The Songs We Share with Someone Special #Troop8x #HTC8

With Valentine’s Day in just over a week, thoughts turn to love, to friendship, romance…family, friends…spouses.  All normal.  I don’t know about you but so many of the important people in my life are so intertwined with songs to me that I can’t hear the song without thinking of them, or see them without the song.  So lucky for you, I’m sharing a Playlist of my Loved Ones, so to speak…..

You may remember me sharing how “Because you loved me” is all for my dad.  It always will be.  I’m his voice now.  I have to be, because Alzheimer’s has robbed him of that.

me and dad

My friend Missy- Cabin 13 at Camp Nokomis- belting out “On My Own” from Les Mis…or …(sorry Missy) the song from Days of Our Lives…”We don’t have to be one or the other….”

Ann, my oldest friend- the B-52’s “Love Shack” will never ever not make me smile!

My mom- With mom, it’s anything Anne Murray, Josh Groban, or Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” which I know sounds like a weird mix but I’ll never hear those songs without thinking of her.  Many cry when they hear The Gambler, I just cry for a different reason….

Renee, my roommate freshman year of college- Gin Blossom’s “Two Princes” makes me smile every time I hear it!

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow  is so beautiful, so poignant, and brings me to tears each and every time I hear it.  It makes me think of my wonderful friends who have angel babies up in heaven- and I think of the love each inspired during their short times on earth- Emery Amelia, Jamie Lynn and Monir.

An old high school friend Mandy- “I Like Big Butts” is a song that makes me smile because I think of her.

It’s funny- I’m so sentimental, and so sappy, but not all of my songs are that mean the most!

I think maybe I should use some of these as ring tones for the people associated with them, don’t you?  What songs are on your “special someone” playlist?

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126 comments… add one
  • Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon

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  • I have “In your eyes” by Peter Gabriel for my hubby

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  • I share a song with my brother who died 5 years ago and my dad.

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  • The one song that I will always love is Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s .. “It’s Your Love” My boyfriend and I decided that was “our” song and I get so emotional every time I hear it :)

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  • dont really have a special song but i love to hear brian adams sing

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  • My fiance and I have tons of shared songs! My besties each have songs that remind me of them too! Making ringtones for ’em is a cute idea.

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  • “Summer Breeze” and my father.

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  • if you leave me now – Chicago

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  • I think of the song “Sailing” when I think of my lost friend Troy.

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  • One of my all time faves is Call Me by blondie. Sorry about your father’s alzheimers

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  • that is such a cute picture and a nice uplifting story!!

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  • I have so many songs thats remind me of various things, like dance with my father by luther vandross for my dad and my life by the beatles for my mom both of whom passed from lung cancer, I miss them always!

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  • I think the Big Butts song is hilarious. ‘Love Shack’ was a fun song.

    Brown-Eyed Girl by Van Robinson makes me think of my childhood. I used to listen to my grandfather’s records when I was younger and this was one of them.

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  • Our song was the theme from the Godfather movie – Speak Softly Love

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  • “I’m a Barbie Girl” always reminds me of one of my best friends from college. We used to always dance to that song. And since she had long, straight blonde hair, it always suited her perfectly. 😉

    “Elvira” by the Oak Ridge Boys will always remind me of my husband. Apparently he loved that song as a baby, and I can picture him as a baby/toddler jamming out to that song, singing along. The thought always makes me smile!

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  • I think so many different songs remind me of different times and places in my life. I love a variety of music for that reason.

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  • I will always love you makes me think of my friend who passed away.I miss him terribly.

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  • such a great pic. i love all the songs as well.

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  • I love all music but my favorites are usually Stevie Wonder, Supersticious

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  • That’s one of the reasons I love music. a song can take you back to a time and place. It can also help change your mood. Music is very important part of our lives.

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  • It’s funny how songs, sights, smells, and other things can trigger the brain to bring you back to certain memories. Every time I smell a fireplace, I think of my grandmother’s house because she always had one burning when I was little.

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  • My song is a song that me and my husband listened to constantly when we met at 20 years old by rebelution

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  • I like Billy Joel and Elton John songs.

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  • Keith Whitley’s song “When You Say Nothing At All” reminds me of my husband because he doesn’t talk much but I know what he is thinking!

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  • Go Rest High is the song that makes me think of my mom, and “That’s what the cowgirls do” which was the song they accidentally started at her funeral. She’d have laughed, our family has a weird sense of humor.
    Amazing Grace and Blue Christmas make me think of my grandmother. She sang those to me. One of my most treasured possessions is a tape of her singing.

