Everyone Needs a Theme Song

While reading this month’s SELF magazine (cover to cover, per usual), I was very intrigued by a statement from their cover model, Zooey Deschanel:

“Everyone needs a theme song! It should make you feel like a million dollars.”

Nothing too profound – remember this Sometimes Healthy Blog doesn’t always run too deep. But nonetheless, I like her thinking. Shouldn’t we all have a soundtrack to our lives? Part of the reason I like running so much is that I get to listen to my music and pretend that I am awesome. There is no secret to my ability to run two hours on a treadmill. I just turn to the “Success is My Only Mother F**** Option” playlist on my ipod (quote from Eminem song – yes, I know, it’s classy) visualize my future full of awesomeness and zone out.

My Theme Song

Zooey’s theme song is “Friends of Mine” by the Zombies. Never heard it, but I’ll have to give it a spin. My “life theme song” certainly changes with my mood, but for the purposes of this exercise, I’ll pick one:

Rascal Flatts – Stand

I had to go country for the life theme song, because country music reminds me of my roots back in Nebraska. This particular song stands for resilience, and I think it’s my most important character trait. Granted, many of my life obstacles are self-imposed (remember the recent kitchen flood?), but no matter how bad it seems, I always seem to be able to dig myself back up to the top. So whenever I’m feeling just a little discouraged, I turn on this song.

My recent marathon was an example of me remembering how to “stand.” 12 months before, I had all but given up on my dreams of living in NYC and was ready to throw in the towel and move home. But I took matters into my own hands, got a new job, got back into shape and capped it off with a marathon. 26.2 never felt so good :-).

My Supporting Soundtrack Songs

Sometimes a Girl’s got to be Lazy

Alas, life is not always butterflies, rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes I just don’t feel like standing, and I choose to lay down and bond with the couch monster. On days like this, I play Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song to remind myself it’s okay to kick up the feet and chill out. Just because some people like to “go go go” doesn’t mean I can’t revel in my laziness every now and then.

Sometimes a Girl’s got to Rock out on Her Walk to the Subway

The song I choose to listen to on my subway walk definitely varies with my mood/amount of sleep. However, since I moved here, there’s always been one special song that never fails to motivate me for the day ahead. KT Tunstall’s, “Suddenly I See.” Coincidentally (not), it’s the opening scene of my favorite NYC movie, Devil Wears Prada. What can I say? I love a good chick-flick and this one’s as good as they come. PS- Anne Hathaway’s character in this movie was a journalism major at Northwestern. Coincidence? I think not…

Sometimes a Girl’s Gotta Kick Herself in the A**

I alluded to this song in the beginning of this post. The title of my Marathon Playlist is actually a quote from Eiminem’s “Lose Yourself.” It is explicit, angry,  hard core and straight to the point. And sometimes when I run, I just need to tell myself to shut up, lose myself “in the music” and just do it. This song is all about getting your “tunnel vision” on, and I always listen to it at some point in the last mile of my run.

Sometimes a Girl’s Gotta Get A Little Homesick

Any frequent reader of my blog probably knows about this Sometimes Healthy Girl’s love and loyalty for my hometown, Omaha (otherwise known by many as O-Town). The older I get, the greater my appreciation increases for the place where I grew up. My family actually moved to Omaha from Chicago when I was four, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if we had stayed in Chicago.

I love New York as much as a girl can possibly love this crazy city, but I always say my heart belongs to Nebraska :-). It’s where I became who I am today, where my family and friends live and where I want to one day raise my own children. I’m going home for a full week in July, and since it’s been 8 months, I’m very excited. But whenever I miss Omaha, I play Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and it takes me back (the mother in this song DEFINITELY reminds me of my own mother)

Sometimes A Girl’s Gotta Dream About Her Fairytale Ending

I don’t discuss my love life too much here on the Sometimes Healthy Living Blog. Alas, that is because it has been rather uneventful these past couple years. On the plus side, that means my life has been absent of the additional stress I cause myself when over-analyzing and picking apart every word from a guy’s mouth/text/instant message. And as you all know, I have enough stress all by myself :-).

But one day, hopefully for Sometimes Healthy mom’s sake, sooner rather than later, I will meet my perfect cowboy and ride off into the sunset. When the dream seems a little far away, I listen to Braid Paisley’s, “Then.”

Indeed, one day, a very lucky guy will get to take on the personality that makes up this Sometimes Healthy Girl, and when he does, I’m hoping we’ll have a classic love story, just like in this song. What can I say? I’m just an old-fashioned “country girl” trying to live a simple life ;-) (Given that my target audience is largely female, I don’t expect my cowboy to be reading this blog right now, but ya never know – if you are Mr. Cowboy, please email me at [email protected] ASAP)

So there ya have it! You know have a soundtrack to my Sometimes Healthy, Always Nutty Life. Download them and think of me, pretty please. Trust me, there are plenty more theme songs, but this post is already long enough.

Now it’s your turn.

Tell me your theme song? And tell me why it’s your theme song. I’m always looking to bring more music into my life.

