The list I shared yesterday definitely sparked some memories and made me wonder why these songs mean so much to me. 
For some of them, the answer was easy like "Remember When" by Alan Jackson was our wedding song.
"I Cross My Heart" by George Strait was the song I had the DJ play when I proposed to Mrs. Shife
"What About Now" by Daughtry helped me through the grieving process when I lost my mom.
"He Didn't Have to Be" by Brad Paisley reminds me so much of my dad becoming a part of our family after my mom and I were abandoned by my biological father.
"Letting You Go" by Jason Isbell is a reminder about being there for Hayden.
"Cats in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin lets me know that making time for Kyle is one of the most important things I need to do every day. 
For others, I still don't have a reasonable explanation. 
"It Must Be Love" by Roxette? 
If I had to guess, I think it is because I had a rather large crush on the lead singer. 

"Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce? 
I heard a lot of him growing up and I guess it just stuck.
I also didn't realize how much country I had in there. 
I wasn't a big fan but then I joined the Navy and the dudes I hung out with were all big country fans so I got hooked. 
And that lasted through college. 
Where I also developed a taste for heavy metal. 
Mostly Metallica and Pantera. 

My musical tastes are all over the place these days.
I usually only listen to music when I am at the gym and that is mostly a mix of death metal and red dirt country music.
Occasionally something new will catch my ear like Lewis Capaldi. 
It will also be interesting to see how much I am influenced by Kyle and Hayden's musical interests. 
So, yes, this was pretty boring but I was thinking about some of my choices when I was at the gym today. 
I also think my affinity for a few of these songs was helped by a lot of drinking while listening to them. 
Thanks for reading and I will talk to you tomorrow.

I will persevere.
I will keep moving forward.
I will be the stream.


  1. Here is Her Royal Highness the Cat's favourite heavy metal song (I like it too) --

    1. That is hilarious! Thanks for sharing, Debra :)

    2. Thank you, Debra.

  2. Kids definitely can influence what you will like in the future. I enjoy the Backstreet Boys, thanks to the Millenium CD constantly played in our 2000 Honda Odyssey! But we also influenced them; they all love Fleetwood Mac.

    I never knew you were in the Navy. I enjoyed learning more about you.

  3. Nothing you write is boring, Matt. I love knowing the background behind the songs. Most any John Denver song can make me weepy because he was my late husband's favorite so we had several of his songs at the memorial service, including a duet by our daughters. I wouldn't have called myself a fan but now I sort of am? I get most songs from my older daughter; we share more of the indie/rock vibe although she's much more into folk than I am. Right now I'm back into REM for some reason. :)

    1. Thanks, Margaret. I love a few John Denver songs as well as a few REM songs.

  4. "mostly a mix of death metal and red dirt country music."

    Now THAT'S an odd coupling!

    1. Indeed. Did you expect anything different?

  5. I have very eclectic musical taste and will listen to just about anything, but do have my favorite genres. I influenced my children and they did the same for me. And pretty much any song I hear has some memory attached to it.

  6. I've got a little Molly Hatchet Flirtin' with Disaster playing in the background now.

  7. I usually only listen to music in the car or when I'm writing, and when I'm writing it tends to be either classical or German or Spanish folk music, other wise I will stop and listen to the lyrics.

    1. It's intriguing to see what other people like, and why. Music is so interrelated with other times, places, and people; no wonder a piece of music or a song can bring back memories in an instant.

    2. I can get distracted my music easily too, Dave.

    3. Music is so stinking powerful.

  8. Lewis Capaldi is ace. If he weren't a singer-songwriter, then he'd do well as a comedian cuz he is funny as heck.

    1. Yes, he is. I saw him on the Graham Norton show and was in stitches.


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