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  • looks like fun! :)

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  • I just tried to listen “I Like Big Butts” and I loved it :-) Cool song! I also love the song “Love lifts us up where we belong”!
    Thank You for sharing!

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  • When I was in college, hotel California was my ringtone for my dad cause he loved that song….he passed away ten years ago now and I still get tears in my eyes whenever I hear the song….

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  • Butterfly Kisses- My dad says this song makes him cry and think about me. :)

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  • My Grandparents, I cry when I here I’ll be seeing you. There were both Career Army WW2 Veterans, my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s terribly, my grandfather Cancer. We made a movie of still photos & added the song. My husband, Leave your hat on, was one of the first songs I heard him sing at a gig, my oldest, Alive & Kicken, was very popular while expecting. Next son, River of dreams, I can still see him learning to walk & dancing still his fav. Song. Next son, anything Elvis. he has been a fan since a speech program. My LO Santana music, she just comes alive when it’s on.

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  • thank you for a chance to win!

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  • I’m horrible with coming up with things like this off the top of my head – I’ll have to make a few notes as I hear things about what they remind me of.

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  • i still get the goosebumps when i hear the song my now hubby and i sang/listened to in the car on our first date

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  • My kids love it when he sing head shoulder knees and toes to them in the bathtub. Always have a ton of giggles and that to me is super special.

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  • No, I just use the standard ring tones.

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  • i still smile when i hear i will survive cause i made it on a “tape” for my sister when she had a breakup

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  • Prince always reminds me of my mom, and ZZ Top for my dad.

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  • I think songs have a profound effects on our emotions from day to day life From the songs that makes us smaile and those that make us cry and remebering the moments from here and things from the past .I love music

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  • I have a lot of songs that reminds me of people i love, not just one. My grandmothe use to listen to old gospel music. My Dad to old Country Western music.. The music that reminds me of my husband is the 70’s music .

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  • Hmm, no special songs, I made some up to put the kids to sleep- they don’t like them now, because it makes them sleepy.

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  • I wish my husband and I had a song! After 10 years of marriage you’d think we would!

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  • I sing Little Wooden Head to my children and as I sing it to them I can hear my Mom singing it to me :)

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  • I also love your list!

    A rough time in my life…then when I had my daughter, nothing else mattered. I had the local radio station play Sweet Child O’ Mine just a few hours after she was born and I crank it up always now. She is 20 and she knows that is “her” song. So many songs bring me right back to the where and when I heard them…Any song from Bread when I was a teenager. So many of the fun 80’s songs when I was raising my older kids, and LOVE shack is special to me too because I called the radio station for a contest at the RIGHT time and won $1000! It might as well have been a million! I was a poor divorced mom of 3, used most of that money for bills but kept out a few hundred to go see my dad down in Texas. I treasure that time as he is gone now. That song made me able to create those memories. I Swear…the song that became our wedding song when my husband and I married. So many that I connect with other people.
    I’d be lost without music. It now ties me to my kids as they grow as it is a big part of our connection, especially when kids are teens. It’ funny out of 6 kids they all have their own favorite style of music they listen to. My 13 year old loves the 60’s through 90’s a lot. That is fun to share all of MY old music with her!

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  • How awesome of a idea and looks like fun

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  • Gail DonAvan – “Who I Am”

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  • It is amazing how a song can take you back to a different place and a different time:)

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  • “Dare You To Move” by Switchfoot reminds me of my best friend. :)

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  • i don’t usually listen to songs.

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  • I love Somewhere over the Rainbow also! My sister lost a baby and my brother lost 2, so it has special meaning for me!!

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  • “Hello” by Lionel Ricci. My husbands mother had it as her wedding song and he has always thought it was the most romantic song he ever heard so when he sings it to me I know it comes from the heart.

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  • Aw, what a really sweet post. I can’t think of any song off hand myself.

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  • My Mother always sand Silver Bells during Christmas- it was her favorite it will always remind me of her.

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  • Somewhere over the Rainbow reminds me of when i was in kindergarten!

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  • ‘you are my sunshine’ reminds me of my son

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  • i cant think of any songs that remind me of my mother, i should since i took care of her for over 12 yrs. my mother used to sing old songs but i cant remember any that she used to sing

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  • Anytime I hear the music from Star Wars it reminds me of my husband who still likes the movies, but used to be annoyingly OBSESSED with Star Wars!

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  • thats so wonderful…

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  • You guys are so adorable.

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  • My grandmother use to sing old gospel songs and they always remind me of her.

