March 22, 2013

Reliving Memories With Music

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Hey, everyone! I’m Michelle and I’m visiting The Dating Divas today to share a fun and romantic DIY gift for your sweetheart. First, a little about me: I’m married to a fantastic husband who is the inspiration for all of my romantic ideas! In the mornings, I run a preschool in my home, in the afternoons, I home-school my older kids, and in the evenings, well… that time is for my hubby and I’ll leave it at that-wink, wink. I’m very passionate about health, education, my faith, and most of all, having a happy marriage. I’m so excited to be able to pop in every now and then and share some ideas with you; I hope they help spark a little fun in your love life!

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What is it about music that makes time stand still, that instantly brings us back to a memory, that can effortlessly magnify emotion? I’m not a huge music buff but there are a few certain songs that give me a chance to relive moments from the past. To chronicle the timeline of our relationship, I made a “Playlist of Our Life” for my husband and snuck into his car CD player. Some of the songs explained ways I felt about him at certain points while others were songs that were actually on while a memory was being made. Every time I listen to this CD it makes me feel so grateful and blessed to have such a beautiful love story. I’ll give you a few examples from our CD to get your creative juices flowing! (Don’t hate me if you aren’t a country fan!) 

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Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square: This was SOO our first date, knowing it was going to happen and that we both wanted to do it but nervous and waiting for the right moment. 

I Got A Feelin’ by Billy Currington: This song was on the radio one day as we were headed out on a date and he was singing it to me and blushing and I knew he wanted to say “I love you” but wasn’t quite ready. Just the way he looked at me while he was singing said it all. 

Whatever It Is by The Zac Brown Band: I randomly asked him one day while we were dating what song he thought reminded him of me and this was his answer. I had never heard it and had to look it up online when I got home. Loved the part that says, “She’s gonna be my wife…” 

Give It To Me by Jason Blaine: This song just reminds me of how he treats me, ready to take on my stress and troubles, and how he is endlessly patient when I’m in a bad mood. 

Love Don’t Run by Steve Holy: This is one that he just started singing one day while he was doing the dishes. I later heard it on the radio and it just really spoke to me about his commitment to love and to us. No matter how hard things get, (and we have had some really difficult trials to endure) he’s still here loving me and I know he always will be.

Remember When by Alan Jackson: The music of this song is just so sweet and calming, and the words make me think about us in the future, looking back on the life we’ve lived and the love we’ve had. 

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What songs tell the story of your life? I’d love to hear about the tunes that spark memories for you and I’ll bet your spouse would love to be surprised with a playlist of your life and love together! Make it cute by creating a CD label with your pictures or romantic words and include a note that explains what the inspiration was for each of your song choices. Stumped for ideas? Make a date out of it by sitting down with a pile of CDs (or in front of your iTunes account if you’re all about digital) and spend the evening reliving the memories together while you choose the songs that remind you of special times in your life. If you still need some inspiration, look up the number one hit on a certain date in history and make a playlist out of the hit from your first date, first kiss, wedding night, kids birthdays or any other significant days from your relationship. 

Don’t have the software or know-how to make a CD label? I’d love to help out 2 lucky readers that would like a custom CD label made for their playlist. I can add your pictures, a monogram and date, a love quote, or whatever you’d like, and shipping is on me! 

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26 Responses to “Reliving Memories With Music”

  1. Kyrsten says:

    Was just working on something like this for an Easter box for my fiancee – He’s overseas in Afghanistan and I wanted to add something special [: Love this so much!

  2. Julie Julie says:

    Michelle, I love the list of songs you have and all the memories you have from them:) I think this will be so fun to do with my husband and see what songs we both come up with!

  3. Angela W says:

    I love this! One song that we both like is “Amazed”.

  4. Licia says:

    My husband made one of these on our computer and it was playing the night of our 10 year wedding anniversary. He didn’t made the cd though just a playlist. Now it would be cute to have the cd and the cover for it.

  5. Fawn says:

    You and Me by Lifehouse, it was one of our wedding songs. I just felt like it was one of several perfect love songs and one of the first I selected for our reception playlist.

  6. Jenn says:

    Hey Michelle,

    I remember reading this before you posted it. It is really a cute idea. Music has so much to do in our lives, I mean everybody likes music, so you can’t go wrong. ;) Good job sis!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see what you will come up with next. You are amazing.

  7. Liz K. says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to have to get my list started. The first song that came to my mind is Head over Feet by Alanis Morissette. We started dating in the mid 90′s when she was really popular. I remember listening to her CD a lot. I have always thought the words fit us.

  8. Samantha Smolen says:

    “Love Song” by 311 – this song is amazing and every time my boyfriend and I listen to it, it brings back our first date! We are also in love with the movie 50 first dates, and this song is played in the movie. Great song, but even greater memories!

  9. Meg says:

    Sounds awesome! Love this idea!

  10. Avril says:

    Great IDEA!!! But our first dance must be on there. Luther Vandross, “If This World Were Mine”

  11. Linda says:

    I love the new spot from Michelle. You can tell she is very creative and I look forward to more of her ideas. I can tell she really loves her husband. Sometimes the little things like this is just what is needed to give a loving spark to a boring or frustrating day and remind each other of what started that spark.

  12. Becca Becca says:

    Love it! Totally want to do my own “Playlist of our Life” CD now. ;)

  13. Traci says:

    Marry Me by Train

  14. Erica says:

    Dos Gardenias by Ibrahim Ferrer would be one for me. I’d proably put aomsething by Maroon 5 on for my hubby too.

  15. Tatiana says:

    Lo Encanto! I Love this!! one song i would definitely have is Shania Twain – This Moment

  16. Michelle H. says:

    I am really enjoying reading about your favorite songs and I hope you are having fun making the CD for your sweetheart! Traci I LOVE that song, I want to get a vinyl wall quote that says, “Forever could never be long enough.” I’m going to have to look up “Love Song” Samantha, not sure if I know that one or not. You can’t ever go wrong with Luther Vandross can you Avril! Kyrsten tell your fiancee thank you for his service! You are a sweetheart to put together a package for him, I know he’ll love it!

  17. Nicole says:

    I so had to laugh because Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not is “our” song. My husband can’t even remember our wedding song so this just became our song. Another one that fits us really well is Hard to Love by Lee Brice. We struggled some in the beginning of our marriage due to some anger issues that were related to PTSD from a deployment. It really just sums up both of us sometimes!

  18. Penny says:

    Love! Love this!!!!!

  19. Laura says:

    Great idea for my hubby’s birthday that’s coming up.

  20. Laura says:

    Dancing away with my heart by Lady Antebellum

  21. Sarah says:

    Marc Cohn “True Companion” would be at the top of my playlist! It was the song we dance to at our wedding, but it was also one of the first songs we heard together on our very first date. When that song first came on the radio during our first date, we both looked at each other and just laughed. I think we knew then that would be the song we danced to at our wedding (which was only 5 months later) :)

  22. Jennifer says:

    I loved this part: “I randomly asked him one day while we were dating what song he thought reminded him of me and this was his answer.” That is such a cool question to ask somebody that you’re dating. A great way to find out how he feels without coming out with something needy. Thanks for all of the great ideas here!

  23. Dancing on the Boulevard by Alabama – we played that song over and over while we drove along the beach in the jeep on our honeymoon – makes me swoon just thinking about it!

  24. Rachel says:

    What a great idea. Love your song choices.

  25. Rachel says:

    A song I would add is Wanna make a memory by bon jovi.


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