Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Mix. — Words and Music. They need each other.

on October 19, 2013


I love my iPod.

I do. I love that I can add music to it on a whim. I love that I can create a playlist on the fly. I love that if I want a song…right now…I can go get it and add it to my library.

I do miss the record store. Just a little.

I kind of even miss the Columbia House Record Club. Just a little.

But I definitely miss everything about making a mix tape.

There was magic in the old school mix tape.   The way you could create a soundtrack. You could send secret messages, hidden in lyrics you didn’t write, but wish you had. You could tell someone you loved them or that you were mad at them and never have to say a word. The mix tape was a fantastic journal that you could share with others, if you wanted. You could take it with you wherever you went. And you could always start over. You could erase the last song and record over it.  You could decide that you never liked that boy anyway and now that he’s seeing someone else, you hate every single song on this stupid tape and his handwriting on the paper insert, too. (Sorry, flashback to 15.)

So, you start over. You have a new idea, a new theme, a new romance. You erase the old and you fall in love with different songs with new meanings and you start to hear the lyrics everywhere you go.  In your car. In your room. In your walkman. (Sorry, another flashback to 15.)

Today, I want us all to rediscover the magic of the mix tape.

Let’s not over think it. Find the words. Find the music. Put them together. All in one place.

If MommyVerbs was a movie, then this might be the mix tape soundtrack of this blog, before the sequels, action word by action word.

1. Define.  “Brand New Day” Van Morrison

2. Breathe.  “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard”

3. Play. “Forever Young” (while I love the Bob Dylan version) Rod Stewart

4. Engage. “Doing the Unstuck” The Cure

5. Want. “All I Really Want” Alanis Morissette

6. Argue. “Let It All Hang Out” The Hombres

7. Accept. “Let It Be” The Beatles

8. Declutter. “I Go Crazy” Flesh for Lulu

9. Explore. “Jack and Diane” John Mellancamp

10. Pretend. “Spiderwebs” No Doubt

11. Friend. “Strong Enough” Sheryl Crow

12. Move.  “A Little Less Conversation” Elvis Presley

13. See. “In Your Eyes” Peter Gabriel

14. Vote. “The Difference” Matchbox Twenty

15. Lose. “If You Were Here” Cary Brothers

16. Find. “Everywhere” Fleetwood Mac

17. Nod. “Sharona” The Knack

18. Wake. “These Are The Days” Keith Urban

19. Glean. “Diamond Road” Cheryl Crow

20. Blink. “Kid Fears” Indigo Girls

21. Grow. “Watching the Wheels” John Lennon

22. Color. “100 years” Five for Fighting

23. Tag. “Clarity” John Mayer

24. Party. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day

25. Renew.  “Solsbury Hill” Peter Gabriel

26. Celebrate. “A Pirates Look at 40” by Jimmy Buffet

27. Mirror. “Your Song” Elton John

28. Check. “Last Chance” Maroon 5

29. Settle. “Crash Into Me” Dave Matthews Band

30. Please. “Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

31. Win! “I Feel Lucky” Mary Chapin Carpenter

32. Rock. “Learning to Fly” Tom Petty

33. Waffle. “Sugar High” Coyote Shivers

34. Bathe. “Imagine” John Lennon

35. Tie. “Beautiful Boy” John Lennon

36. Hold. “Say What You Mean to Say” by John Mayer

So, here’s your challenge:

Today. Create a mix tape of your day.

Listen for the songs that make you smile.

Listen for the songs that just pop into your head and the ones that you catch yourself singing randomly.

Listen for the songs that bring you energy.

Listen for the songs that make you think and reconnect you to a friend, a time, a place.

Listen for the songs that move you.

Listen for the songs that make you feel like dancing and then add in all of those favorites, the ones that you know all of the words to,

Write them down when you think of them and then create a mix tape of your day. A mix tape of your year. A mix tape of your life.

Or a playlist. A playlist will do.

And when you think of other songs, add those to it. This is a living, breathing soundtrack, one with no end and no beginning. One that is only dependent on the amount of memory on your device. And you can always get another one…because…

Words and music. They need each other.

And so do we.

Capture the actions of your day in words and music.

Create something that you can “wrap yourself up in forever.”

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

(And if you didn’t catch the “Eddie and the Cruisers reference…Go. Look that up. Now. You won’t regret knowing “Tender Years” I promise.)


3 responses to “Mix. — Words and Music. They need each other.

  1. Lead Our Lives says:

    LOVE. Ahhh….music with words. Can open or close a heart, right? Great post. Took me back and inspired me at the same time. Thank you for that! 😉

  2. Jan says:

    Of course I caught the “Eddie and the Cruisers” reference. 🙂
    Love your eclectic music selection. Thanks for bringing back some great memories of my
    mixed tapes. I still have them all in the basement. 🙂

  3. […] speakers. Dust off the turntable. Crank the boom box. Find a few favorite songs or pull out that playlist you made […]

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