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  • Oddly Guns n Roses reminds me of my mom!

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  • My husband doesn’t have any songs. I like Moon River and Gettin to know you.

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  • My husband and I have a few songs but my favorite for us is In Spite of Ourselves by John Prine…describes us perfectly ..the song goes “In spite of ourselves we’ll end of living on a rainbow, Against all odds we’re the big door prize”
    My kids I and I have Hotel Yorba by the White Stripes ..when they were smaller I had to play it over and over again when we were driving.

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  • love Train Drops of Jupiter for my sister in law who passed at 42

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  • Oh my goodness, there are SO MANY songs that remind me of someone or event in my life. It would be crazy to try and list them all. Paul Stukey’s ” Wedding Song” reminds me of the day I married my husband. :) “Grow Old Along With Me” sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter takes me back to my 25th anniversary vow renewal and party. Rod Stewart’s Forever Young” reminds me of my eldest daughter. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack makes me remember my middle daughter’s graduation and leaving home for college. And I will forever think of my youngest when I hear “You Are My Sunshine” . I sang it to her all the time when she was a baby and toddler. She sang it to me too! Anthything Aerosmith, Boston, or Fleetwood Mac takes me back to highschool. I could go on and on and on….

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  • Elton John songs always remind me of my mother

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  • I like that you have specific songs for the people that are in your lives. I have never thought about this, but I am going to look up some songs that I believe is asssociated with my sister and Dad and she what I can come up with this Valentine’s Day. My Dad has dementia and he loves music!

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  • Moon River always reminds me of my mother and father I remember them dancing to that when I was a little girl

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  • I always think of Queen and Crystal Gayle for my mom, the Steve Miller Band’s “Take the Money and Run” for my dad and anything by Eddie Arnold for my Grandpa. My son’s favorite song is Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and I can’t hear it without thinking of him.

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  • Such a cute idea for songs for specific people. I love somewhere over the rainbow! :)

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  • I agree that Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow is beautiful. I added it as background music to a video I made of my first borns life from birth to 2 years… it was a tear jerker!

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  • I walked up the aisle to Michael Buble’s “That’s All.” Whenever my husband and I hear it we always share a moment no matter who we are with are where we are. It could be as simple as a hand squeeze or just a look and smile, sometimes a kiss, but it’s always a happy memory.

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  • Hubz’ and my song is Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart for a While.” I think if I needed to identifiy my son with music it would be “Voodoo Child” :)

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  • Those are great songs you have chosen. Very sweet song for your father. My husband is still here and whenever I hear a Beatles song it always reminds me of him!

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  • For my husband it’s As long as you love me, for my kids it’s Baby Mine, For my Dad it’s the Gambler, and my mom gets a movie (not a song) she get’s Mommy Dearest!

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  • I have a few that makes me think of friends. I don’t know the name of this one song but my old neighbor/friend who just passed 1/2 year ago, one day played a song over and over and over again for the entire day as they had a party outdoors. I heard that song the entire day so when it comes on now, I always think of her.

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  • The Wind Beneath My Wings reminds me of my girlfriend. If it wasn’t for her standing by me in the worst of times I don’t know where I’d be today.

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  • From this moment always gets to me…one of our wedding songs.

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  • I’d like Unforgettable for a ring tone from my husband. It was the song we danced to after becoming engaged. =)

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  • Ice Ice Baby always reminds me of high school. They used to play it at every school dance.

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  • I think i like big butts

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  • through the years by kenny rodger’s is mine and my grandma’s song we are both born 7/11 tooooo and so is my hubby and our first out of four born sons

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  • When I hear “Red White & Blue” by Lynyrd Skynyrd I think of my Dad and “I Got You” by Leona Lewis makes me think of my twin sissy.

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  • i have always liked the song I swear. Any lovey dovey song makes me think of my husband.

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  • I’m Your’s has always had special meaning to me and my husband.

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  • “I will fix you” by Coldplay. love it!!

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  • Everytime I hear the song Wind Beneath my Wing, I can’t help but think of my Grandmother who raised myself and two brothers after my mother died when I was four! She passed away from Alzhiemer’s back in 1982. I sure miss her!

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  • Sunshine lollipops and roses by leslie gore alwys make me feel wonderful

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  • I use to have songs that remind me of people but then when you hear those songs later one sometimes they don’t have the same meaning to you or it ruins a perfectly good song :(

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  • Oh my “I Like Big Butts” I remember that. Too funny. Music has an incredible way of moving us. We cry at movies because of the songs. We cry when we might not because music invigorates our emotions. I tested this once on a scary movie by muting the tv…I seriously was no longer scared. It’s so weird what music does to us. Very cool though.

