Earlier this week, we posted about things to tell the tweens in your life. That post was very well received, and we got lots of messages from readers who told us what things resonated with them. One of the most common comments had to do with the theme song suggestion. Said one Facebook commenter, “I love the theme song thing! I need a theme song!”
In light of this, we thought it would be nice to look at the theme songs of some Nerdy Chicks. Maybe that will help you on your own theme song quest?
Kathy Erskine belts out Sister Sledge’s “We are Family.” Her favorite line:
“Here’s what we call our golden rule: have faith in you and the things you do!”
I can totally see how that empowers Kathy.
When Mary Zisk was 24 and a coworker died suddenly, she vowed to see and do everything she wanted and to never wait for “some day.” Her selection is Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life. She says the line
“I just want to live while I’m alive”
has been her attitude ever since, and is fueling her current drive to write. “Also,” says Mary, “the lyric ‘Like Frankie said I did it my way’ cracks me up — so Jersey!”
I’m a Jersey girl, too, and that line cracks me up as well!
Tameka Fryer Brown’s theme song is Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror.” What a great song. Tameka is touched by these lyrics:
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways”
“if you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a change”
Great, great choice.
Kami Kinard’s theme song is “Some Nights” by Fun. “I somehow feel empowered by all of their music,” she says, “because it makes me feel like we’re all in this together.”
Kami’s favorite lyric is:
“What do I stand for? What do I stand for? Most nights, I don’t know. Anymore.”
I love this song as well.
In my last post, I used Saving Jane’s Supergirl as an example of a theme song. And, yes, that has totally been a song that I have identified with many times in my life. But now I have to make a confession — I don’t just have one theme song. I have many, each one fitting a different aspect of my life. But the song that I sing to myself in the quiet moments of doubt that never fails at empowering me to go back to work at my goals is probably Pink’s “Perfect.” The whole song works for me. It was very hard just to choose a snippet of the lyrics. But in the end, here’s what I want to share with you:
“It’s enough, I’ve done all I could think of, chased down all my demons — I’d see you do the same”
Pink fans will notice that I’ve changed the last few words from “I’ve seen you do the same” to my own version, asking the other person to change as I have. That might seem like cheating, but, to me, that’s the beauty of music — that it is a deeply personal experience and we each take away what we need from it. Those lines from the song make me let go of my frustrations toward other people, toward the things in life that are out of my control. They remind me that I’ve done all I could, and that that is all we can do in this life.
What are your favorite songs? Share them in the comments below! And scroll down for links to the videos of these theme songs!
American Pie by Don McLean is my family’s song. We’ve played, danced and sung it (off tune) at every family event, birthday celebration, etc. for as long as I can remember. Jackson Brown’s Let the Roadies Take the Stage is a close second.
My daughter says my theme song should be “Help!”
Mine is “short skirt long jacket” by Cake
Short skirt long jacket – Cake
Hard to pick just one, but today I’ll say “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
Depends on the mood I’m in but this one has kept me going for a while. God Bless The Broken Road ….
Depends on my mood…. but when I’m up against a challenge it’s always the theme from Flashdance…. What A Feeling…. It gives me inner courage 😉
I love reading all of these. Oh the memories! Plus, now I have a backlog of songs in mind for the net time I need a theme song change!
I think we need to put together a CD of all these great choices!
My current theme song is Katie Perry’s, “Roar!” Because I truly believe in my work, every time I get a rejection, I belt out, “You held me down, but I got up… I have the eye of the tiger…(and) I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR!”
My theme song is super man theme from 1978.