Music is such a huge part of my life. I don’t sing (very well), and I don’t play an instrument (again, not very well), but I love listening to music. My husband and I are very different when it comes to music. He is very much a track guy. He gets really caught up in the instruments, the sounds, the beats, the bass, and the rhythm. I, on the other hand, am a lyricist. It doesn’t matter (that much) to me what the song sounds like as long as the lyrics are saying the right things. I love good lyrics. Good ones get stuck in my head, and I find myself repeating them over and over. (My family loves it when this happens! ^insert sarcastic tone^) I keep a playlist that’s titled “Cherith’s Playlist,” which is pretty indicative of my life at that particular time. Some of the songs on “Cheriths Playlist” have been there for quite some time, and some get replaced as needed to match the space I’m in at that particular time. Right now, these are the songs that are currently representing the soundtrack of my life.
Drake’s Started from the Bottom
This song makes me think back on all that I’ve accomplished in life. Years ago, I set goals for myself and it’s nice to look back and see how many of those goals I’ve been able to accomplish. Not only that, I can look at my husband and children and see their growth over the year. We have so many other goals, and this song definitely gets me hyped up and excited about working to reach them.
Beyonce’s Run the World
I mean, duh, why not? This song gets me excited and encouraged, especially when I think about all the women in my life who are doing major things. I mean, I have all kinds of girlfriends who are “killing it” in male-dominant industries. I am blessed to be surrounded by the most fabulous female school leaders, medical professionals, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and engineers. “Who run the world? Girls!”
Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are
You wanna talk about a feel-good song? This is the one! Bruno’s voice will have you thinking that he is singing it directly to you. It’s hard not to feel good while listening to this song.
You don’t have to listen to this song very long to know why it’s on my list. Just look at these lyrics:
When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it’s supposed to be
And I know my creator didn’t make no mistake on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see
Jill Scott’s He Loves Me
A few weeks ago, my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. We’ve been together for 25 years. At this point, I’m convinced that he loves me and this song makes me think about our love for each other. Our favorite saying is that we’re not perfect, but we’re perfect for each other. This song’s lyrics say it so well.
India.Arie’s Get it Together
I really could have made a playlist with just my favorite India.Arie songs on it. Seriously. So many of her songs have lyrics that speak to me. Anytime I’m feeling discouraged, this song is one of my go-tos:
Cause the words that come from your mouth, you’re the 1st to hear
Speak words of wisdom and you will be there.
No matter what anybody says
What matters most is what you think of yourself
Andy Grammer’s Fresh Eyes
I do have to admit that even though I love the lyrics of this song, it’s the beat for me! (Isn’t that what the young ‘uns are saying now?) This song is so catchy and the lyrics are pretty cool, too!
Well, there you have it. These are the songs that are currently on my playlist. What song(s) are you currently crushing on? Comment below so that I can check it out and maybe add it to my playlist.
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India Arie always gets me in my feelings. I can relate all of her songs to some aspect of my life period. I love Video, Talk to Her and Strength Courage and Wisdom by her. Just to name a few!! Talk to Her sets the tone for how I expect to be treated by a man. 😉
She is the best!
Such a great list. And I’m a huge India.Arie fan, too. I’ve seen her perform several times and she’s always great.
She is definitely a favorite for my family! I had tickets to see her perform a few years ago at an outdoor arena in Atlanta. It ended up raining so hard that we weren’t able to attend! Then, she was here in Birmingham and I missed that, too!!