Life’s Soundtrack [2005-2006]
‘Let it All Out’ by Relient K
It was a couple of weeks after my first break-up and I was devastated. I remember it was a Thursday night and I was on my way back from ‘The Barn’. The question, ‘Why?’ just kept entering my head, time and time again. As I drove up my mountain toward my home I remember looking up at the stars as this song came on:
“And you said I know that this will hurt
But if I don’t break your heart then things will just get worse
If the burden seems too much to bear
Remember, the end will justify the pain it took to get us there”
When I think of this song for some reason I remember being in my Chemistry 2 class at the end of my senior year. It was graduation week so we didn’t have any work to do, and I remember I was on my old xanga account writing about hot air balloons, sin, and redemption, while listening to this on my teachers computer … (Read it here)
‘Friendly Jas’ by Cool Hand Luke
[Summer and Fall 2005]
In 2005 the album ‘Fires of Life’ by Cool Hand Luke was such an inspiration to me (I first listened to it on my flight to Honduras that summer) I have so many memories of it, but some of my fondest were of my drives home from my friend Liann’s youth group. I would roll down the windows and let the dying summer air embrace me. Of all the songs from the album ‘Friendly Jas’ was the dearest to me.
I was never into hardcore music until this song. I remember that I first heard it in the lounge of Northampton Community College (the Monroe Campus) during the Fall of my freshman year. My friend Nick gave me Underoath’s album ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’ and after listening to the album I could not stop listening to this song. I still think its one of the most beautiful worship songs I’ve ever heard. (This is also my first introduction to Aaron Marsh from Copeland).
‘Priceless’ by Copeland
The album ‘Beneath Medicine Tree’ is one of the most beautiful album’s about love I have ever heard, and from it ‘Priceless’ was my favorite. It spoke to me of the joy and hardship of love, and of something I hoped (and still hope) for so much: memories of a love that lasted. I remember countless times listening to this song (and the rest of this album) on my way to and from college. Simply Beautiful. (‘Take Care’ is currently one of my favorites from that album).
‘Come and Listen’ by The David Crowder Band
It was a cold night. I hadn’t had heat in my car for a year, but I fought to open my door (which was frozen shut), scrapped off the windows (inside and out), bundled up, and made my way home. I remember listening to this song as I left the parking lot of ‘Christian Life Assembly’ where my friend Nick went to youth group. This song warmed my heart so much on those cold winter nights as I drove home without any heat.