Thinkkit Day 19: Strike up the band – what was the soundtrack to your year? Was it the music you listened to the most? A certain song that kept reappearing, or worse…that you couldn’t get away from? Or maybe it wasn’t music at all – maybe a podcast, voice, performance, or significant sound played over-and-over. Whatever you heard: we’re all ears!

Here are some of my favorite songs this year:

You’re Beautiful (James Blunt)

And, to go along with it…I love this story about James Blunt taking to Twitter at the urging of his label.

Stronger (Kanye West)

It’s one of those songs on all my running play lists that my iPod usually knows just when I need to hear it.  It gets me through the roughest parts of my runs.

Birthday (Katy Perry)

This was my birthday anthem this year.  Katy Perry is always about fun.  My kids showed me the video and I instantly loved the song.

22 (Taylor Swift)

Lover her or hate her, it’s kind of hard to hear a Taylor Swift song and not sing along.

The Fighter (Gym Class Heroes with Ryan Tedder)

Also on all my running lists, it’s such a great inspirational song when pushing yourself beyond where you think you can go-or rather, where you want to go (I really don’t like running).  If you ever see me running and pumping my fists at the same time, it’s because this song is playing and it makes me think I CAN DO THIS!2014-12-22 12.24.50

And if I can last thirty rounds, There’s no reason you should ever have your head down, six foot five, two hundred and twenty pounds, hailing from rock bottom, loserville, nothing town, text book version of a kid going nowhere fast, and now I’m yelling, “Kiss my ass.” It’s gonna take a couple right hooks, a few left jabs for you to recognize you really ain’t got it bad. Until the referee rings the bell, until both your eyes start to swell, until the crowd goes home, what we gonna do ya’ll? Give em hell, turn their heads. Gonna live life ’til we’re dead. Give me scars, give me pain. Then they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me there goes the fighter, there goes the fighter. Here comes the fighter. That’s what they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me, This one’s a fighter.

Astral Weeks (Van Morrison) 

Sometimes, what’s old is new again.

Purple Rain (Prince)

Even my kids jam out to Purple Rain.  I mean, seriously.



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