May 17

Musical Musings: parents, siblings, and childhood



This month’s musical musings post focuses on things that remind me of my parents, siblings, and childhood. Being the obsessive music person that I am, this list will undoubtedly be damn long. Because music is an integral part of my life, and I use it as a reference point for pretty much everything in my life. My playlists have playlists, and everything has meaning. Either the words remind me of someone/something, or the song was playing during a certain event and it’s been forever linked in my mind that way.



Travis Tritt – “Anymore”  When I was in… I think it was 3rd or 4th grade (somewhere around there), we moved to Humble, Texas and lived in the cutest little townhouse (actually, it could’ve been a shithole now that I think about it – I was young, so what did I know about real estate?) and we got MTV for the first time. We still listened to the radio more often than not, and “Anymore” was my mom’s favorite song. I remember her playing it over and over again, standing in the kitchen or the dining room singing along with the cassette tape (yes, I’m old enough to remember those).

Peter Frampton – “Show me the way” and “Baby I love your way” My mom was in love with Peter Frampton when she was growing up. She and her friends used to write letters to each other and send them in the mail with “Mrs. Peter Frampton” and “Mrs. Donny Osmond” on them. Adorable. Anyway, both of these songs have been my mom’s ring tone at one point.

Anything from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack – Yes, the BeeGees/Peter Frampton movie. She obviously loved it because Peter Frampton was in it, but honestly, who doesn’t love the Beatles’ music? To this day, I can’t hear any of those songs without thinking of the movie. And I need to introduce my own daughter to the awesomely bad musical/movie. :)

Brad Paisley – “Rainin’ You” When I was in the Navy, my mom listened to Brad Paisley CDs pretty much non-stop. Specifically: this song. She was obsessed. I love the song too, and it actually inspired a short story (which can be found as a freebie on my site)

Darryl Worley – “I Miss My Friend” My mom re-wrote the lyrics to this song and sent them to me in a letter while I was in boot camp. I cried like a little girl when I got the letter, but it’s the song that played in my head when I ran battlestations (the final step in boot camp which marks your official move from ‘recruit’ to ‘sailor’) that reminded me that my mommy (who is also my best friend) misses me and I couldn’t see her if I didn’t make it through. A couple years later, I met Darryl Worley when he was playing a concert at a place called Cowboys in San Antonio. I told him that, and he gave me a hug AND bought me a drink. So, thanks Mom. :)


Brad Paisley – “He Didn’t Have to Be” This is my stepdad’s ringtone. He’s been in my life since I was 12 years old, and married to my mom since I was 16. He’s still my friend, and he’s always been an amazing Dad to me.

Rush – “Tom Sawyer” Pretty much any Rush song reminds me of my stepdad. They’re his favorite band on the planet. Literally. Even though he can’t really speak after his stroke, he can still sing every word to every Rush song.

Shania Twain – “From this moment on” I sang this song at my parents’ wedding on June 5, 1999. I was so nervous that I’m pretty sure I hit a ton of flat notes, but seeing my mom so incredibly happy to marry this wonderful man… seeing how they smiled at each other… it was worth standing in front of hundreds of people and singing about their new lives together as husband and wife.

Biological Dad

George Strait – “Amarillo by Morning” My father is a musician, and this is one of the songs I used to hear him play when I went to see him as a kid. He still sings it sometimes on the phone with me. I will never hear this song without hearing my dad’s voice in the back of my mind, singing along.

Toby Keith –  ”Who’s that Man” My dad used to say this song resonated with him because he missed my twin and me, and he wanted his family back together. But he’s been happily married to my stepmom for almost 27 years (this June!) and they have two beautiful children together (seriously – my younger brother and sister are GORGEOUS).

Brooks & Dunn – “Hard Workin’ Man” My dad has busted his ass his entire life. He’s a construction manager at a big firm up in Dallas now and is doing pretty well for himself.


Actually… I’m sad to say that there really aren’t any songs that remind me of my stepmom. She and I were more about books than music. She introduced me to Shakespeare and Trixie Belden, and I still love talking about whatever book we’re reading at the time when we talk.


Chris (Twin) 

This list could go on forever, seeing as how we’ve known each other since we were wombmates (heh). A few years ago, when Chris was in AIT (Army speak for “the school you learn your trade in”) I made him a couple CDs I called “Remember When” and they were all songs that we listened to when we were kids/teenagers. We used to sing most of these on the bus on the way home from school. We were the last stop, so we had a lot of time to kill…

Brooks & Dunn – “Brand New Man”

Ahmad – “Back in the Day”

John Michael Montgomery – “Life’s a Dance”

All 4 One/John Michael Montgomery - “I can love you like that”

All 4 One – “I Swear” 

TLC – “Waterfalls”

Steven (23 year old)

Pokemon theme song *giggles* He’d hate that I put this on the list. But he doesn’t do social media, so there. Anyway, he used to fall asleep listening to the Pokemon soundtrack every night. On repeat. ETA: Crap. Yes he does. Though, he only does Twitter. So maybe he won’t see this one…

Andrew (16 year old)

Justin Bieber – “Baby” Actually, I’m pretty sure he’s always hated this song. But he’s still sporting the Bieber haircut that made all the little boys flip their hair to the side, so I can’t help but include a Beebs song for my sweet (seriously quiet) brother.

Katie (16 year old) 

Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hanging Tree” My sister was legitimately shocked that I’d never seen or read The Hunger Games when I went to visit them a couple years ago. Catching Fire had just been released, and she wanted to go see it with me. Except, I’d never seen Hunger Games. So, she pulled it up on whatever TV thing they have and made me sit down with her to watch it. And we went to the movies. And it. was. awesome.

Corey (14 year old)

Minecraft Soundtrack – My little brother is a gamer. I’m not sure what he’s playing now, because it’s been a few years since we’ve talked about anything beyond school and our parents (I admit, I’m not as close to him as I’d like to be), but the last time we talked about anything, it was Minecraft. Specifically: how awesome it is and how I need to let my kiddo play it. :)


Actually, this list pretty well covers my childhood. I mean, I could throw in some more 90s country/pop/r&B, 80s rock, disco (my mom is still a huge fan)… but I don’t think I’d ever stop adding songs. Seriously. Music is that big an element in my life that it’s pretty much everywhere all the time. The poor people in my apartment complex get to hear me sing every day. Any time I walk outside, I have my headphones in one ear and I’m singing whatever is playing. Yesterday, it was “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. Today, it’s “Home” by Michael Buble. Later, I’m sure it’ll be something by the cast of Glee, since Emma loves it so much.

That’s it for me today. Want to check out the other bloggers’ Musical Musings? Click the links below!

Bronwyn || Deelylah || Kris || Gwen


  1. Gwen Cease

    Trixie Belden!! I love those books! I still have all of them as well as my Nancy Drew. Thanks for reminding me of some of my fav books.

  2. Deelylah Mullin

    I am so with your mom on Peter Frampton and Sgt. Pepper. And your stepdad on Rush. And From this Moment? I used to sing that to Middle when she was an infant–it came out the year she was born. I sang it to Youngest, too. <3
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