MMTM: Jackson 5 Christmas Album

Now up until now, I’ve only done songs not albums in their entirety. It’s probably due to the fact that unlike like my parent’s generation of records 8 tracks, and cassettes, or even my early childhood of CDs, the MP3/iPod era has made it easy to only listen to certain songs. But I couldn’t just pick one. It had to be the entire album.

When I was a little girl, Starbucks used to have those music station with the big headphones where my brother and I would listen to all different albums.

We would sit in their big comfy chairs as we would drink our hot chocolate on our Texas frigid winter afternoons. I remember my brother and I being so excited when the stations were open and bargaining with each other when only one spot was open. I can’t adequately convey with words the amount of joy those moments brought me. My mother always struggled to pry us off those stations. Those memories is such a vivid, distinct, and wonderful memory that it had to make the list. For me, it isn’t Christmas until I put it on. Today, it’s on and it’s officially Christmas time.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, or simply put Happy Holidays!



MTMM: Stop This Train

“Stop This Train” by: John Mayer

This song has always been one of my favorite John Mayers songs. When I was younger my love for this song mainly stemmed from the melody and how soft, yet happy this song seemed. But as I grew up, my love for this song did too.

While all the other little girls couldn’t wait to grow up and be 16, 18, or 20, I was fine staying put. Being a kid was great to me, besides adulthood always seemed sucky and not fun. On the eve of my 18th birthday, I was filled with dread. I didn’t want to be an adult, I didn’t want to forge my own path on my own. I wanted my momma and my pops and I was perfectly okay admitting that.

I remember having a talk with my own dad, kinda like the one John Mayer mentions in his song. I told my dad I don’t want to grow up. I wasn’t ready for change. My dad pointed to the bracelet I had on my hand and he said “life is like your bracelet, it gets faded but you learn to love it anyway.” That is something that stuck to me.

Despite us growing and changing, there is beauty to be found and each stage of life. You learn to love watching yourself master things and accomplish big goals. But you also get to watch the next generation grow up, you get to raise one too. Eventually your kids will too. It’s a beautiful cycle, we just have to find the beauty in each stage. You have to learn to love the ride your on, because you’ll never be able to stop this train.

Favorite Lyrics:

“So scared of getting older
I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun
Had a talk with my old man
Said, “Help me understand.”
He said, “Turn 68,
you’ll renegotiate
Don’t stop this train
Don’t for a minute change the place you’re in
Don’t think I couldn’t ever understand
I tried my hand
John, honestly, we’ll never stop this train.” ”

MTMM: Gonna Get over You and Breathe Again

“Gonna Get over You” and “Breathe Again” by: Sara Bareilles

For a good period of time, I had some really close people to me, relationships and friendships that I thought were going to last a long time, for forever really, just disintegrate. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t enough.  It was really hard for me to let them go, they all left me quite unexpectedly, it kinda left me feeling broken. I gave everything I had, I did everything I could, there was nothing that I could do to stop the inevitable from happening.

These songs reminded me during those times that even though I’m not okay now, one day I will be. They were two song I held close to me. Both provided the same ease of “I’ll be okay one day,” but in two different tones. While, Gonna Get over You had a perky, upbeat tone that left me looking up. Breathe Again had a somber tone that allowed me to mourn the broken relationship.

Favorite Lyrics:

“I’ll be alright, just not tonight”

“Hoping someday, I’ll breathe again”


MTMM: I Know Where I’ve Been

“I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray

After the election results were announced, I was devastated. I was upset. I was frustrated. I was scared.

Immediately after I found out I posted this on Facebook:

I’m scared. I’m scared for me.. I’m scared for my future children.. I’m scared for our world.. I’m scared..

I didn’t know what was going to happen. I had seen what awfulness this election brought, I was scared it was only going to be given a bigger voice. I was scared that all our progress was going to be thrown down the drain. I was scared for more bigotry, more misogyny, more xenophobia, more LGBTQ bashing, more racism.

