special, this one makes you really cut a rug, sing at the top of your lungs and some whatever else is your steelo.

but this post isn’t about those songs necessarily. This post is about THEME SONGS. Every woman has a song that is her ANTHEM; now I’m not talking Irreplaceable or Singles Ladies, but I mean an anthem that when you hear it you think its played just.for.you.

This Yo Gotti character got girls thinking they are 5 Star Chicks and, while I think the concept is hood, that’s a good example.  One of my faves used to be “Bad Bitch” by Webbie. #dontjudgeme. I have my hood moments!! lmao


But seriously here is my list, finally. REECIE’S THEME SONGS:

“That girl thinks that she’s so fine
That soon she’ll have my mind
That girl thinks that she’s so smart
That soon she’ll have my heart…

That girl thinks that she’s so bad
She’ll change my tears from joy to sad
She says she keeps the upper hand
‘Cause she can please her man
She doesn’t use her love to make him weak
She uses love to keep him strong
And inside me there’s no room for doubt
That it won’t be too long”-
That Girl, Stevie Wonder. My #1 theme song…

There She Goes– Babyface: could just be the Neptunes beat, but when I heard this song I immediately put it on “the list”

Bad Girl-Usher: those that know me already knew this one. this is also one of my in the club “oooooooh shit!” songs. gotta get up and do my thing. Sing with me: “whatchall know about a, supermodel”

Bossy-Kelis: *hangs head* I know its cliche, but this really was my song!

Being a Girl-Van Hunt: “Every once-in-awhile you meet a chile, that drives you wild, with unmistakable, downtown style…she just can’t help being a girl, she just can’t help-her-self, full of spectacle and charm like nothing else. Being a girl…”

Booty -Erykah Badu: “your booty might be bigga, but I can still pull your nigga but I don’t want him…” this damn song! Badu made this one before she got thick wit it. lol

Queen Bitch-Lil Kim: I told y’all I have my moments. this song was IT in high school. of course I still know all the words.

Flashing Lights-Kanye West: I’m not really sure why, but it is. lol

Sexy Lady-UCB: ok my DMV folks and go go heads know this…“sexy lady, give me your number giirrrrlllll, sexy lady, I wanna rock your world”. ok. you can’t tell me he isn’t singing to me when this comes on. ” damn girl you sexy as you wanna be, that mean walk…”

The One -Cee Lo ft. TI & Jazze Pha: I have blogged about this song a couple times, but its seriously my MF’in jam. like I love this song so much I can’t even explain it.  First time I heard this I was in the club in St, Louis and everyone was putting their “ones” in the air and I was like, well alright! lol. had to come home and download it. I’ll just post my favorite lyrics because they just rock. lol

It’s our privilege, to have had this conversation
It’s our privilege, and to have had this relation
It’s our privilege, I been searching all evening
For somebody who can and finally sent me the one
It’s our privilege, to have made you laugh
It’s our privilege, and to have crossed your path
It’s our privilege, you’re the star yes you are
Can have your autograph cuz you lookin like THE ONE
It’s our privilege, to have seen your face
It’s our privilege, and I bet you taste so good, let’s get one thing understood
I’ll be good yes I would, especially for the one

^^ no, Cee-lo isnt’ fine but he’s singing that part to me. I promise. I imagine it as him singing on behalf of TI though. ;-p

Others mentioned on other blog posts have been Wanna Love you Girl, Prototype, She Got Her Own, Sometimes,  Muah, PYT, Be Happy…I mean, you know a good song when you hear it, right? I don’t really have or need a lot of people gas me up in life–because I gas myself. no harm in that is it? nope. *pats self on the back and keeps dancing*

“she’s the kinda girl you wanna marry, the kinda you  walk the whole earth for, put her on your back and just carry, her attitude is hotter than the earth’s core…”

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Do men have theme songs?! just curious…

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