I had another birthday yesterday (May 5), right on schedule. I spent most of the day writing papers and working on projects for school, but I got to do it while eating cake, so it was still an improved experience!
Anyways, for my past birthdays I’ve done posts with fun facts about myself, the things I want to do as I grow older, and the lessons I’ve learned throughout my life. They all sound very profound (though some are actually rather silly), so I wanted to shake it up a bit and do something that’s a little less words-focused. This is mostly because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how information and stories can be conveyed through other media like images and audio,
but also because I have two days before exams begin and there is so much to be done.
So this year, as I turn 21 and become an actual adult (so I’m told), I’m sharing 21 songs that have been important to me over the years. I might write a sentence or two for each one, but for the most part, I hope they’ll speak for themselves.
1) “Those Nights” – Skillet
Thanks for introducing me to music.
2) “(*Fin)” – Anberlin
I’m pretty sure I cried the first time I listened to this song.
3) “Dear X” – Disciple
Many good concert memories attached to this one.
4) “Dead Man” – Wolves At The Gate
Thanks for making me fall in love with metalcore.
5) “Beautiful Bride” – Flyleaf
6) “Be My Escape” – Relient K
Not every pop-punk song from the mid-2000s has aged well, but I think this one has.
7) “Impossible” – Lacey Sturm
Thank you for not giving up on your music.
8) “When Everything Means Nothing” – Fit For A King
The most recent song on this list – Thanks for being written when I needed you the most.
9) “Therapy” – Relient K
10) “Moment to Moment” – Children 18:3
11) “Definitely Maybe” – FM Static
Example of a song that really hasn’t aged well, but is still somehow catchy.
12) “Love In Your Arms” – Eleventyseven
I’m really glad my friends introduced me to your dorky music video many years ago.
13) “So I Thought” – Flyleaf
I still don’t know what this song really makes me feel, but it sounds beautiful.
14) “Oh The Depths” – Wolves At The Gate
“There is love, here is love, this is love, there is love!”
15) “Modern Age” – Anberlin
16) “If” – House of Heroes
17) “Shut Up And Dance” – Walk The Moon
Good memories attached to this one too.
18) “New Horizons” – Flyleaf
The end of an era. But what a way to end.
19) “War of Change” – Thousand Foot Krutch
20) “Meaningless Names” – Phinehas
“Hold fast to the hope of another day.”
21) “College Kids” – Relient K
The older I get, the funnier this song is.