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Confessions of a Musical Sap

You know how there are some songs that just take you back?  I know, I know—I’m still only 26; the real grownups amongst you are going to want to smack me for even invoking the phrase “take you back”—but even in my limited years upon this earth I like to think I’ve enjoyed my fair share of soundtrack moments.

In high school, A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton was totally my song.  It probably helped that I was dating a boy from Montreal at the time.

A Thousand Miles

I used to sit around listening to that song and crying my eyes out and thinking how I really walk a thousand miles to see him if I could.  (Believe it or not, I was even more melodramatic back then that I am now.)

Several years later, I went through a Victoria Vox phase.  For those of you who’ve never heard of Victoria Vox, she’s a relatively unknown ukulele player but my post-college boyfriend introduced me to her work just shortly before I moved to London.  I fell in love with a song called My Darling Beau and I used to lie awake at night choreographing in my head and thinking that I would someday perform to that song and dedicate to my boyfriend.  But then we broke up… so that didn’t happen.

I had my Drops of Jupiter phase.

My Love Song by Sarah Barielles phase.

My anything angry by Alanis Morissette phase.

And finally my Dizzy Rascal phase, which I probably shouldn’t admit to publicly but you try going to grad school in London and spending the majority of your weekends at questionable nightclubs.  Plus, he was featured– rather prominently, I might add– in last week’s Opening Ceremonies so clearly I’m not the only person who likes him.  (Click here to see the hilarity that comprises Dizzy’s Dance Wiv Me, which remains one of my favorite music videos of all time.)

Fortunately, I’m through each of those phases and the associated relationship dramas which they represented.

Now, I’m going through a new phase.  And the soundtrack for this new phase is none other than a cover of Stand by Me by Prince Royce.

I know—I’m about two years behind so far as Prince Royce is concerned—but The Wedding Date introduced me to this song and now, when I find myself alone at night and missing him, I head on over to Youtube, click on the video and think sappy thoughts about us dancing the bachata together.


(And when you’re done, be sure to leave a comment about your current song 🙂 )

15 Responses to “Confessions of a Musical Sap”

  1. Amanda

    I’ve been going through a dance/house music phase, so my current favorite is “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia. This is better than the punk phase I went through. Much more melodic 🙂

  2. casespace

    I have this Prince Royce CD if you ever want a sampling of the other songs, but this song and its Spanish version are lovely. Bachata makes me smile. 🙂 Danced very well, it’s positively dreamy.

    Alanis also has many romantic songs that I love. Head Over Feet, for one, is one of my faves.

    • Kat Richter

      Ooh, yes, I think I’m going to have to take you up on that 🙂 And I agree with you on Head over Feet; I think I have ALL of her CDs 🙂

  3. Jill

    I am in the phase where I will listen to anything on the car radio if it means no squabbling amongst the spawn. So it’s mostly country and baseball. But when I get to choose, Ana Ng and much else by They Might Be Giants and I’m Gonna Be by The Proclaimers.

  4. sarahnsh

    Me and my hubby like Jason Mraz’s “I’m yours” and a few other songs we like together. I never really had songs with my relationships and never even discussed music with them. I know the only other song for me and another relationship was “Cold hard bitch” by Jet that I danced to with this one other guy I was with where I had a long distance relationship with him for 2 years. I know, I’m weird!

    • Kat Richter

      Haha, that’s ok. I actually use I’m Yours a lot when I’m teaching. It’s got a good beat and the instrumentation is quiet enough (if that makes sense…) that my students and I can still hear each other’s footwork.

  5. Wilma

    I had to go purchase a little Prince Royce on iTunes. Now I just to learn the Bachata.

    Songs: Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” is my divorce anthem, because STBex kept thinking he could come around being smooth even after he said he wanted a divorce.

    My current song is “Almost Lover” by A Fine Frenzy. Plus, both of these songs are in my vocal range, so that always has a lot of pull for me. It’s one thing to listen to songs; it’s so much more heartbreaking to sit there and sing your heart out.

  6. jepete

    I’m currently listening to “Silenced by the Light.” The entire album is good but that song reminds me of songs from my parent’s era(yes I just said that). Ha. It’s a total sing so loud in your car you’re out of breath song. Love it!

  7. becky119

    There are so many awesome songs that tend to be themes to my life. I’m a big Alica Keys fan, especially “If I Ain’t Got You”. She also has this song that is on her last album,”Empire State of Mind” and even though I’m not a fan of NY, it makes me want to dance.

    Adam and my song is “Maybe I’m Amazed”, that always makes me smile. Then there is just about anything by the Beatles. Also been listening to a lot of Queen and my forever favorite that makes me a big dork, The Backstreet Boys. 😉

    Oh…also LOVE that song by The Neon Trees “People Talk”

  8. Landlord

    I hadn’t read this post before, must have been away, but I would say chauffeur and I found our song by accident, he tried to request one song for us by the Stylistics (when you used to be able to call the local radio station and send out a request) and they didn’t have the one he wanted, so he settled for another one. However, the most fun we have with a song is of course, “Love Shack” 🙂

  9. Landlord

    OMG, that’s a great video, I’ve loved this song for a while but had never seen the video!


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