It took me a while to get my head back into “school mode,” when all I could think of what was to possibly come. But in the effort to maintain my good grades, I attempted to study for my test. I was obviously looking forward to NBC’s Hairspray: Live! (because I loooove all of the Hairsprays before) So in an effort to boost my motivation to study I played the soundtrack on shuffle.

When this song came on, I immediately stopped. Though this song was written in 2001, based on a movie from 1988 which was set in the 1960’s, I felt automatically connected to it. It felt so perfect for today. It felt like a battle cry.

“So you tried once and you failed. We can’t get lazy when things get crazy. Children, you were not the first to try and you won’t be the last, but I am here to tell you that I’m gonna keep lining up until someday somebody breaks through. And I’ve been looking at that door a lot longer than you.”

-Motormouth Maybelle (Act 2, Scene 4)

I absolutely love this mini monologue she says before she sings, it only intensifies the gravity of the song. It makes her song hit you harder. You know when she says that something goods gonna come soon.

This song comforted me at that time. I had it on repeat for weeks, maybe months. It reminded me that though people may suffer, we are mighty. We must stand up and fight. The reward is worth it. We must press on because it would be a shame not to.

Favorite Lyrics:

“There’s a road we must travel
There’s a promise we must make
Oh, but the riches, the riches will be plenty
Worth the risks and the chances that we take

There’s a dream, yeah, in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
Use that pride in our hearts to lift us up to tomorrow
‘Cause just to sit still would be a sin

I know it, I know it, I know where I’m going
Lord knows I know where I’ve been
Oh, when we win, I’ll give thanks to my God
‘Cause I know where I’ve been”


MTMM: You’ve Got a Friend

“You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and James Taylor

My earliest memory I have of this song is when I was probably about 12 or 13. My dad was watching the Live at the Troubadour episode and this song come on.

“Right, babe, this is our song,” my mom says “right, babe?”. My dad just nods his head. “Babe, let’s dance.” He gets up and they sway back and forth until the song ends.

Once the song is over, my parents tell me the story of the relationship. They told me how they always knew they could call on each other no matter what.  They told me that there beginnings as friends carried on to ever part of their relationship and how it just made their bond stronger.

From that moment, this song was engraved in my mind as my parent’s “song.” It reminds me that in their darkest of times their bond as friends carried them through everything together. It reminds me of the sweetest part of their relationship and how they’d do anything for each other, at anytime. It reminds me of their love.

Favorite Lyrics:

“If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.”



MTMM: September

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

I can imagine it now. It’s a hot summer day, we’re driving down the highway, jammed pack into a rental car, hopping from one state to another on our annual family road trip. My brother and I are snacking  on whatever we could get our hands on. My mom is searching on her phone for our next adventure, then this song comes on…

My dad is driving and as this song comes on he’s messing with the dials to make the perfect mix of bass and treble. My mom, my brother, and I are dancing and singing without a care in the world as my dad calmly bobs his head.

“C’mon, dad. Dance with us, dance with us.” We would plead until cave and groove his head ever so slightly more. He’d tell us, this is what real music. When I was younger, I don’t think I believed him. But now, I firmly agreed.

This is real music. It’s joy. It’s groove. It evokes emotion. It makes it impossible to forget. The bass, the rhythm, the melody. You know the moment that song comes on, that’s your jam.

This song has become a part of the soundtrack of my life. An irreplaceable part to the story telling of who I am. Just a girl dancing through adventures basking in the summer sun with my family.

Favorite Lyric:

“There was a
Ba de ya – say do you remember
Ba de ya – dancing in September
Ba de ya – golden dreams were shiny days

Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
ba de ya de ya de ya
De ya”


Music That Made Me

Music is an influential part of my life. It’s a way of connection. Connection to feelings, situations and people. I want to start a new series where I open your eyes to my connections. These songs that are close to my heart. Maybe you’ll learn more about who I am, and what has shaped me into who I am today.