Music for the Soul

2010 Songs of My Life

Here are the songs of 2010 – they have various meanings but that got me through each month of the year and through each day of the month and through moments in life.

January 2010
Dance in the Dark by Lady Gaga
Nobody from Nowhere by Jimmy Buffett
Wings by Jimmy Buffett
Life Short Call Now by Jimmy Buffett
Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars
Always All Way (Apologies, Glances, & Messed Up Chances) by Lostprophets
You’re My Star by Stereophonics
Savior by Rise Against
Undisclosed Desires by Muse
Mountain Man by Crash Kings

February 2010
War by Sick Puppies
Scared to Death by H.I.M
Cry Wolf by Cavo
Shatter Me with Hope by H.I.M
Follow the Leader by Matthew Ryan

March 2010
Only Time Will Tell by Jimmy Buffett
Why the Things We Do by Jimmy Buffett
Monster by Skillet
Gold Guns Girls by Metric
Hurricane by needtobreathe
At the Bottom by Brand New
Animal by Neon Trees
A Beautiful Mess by Jason Mraz
I’ll Be Your Man by The Black Keys

April 2010
Felicia by the Constellations
Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons
Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons

May 2010
– Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
– Love Left to Lose – Sons of Sylvia
– G-Get Up and Dance – Faber Drive
– She Won’t Be Lonely Long – Clay Walker
– Your Own Disaster – Taking Back Sunday
– It Happens – Sugarland
– Feeling Good – Nina Simone
– Winter Passing – Taking Back Sunday
– Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong – Martina McBride
– Love Dog – TV on the Radio
– Sugar Town – Zooey Deschanel
– Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
– American Honey – Lady Antebellum (This song reminds me of my Mom and my niece Riley. No real reason why but I see them when I see the lyrics come to life in my head)
– If You Were Here – Poe (This song is to Poe’s father and a conversation between father & daughter. When it popped up on my iTunes on May 6th, I sobbed like a baby but believe the closure started on that night.)
A New Beginning – 26 (I had just written my post “Letting Go” and sent a tweet out. An author I follow had tweeted about this song. I clicked on the link & this song was everything I needed. I had let go and now I was about to have a new beginning…

June 2010
– Calendar & Clocks by Gareth Asher
I’ve loved Gareth’s voice ever since I heard him in Illbreak. There’s just something very old, wise, and soulful about his voice. His new CD has a ton of great songs but this song is on an EP and is a gem. Lyrically beautiful and musically stunning. I just love the lyrics “If it’s the wrong way baby. Maybe, it’s the right time. If you can hear me lady, lover you’d be mine.”
– Ricochet by Shiny Toy Guns
This is a song that got stuck in my head nightly for weeks. I’d find myself singing as I stared at the ceiling trying to sleep. I’ve always liked this song. I like the way that Chad & Sisely’s voice compliment each other. And seriously, they use the word mesocyclone in the lyrics!
– Elastic Love by Christina Aguilera
I’ve always that Christina or Xtina could sing. I’m not a music snob and will admit talent. So I gave her new CD a listen and was well pleased. This is by far my favorite track and I like it because it’s fun. Lyrically, musically, & vocally it’s a fun song.
– Nothing by Miggs
I’ve seen Miggs live several times & it’s always great. I was able to catch the band live in early June and found myself singing the lyrics “Just for the record the weather today is pretty damn cloudy with a little burst of pain,” for two days before the show. I just like the way those words paint a picture in my head. The lyrics also described a day where everything seemed to fail me but you just knock the dust off your boots or in my case flip flops and keep on trucking.
– August Summer Dress by Matthew Ryan
I adore Matthew Ryan. His voice has a hold on me and I am listening intently to it, his lyrics, his music. This song popped into the iTunes shuffle and as I listened to it, this movie played out in my head. His music has a way of coming to life through speakers if you listen.
– Six Feet Above by Evan Watson & The Headless Horsemen
My friend Krissie does a mix of songs for every season and this is from her Summer Mix. I finally had the chance to listen to this mix on my way to Asheville on June 24th and it ended up being the soundtrack of the day. There were a lot of good songs but 2 stood out and this one was one of them. I really dig Evan’s voice and looking at a picture of him his face doesn’t match his voice but I really like the way his haunts the song. The song also rung a bell with me with the title & the lyric “I guess it’s bad just to set you free.” And the moment I heard that line, I looked up at the blue skies and knew that my mom was smiling down on me. She might have left this world but I only have to look up to see her.
– Waiting for My Real Life to Begin by Colin Hay
The 2nd song that is from Krissie’s mix. This song brought tears to my eyes as I listened to it. It was another epiphany song and I felt like it was my mom singing to me…”Be still, my love. Open up your heart. Let the light shine in.”
As Krissie said in her song notes “Live your life. Every day. Your life is happening now…”