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  • Journey’s “Faithfully” makes me think of my horrible ex-husband of 32 years. It still makes me cry a tear or two even tho I divorced him 4 years ago. :(

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  • “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan…reminds me of my gram.

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  • How awesome is this! So many creative comments!

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  • Handel’s ‘Messiah’, no matter what part or how long the clip is, etc., instantly makes me think of my husband.

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  • My husband and I’s wedding song was “Always and Forever” by Shania Twain. Every time I hear that song it makes me think of our special day. 11 years later, and I still feel the exact same so I guess we picked the right song. When I listen to music its like I can translate my mood to fit that song. So when I’m feeling sad I like to listen to sad music to help me get out the sadness lol.

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  • i like the song i’ll be there for you by method man and mary j. blige it is a little different than your normal love song.

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  • I always remember my dad when I hear Kenny Rodgers.

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  • My husband and I have “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane on all of our playlists!

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  • “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz always reminds me of my husband. It’s ‘our song’. :)

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  • Salt N Peppa reminds my of my sister every time!

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  • Hubby and I had an “old school” song for our first dance after our wedding. Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.. So romantic. I melt every time he plays it for me. lol :)

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  • I love listening to music but I’ve only related it to my moods… Lol i do love listening to certain artist that remind me of my mother or fathers favorites songs..

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  • What a great idea!! My friends and I use to love “I like Big Butts.” We knew every word to that song!

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  • My husband always tells me that when he listens to old R&B music, he think of me. He attempts to sing to me sometimes too. Thanks for reminding me of that.

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  • Just recently there was some drama between Glee and singer because of the “i like big Butts” remake, did you know about this? Just reading this post got the song stuck in my head again! I have the Ben Folds song for wifey as a ring tone because i sand that to her at our wedding!

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    • I didn’t know that about Glee!! That’s funny! Now it’s in my head again too

      So sweet you sang to her at your wedding

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  • I love music. I don’t take for granted what the lyrics say because I like to sing along and I want to know what emotion the artist is trying to elicit. It’s hard to listen without thinking of friends or family.

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  • There are some songs that remind me of some people.

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  • Yes!!!! I have songs for a lot of my friends and family too. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who does this. :)

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  • “Grow Old Along with me” by Mary Chapin Carpenter— I sang this song for my husband at our wedding. :)

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  • My grandfather use to listen to country music and while I never cared for it, shortly after his death I wandered into a store at the mall and the song that was playing was by Patsy Cline. It was someone my grandfather adored and while I cannot remember the name of the song (as I hum it in my head) I knew the tune well. It made me start sobbing. The poor woman in the store was beside herself trying to console me. I imagine she thought something horrible had happened, but when I told her that the song brought back memories of my grandfather she just hugged me and nodded in empathy.

    As for my mom, all Christmas songs evoke so many memories of my mother. There really isn’t one specific one. She liked them all and so during Christmas I love to hate to hear Christmas music because it reminds me so much of my mom. I miss her dearly. .

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  • I have to say I am not that into music so I don’t associate too many songs with people…but your list is really funny and sweet!! Loved the Somewhere over the Rainbow and totally agree that song makes me cry!

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  • I don’t have any special songs set on my playlist or as ring tones, but I’d love to add some. I know when I heard some songs I remember a certain activity or person that was around when I first heard it. I love how music brings back great memories.

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  • Oh my gosh the Love Shack song used to drive me nuts!

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  • Who was Mandy with the big caboose? No one comes to mind…

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    • Well, Bryan…she wasn’t in our class. 😉 And I don’t think she HAD a big caboose.

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  • Funny, Two Princes was our Freshmen year song too. We must be the same age.

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  • Embarrassingly enough, I have NO clue how to put songs on my phone as ringtones! LOL! I have worked with many with Alz….what a tough thing to deal with…glad your Dad has an advocate!

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  • I’ll always remember my sweet mother singing, “Bushel and a Peck to me” as a child.

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  • Mine for my husband is love shack.

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  • Yay! Love this post!

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  • Great post. Thank you.

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  • I have been looking for good songs lately – thanks for this!

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  • My ring tone for hubby is “I’m gonna love you always. Even on the not so sunny days. In the good. And the bad. Baby I still do! Always only you!”

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    • I LOVE that!!

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  • Hmmm… I think of my hubby whenever I hear You’re my inspiration by Chicago. :)

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    • Now that’s in MY head! What happened to Peter Cetera, anyway?

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