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a soundtrack for the big 3-0

October 10, 2014
Living every moment, from a very young age...  (I promise it was juice in that cup.)

Living every moment, from a very young age… (I promise it was juice in that cup)

I turned 30 yesterday. And while I’m very firmly in the “age ain’t nothing but a number” camp (see inset photo) 30 did make me stop and pause. It happened while I was driving to the grocery store a few days ago. “Against the Wind” came on the radio and I could see a montage of my twenties forming in my head. It was then that I realized that this mile marker on life’s journey would best be passed with its own soundtrack turned way up loud. So here are my selections for turning 30. What would yours be?

Against the Wind Bob Seger

The catalyst. This is certainly a song that can find new meaning at many stages of life but I think it’s particularly apt for the transition out of your twenties. The video below is from his 2013 tour because when I saw it this song was the highlight of the whole evening. Like all the songs on this list, it only grows more meaningful as the years roll by.

Learning to FlyTom Petty & The Heartbreakers

I saw Tom and the boys at Red Rocks this past Friday (another story for the memoirs…) and standing on the side of the stage during “Learning to Fly,” on the brink of my thirties, was a powerful moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I’m sure I’ll continue to find meaning and comfort in this song until I’m 100 years old, particularly in the gentler and more knowing live version.

The Circle Game Joni Mitchell

For someone as prone to nostalgia as I am, listening to this song can be a bit like playing Russian Roulette. Sometimes I can just appreciate the utter beauty of its poignant message and sometimes it can send me into a morose tailspin that can take hours or days to recover from. Whatever the outcome, it’s always worth it… Footnote – we cued up a couple episodes of The Wonder Years after my birthday dinner last night and just happened to watch the “touch football” episode with this song at the end. There really aren’t any coincidences are there?

Long May You Run Neil Young

Yes, I know it’s about a car. Yes, it can still make me cry.

Live Every Moment – REO Speedwagon

Okay, before you go and skewer me for including REO Speedwagon on a list with some much heavier hitters let me defend myself. My dearest aunt turned 50 this summer and my family celebrated the only way we know how – with an epic living room dance party that stretched into the early hours of the morning. My REO lovin’ aunt requested this song from the Speedwagon vault and it turned out to be the perfect anthem for the evening. Just try not to smile while listening, even if only because of the fabulous fashion on display in the video.

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  1. Hunter Marjorie permalink
    October 10, 2014 5:50 pm

    Great page, honey.. Hope your day was as special as you are. 30 ain’t all that bad. Just wait til you hit the 80’s. Boy what a long song list you’ll have then. Love you, Grandma

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