July 2010
– Sell My Soul by Our Lady Peace
Hearing that song at the beginning of the month, I just realized lyrically what a great song it was. Hearing it now at the end of the month, it sometimes feel like I have sold my soul.
– Am I Still On by 1969
Again, a song that meant something different from the 1st of July than at the end of July. This month seemed like just rolling through the motions without being on.
– Wildflowers by Jimmy Buffett (Tom Petty cover)
Because I do as the song says, “You belong among the wildflowers. You belong in a boat out at sea. Sail away, kill off the hours. You belong somewhere you feel free.”
– According to You by Orianthi
I heard this song in my car & I just thought it was a fun pop song.
– Lovely Day by Donavon Frankenreiter
I just like Donavon. He puts me in that relaxed, island state of mind, like Jimmy Buffett does. This song was one of those that reminded me of the mantra “today is going to be the best day of my life.”
– Latitude by Evan Watson
Discovered this singer from my friend Krissie. Again, it’s just a reminder that sometimes, no matter how bad the day is, a little change in latitude can change your attitude.
– Next Life by Crash Karma
1st of 4 songs from this band that made the July playlist. Vocally, I love this band. I just dig Edwin’s voice and have been a fan of his since I Mother Earth. This song is that dream we all have…in my next life, I wish for this, I want that, etc.
– Live a Little by Crash Karma
2nd of 4 songs. Check them out @ Crash Karma – this lyric says it all “Life doesn’t always go to plan. I’m doing the best I can. So live a little.”
– Energy by Crash Karma
3rd of 4 songs. When I first listened to this song lyrically, I thought of my oldest niece. This is a song I would print the lyrics out to and give her as a reminder that her life is in the palm of her hands. Just “let the light within you shine.” It also became a song I played when I felt the light within me fading.
– Fight by Crash Karma
Last of the 4 songs by this band. Again, lyrically, song reached me to fight for something that I wanted, something that made me feel.
– Boston by Augustana
I’ve seen this band play several times and I just adore them. This song just reminds me that I often hide myself behind a facade and that if I keep people away from the real me, that I am exactly as the lyrics say “you don’t know me and you don’t even care.” This song reminds me to let people in.
– Dust by Augustana
I just love this song. And the lyric “I believe in the lord, but he don’t show up anymore” is something I feel. I’ve lost faith not in people but a higher being, God, Buddha, whatever since my mom past away. I’ve always had faith in something bigger than what we are, and I hope to find that again someday.
– Where the Boat Leaves From by Zac Brown Band
I first heard this song on Jimmy Buffett’s Concert for the Gulf Coast. Jimmy is the one drug that makes my soul feel free. This song made me ache for the ocean and made me like this band. “So get away to where the boat leaves from. It takes away all of your big problems. You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean, but you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from.”
– Bad Romance by 30 Seconds to Mars (Lady Gaga cover)
There’s probably a 100 covers of this song, and this version, gave me cold chills. It walk the fine line of stalker vs being in love. A little sexy, a little dangerous, a little dirty, a little too much of good thing and way too much of a bad thing

August 2010
Moment of Surrender by U2
Awake by Crash Karma
Brand New Day by Ryan Star
Right Now by Ryan Star
Breathe by Ryan Star
This Could be the Year by Ryan Star
Closer to Love by Mat Kearney
Expression by Salt-n-Pepa
Supersonic by JJ Fad
It Takes Two by Rob Base
Bust a Move by Young MC
Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte
Don’t You Think Someone Should Take You Home by Butch Walker

September 2010
Teardrop by Civil Twilight (Massive Attack Cover)
You Belong to Me by Butch Walker (Taylor Swift Cover)

October 2010
Impossible by Anberlin

November 2010
Waking Up the Devil by Hinder
Never by Saving Abel
Turn It On by Default
Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Magic Hour Remix) by U2
Take Me (As You Found Me) by Anberlin
The King of Wishful Thinking by Go West

December 2010
Stardust Universe by Jakob Dylan
The Wino & I Know by Jimmy Buffett
Let it Ride by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Waidmanns Heil by Rammstein
Rolling in the Deep by Adele
All You Need is Now by Duran Duran

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