36 Thoughts on “Everyone Needs a Theme Song

  1. Michelle on 20 June, 2011 at 6:59 pm said:

    This is a great post! My favorite is “Only Me When I’m With You” by Taylor. Slightly untraditional, I know, but when I think about my family and my best friends, and our great memories (ups and downs) and the dreams we will achieve in the future, it makes me happy. I feel stonger and I run faster. The chorus is the best:

    “I’m only up when you’re not down, dont want to fly if you’re still on the ground…. you drive me crazy half the time the other half I’m only trying to let you know that what I feel is true… and I’m only me who I want to be, with you! Heart Heart Buddy!

  2. What a wonderful post! I practically screamed when I saw you had a Rascal Flatts song… first of all, I love pretty much every song of theirs, and second, your choice of song sure is a good one :)
    It’s hard to say what my theme song would be… it definitely depends on the mood I am in! I am going to go with a Rascal Flatts song for me… My Wish. I don’t know if it’s exactly about me per se, but I love the message in this song and it always makes me tear a bit when I listen to it. Yes, sometimes I am a pansy!

    • I don’t think I have ever heard a Rascal Flatts song that I don’t like! All of their songs are so uplifting and send such a positive message. And the one’s that aren’t never fail to bring some sort of emotion from me. Love “My Wish.” My best friend did her father/daughter dance in her wedding to that song, and it was picture perfect. You are not a pansy – look how cheesy I am!

  3. Omg this is awesome! I’m not sure a single song could cut it, but a song that totally describes how I feel about my boyfriend is Everything by Michael Buble :)

  4. My theme song = who i am // jessica andrews

    I love love love Devil Wears Prada.

  5. I’m not sure if this could be a theme song, but it is a song that ALWAYS makes me smile and happy.

    Dancing in the Moonlight by Van Morrison!

  6. My theme song is The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars. Although I can’t live it every day I don’t think I would mind if I did!! When that song came out multiple friends told me that should be my anthem. I’m not if that is a compliment or not, but as long as I’m successful in life I think it’s okay.

  7. I really don’t know what my theme song would be!! And I want one. I really liked Tessa’s answer of My Wish by rascall flats. I love love love that song.

  8. Hmm I don’t know that I have a theme song, but I LOVE these on my playlist:
    - Raise Your Glass by Pink (but especially the Glee version)
    - Best Day by Taylor Swift (reminds me of my mom and grandma and makes me remember how lucky I am)

    Loved this post!

    • Awwww I love Taylor. How can a girl not like her? She’s such a sweetheart and conveys such a positive message. I’ve heard “Best Day” on Pandora before and think it’s adorable. I’ll add it to the list of songs to download. Thanks!

  9. I have so many theme songs. When I feel like daydreaming about my signifagant other and all the great times we have had together I love to listen to Brad Paisley’s “Then.” My childhood, the song “Butterfly Kisses.” A song that really gets me in the mood to rock out would be “Don’t Stop Believing,” by Journey. Any country song by Dierks or BIlly Currington gets me in the mood to party! I love country!!

    • I love “Then” too! Currently it’s about my imaginary romance, but a girl can dream ;-). Butterfly Kisses literally makes me cry every time I hear it. I love country too – love that I’ve got country music fans reading my blog!

  10. “I don’t think I’ve ever met a Rascall Flats song I didn’t like.” — I’ll second that notion!!

    Also, as far as a theme song, I might struggle just because I have yet to find a pump up jam that truly embodies all that is ME. That being said, I find myself always getting pumped up by songs that I’d almost be embarrassed if people heard what I was listening to or if it came on in a club. A recent favorite: “Bounce” – Timbaland featuring Missy Elliot and Justin Timberlake

    I’m pretty sure this jam was originally from the Step Up 2 soundtrack, and whenever it comes on shuffle I feel like I’m just doing WORK at the gym. Pulsing bass, great beat, and Missy Elliot’s rhymes always give me a boost!

  11. Gahh I love every song on your list! Another rascal flatts song I always identify with when things get tough is: “movin on”. I’m not sure what one song could sum up my life theme though!

  12. Gahh I love every song on the list. Another RF song I love when I’m trying to get over tough stuff is “movin on”. Not sure what one song would define my life theme though.

  13. Rainbow Connection…..Kermit the Frog. Why? Why not! It’s all about hope and love and believing in the impossible and faith and trust and pixie dust. And it’s sung by a Muppet. :)

  14. Lauren on 21 June, 2011 at 6:16 pm said:

    I just saw your blog with a link from another site (www.sweettoothsweetlife.com). I am so curious, do you know what the colorist did to your hair in the profile picture? Your hair looked awesome and I have had a hard time getting a colorist to do what I want, so I wondered if you knew what they used on your hair?? Thanks!

  15. awww what a cute concept. and love your photoshop skillz. I always try and think of mine, but it’s so tough!! I love cheesy girly songs that make you feel like you’re a million bucks. ie, selena gomez. I should be embarrassed of this, shouldn’t I….? bahahah.

    -courtney

    • Blogging has helped me realize that is quite okay to embrace your inner-cheese every now and then! I used to try to deny it because I didn’t think it was cool, but now I just own it ;-). I love me some Miley, Selena, Natasha Bedingfield, etc. Yes the photoshop skillz are interesting – let’s just say I won’t be taking up a job in graphic design any time soon.

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