If I think I'm singing loud enough for people to hear me in church, I lower my voice to a barely audible whisper. My husband and I have been together for 8 years and he could probably count on one hand (not including singing our daughter to sleep at night) the amount of times he's heard me actually sing. There are only a few people in this world that have heard my singing voice: my father, mother, sisters, cousin and best friend from college.
I don't sing around people.
It's not that I am a horrible singer. While I'm no Carrie Underwood, I don't have a bad singing voice, per se. Actually, given the right song, I can sound pretty darn good. It's just a self-conscious thing.
However, when I'm in my car, completely alone.....I rock out. We're talking windows down (given that the temperature is over 60 degrees), volume up as loud as it will go, rocking. out. And I listen to it all. I love 90s country, boy bands, pop, Broadway, Contemporary Christian, hymns, soundtracks. If it's got a good beat, lyrics that make sense, and I sound halfway decent while singing, I'll listen to it.
Here's a couple of my favorites:
Song that makes me cry like a baby every time I hear it:
"What it Means to be Loved" by Mark Shultz
A song about two soon-to-be parents finding out their unborn daughter is going to have a health problem.....and choosing to keep her anyway. It feels like it was written for my parents about my sister Kristen and it turns me into a weepy mess every single time.
Silly song that I just can't help loving:
"Grow Old with You" by Adam Sandler
The actual song is less than a minute long, but I love it so much. We even played it during the cake cutting ceremony at our wedding.
"I'll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold." *sigh*
Song that takes me back to college:
"Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show
I'm at a house party with all my friends and my only worry in this world is how early my 8 am class is going to come.
P.S. Get that Darius Rucker remake action out of here. Not even close.
Song that takes me back to high school:
"I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys
Let's be honest. Anything by Backstreet Boys takes me back to high school. In fact, my very first concert was a BSB concert. I think I was 13. My mom let my sister and I buy new outfits for the concert. I bought a red Calvin Klein shirt and black loafers. That picture is considered blackmail now.
Song I can listen to on repeat all day, every day:
"Love Your Love the Most" by Eric Church
No words. Love. This. Song.
Guilty Pleasure Song:
"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus
I'm not a Miley fan. I think she's turned into a certified wackadoodle. But when this song comes on the radio, I morph into "Pop Star Mode." Complete with hair swinging and hand motions (Although not while driving. That'd be silly).
Song that turns me into a Broadway star:
"Popular" by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked Soundtrack)
If I'm in the car alone, this is my go-to soundtrack when I want to sing. When "Popular" or "Defying Gravity" or "For Good" come on, just step aside and call me Elphaba.
Newest song obsession:
"Let It Go" by Idina Menzel (Frozen Soundtrack)
If you haven't seen this movie yet, you're doing yourself a disservice. It's SO good.
Favorite praise song:
"Where I Belong" by Building 429
The volume on my phone doesn't go high enough for how loud I want to blare this song. Thank God that I'm not home yet. This is most definitely not where I belong. Praise hands up!
What are your favorite songs? Guilty, praise, on repeat or otherwise??