Today I’m featuring something a little different. I’m posting my “memory playlist”. What’s a memory playlist, you ask? Well, when I’m reading books, blogging, walking or simply cleaning, I like to listen to music. I have a few playlists on my iPad/iPhone, but the one that I listen to the most is my “memory playlist” I call Mama’s Songs. Why do I call it that? Well, simply put: it’s my mama’s favorite songs.
Years ago, growing up, my mom and I used to listen to country songs together and some of them were perfect for mother’s and daughter’s so we would “dedicate” songs to each other. We loved doing that. It always let me know that my mama was my best friend and my protector and we could always depend on each other no matter what. So, my playlist consists of those songs.
My playlist also consists of all her favorite gospel songs. She loved the Gaither Vocal Band and The Statler Brothers. Those were always on HER playlists.
You may ask why I have a playlist with my mama’s favorites on it. You see, my mama passed away unexpectedly on June 10,2014. We don’t know why, other than a massive heart attack. She was fine that morning, that afternoon and that evening. She went to bed, and within ten minutes she was having a heart attack and died. I took it very hard for many, many months, as she was my mama, my best friend, and my reading partner in crime. Then someone suggested I do a playlist of her favorite songs and just sit and listen to them. So, I did. And you know what? Now, I feel like she’s still right here beside me. I can feel her presence with me when I put the ear buds in and relax and listen to them.
So, here are the songs on that playlist,though I warn you that it’s long. And tell me. What’s on YOUR playlist?
I’ll Be by Reba McEntire (she dedicated this one to me because she was letting me know that she would ALWAYS be there for me)
If I Had Only Known by Reba McEntire (she loved listening to this song, and I felt it was perfect for after she passed away)
The Chain Of Love by Clay Walker (this song always made her and I tear up because of the meaning of it and she asked me once to make sure that the chain of love didn’t end with her or with me)
26 Cents by The Wilkinsons (my mom used to always tell me to keep a quarter with me incase I needed to call her. So I would. Then this song released and we would always look at each other when it came on the radio. When I was married to my ex husband she always reminded about this song)
Leap Of Faith by Lionel Cartwright (she loved this song, always reminded me to take leaps of faith)
The Keeper Of The Stars by Tracy Byrd (she sorta loved this song for both me and my dad)
The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues by Alan Jackson (she loved Alan Jackson and this was one of her favorites)
If The World Had A Front Porch by Tracy Lawrence (we loved this song together! She and I would talk about all the good times from our childhoods and how the world was changing and what would make it better. This was both of ours favorite song!)
Elizabeth by The Statler Brothers (she loved Jimmy Fortune from the Statlers and this was his song and she and I just fell in love with it.)
For Momma by The Statler Brothers (this was my song to her)
Heaven’s Just A Sin Away by The Kendalls (she loved the Kendalls!)
Pittsburgh Stealers by The Kendalls (She was from Pennsylvania not far from Pittsburgh so naturally she loved it)
It Don’t Feel Like Sinning To Me by The Kendalls ( I can hear her singing this one when it plays….)
Thank God For The Radio by The Kendalls (She would hum this one a lot of the times)
Sweet Desire by The Kendalls (Just another one by them that she loved)
Baby Girl by Sugarland ( I dedicated this one to her and my dad when I first heard it. They always called me their Baby Girl so naturally it was perfect for them)
What Do You Say by Reba McEntire (she dedicated it to me because she was always wondering how to tell me things when I would ask)
Go Rest High On That Mountain by Vince Gill ( from the time this song came out until her funeral, this song was one of her favorites above all. She had that strong, unending faith that I want. This was the song she would cry to when it would come on)
One Voice by Billy Gilman (she adored his courage of singing and this was the one she loved because of the meaning behind it.)
Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord by The Statler Brothers (She loved her Statlers especially the gospel songs)
Lord I’m Coming Home by The Statler Brothers (She loved her Statlers especially the gospel songs)
When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder by The Statler Brothers(She loved her Statlers especially the gospel songs)
The Brave Apostles Twelve by The Statler Brothers(She loved her Statlers especially the gospel songs)
Tabernacle by The Gaither Homecoming(it reminded her of her growing up days in church)
Wesley Brothers by The Gaither Homecoming(she could sing this one so beautifully with the song)
I’ll Fly Away by The Gaither Vocal Band (she loved this one no matter who sang it)