Friendship Laced With Music

The song for this week’s Tunes For Tuesday post is one close to my heart on so many levels.

The song is “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.

The song brings me to a difficult place in my past every time I hear it. I think of sitting in the passenger seat of my friend’s vehicle at a time when I didn’t think I could get any lower.

My friend played me this song from a CD as we sat together, just the two of us, in her truck. She said she thought of me the first time she heard the song.

To say I felt low that day, that week, that series of months that turned to a year, is an understatement. She played me the song and had me listen to the words. I cried. She hugged me and said she would support me, no matter how bad things got.

As I listen to the music today, again I feel transported back to that day, back to that truck.

I had never heard the song before that particular day.

Do you have a song that is special to you because it transports you back to moment in time?

This is christyb, I am glad Bruno Mars recorded this song.

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30 thoughts on “Friendship Laced With Music

  1. Julie Catherine

    Christy, what a beautiful song. I got a bit teary over your post, but am so glad you had such a wonderful friend to share with and who supported you. One song that has a lot of meaning for me is, “I Hope You Dance”, by Lee Ann Womack. I didn’t really listen to country music until I drove to BC from Ontario in 2004, and it was playing on the radio. I had just left a really toxic, long-term relationship, and it was a very scary time for me – because I was driving across Canada alone, and because that’s when my more serious health issues were ganging up on me. The drive took me about 7 days; and it was my first real move towards true independence. I’ll never forget that trip. Awesome post! ~ Love, Julie xox

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I know that song Julie, it is another one with significance to me as it was played at the funeral of my grandad. I still miss him so much. I thank you for sharing with me your story and I am so happy that you decided to move forward on your own. What a big step that was! I can see how that song’s lyrics would motivate you and be like a friend, a comfort, with you on your drive. Fast forward a few years and here you are on my site. So happy we are friends xx

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      1. Julie Catherine

        I wish the comments people leave on your posts had ‘like’ buttons on them too, because I think they’re as awesome as your posts are! So happy we are friends too! πŸ™‚ xox

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      We have certainly gotten to know each other with our frequent exchanges, haven’t we Marc. I look forward to your comments and find my day is not complete without them. Thank-you for your friendship and guidance.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      There is much to be learned from listening to words, whether they are in the form of lyrics or otherwise. Thanks Raymond for the compliments and the Incoming… christyb is listening and learning.

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  2. lostupabove

    Hi Christy, what a wonderful, moving post. A very good friend you had or still have. As for the music that is special to me, I think you know that or at least where you can find it :D.
    Love, Steph xxx

    PS: I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award. Details here: http://wp.me/p1ZC80-Nr

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes Steph I know exactly the music that you mean. I am becoming quite the fan as well! I will be there soon to hear more. Thank-you for the nomination, what a lovely honour. Your nomination has me smiling now.

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  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    Music plays such an important role in our memories Christy.. loved this particular song.. And you asked did a special song evoke any memories for us.. Strange I should just open your Blog post after coming off the Phone with my sister.. She and I were just talking about Music.. And how she would sing the song.. ” Don’t Worry, Be Happy” over and over.. It helped her greatly when she had Breast Cancer Aged 36 and had to have a Mastectomy .. We were only just speaking of how if you can build a mantra within your mind how it helps one over come all obsticles…. So that song I am eternally greatful for . And I know my sister continues to say.. ” Dont Worry Be Happy!” because like she says when you are confronted with the Big C in life .. It puts all else into perspective..
    love and continued Blessings ~ Sue xx

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      What a coincidence Sue that you read this music post after that conversation. I am glad your sister is healing and that the song helped give her strength. Hard times really can make us appreciate the more positive moments and your sister certainly has clarity of thought. I am also glad you are there to support her. I know the song you speak of, it is fun and upbeat and a good one for me to keep in my head today! Love for you as well xx

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  4. Jane Carroll

    Christy…what a touching memory…music transports me in time as well…for better or worse…as they say…loved the video…thanks for sharing your memories with us…

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  5. ansuyo

    It is a beautiful song and much too old for you, probably why you hadn’t heard of it. I’m glad it was there for you when you needed it. Music has a way of doing that. I have so many that have helped me through rough spots. This one is a classic though. I still play it on my guitar. πŸ™‚ Angie

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  6. Cynthia

    A wonderful song and story to share. Thank you. πŸ˜‰ I can’t think of a song that transports me to a specific moment but during challenging times I do find myself humming Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come. I draw strength from that song.

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  7. Ali

    Music mm… a subject that opens a whole world of creativity. Afterall its poetry put to song and i think its amazing how each one of us can draw so much from the lyrics of one song that relates to our emotions. It plays an important part in my life even more so when i got the oppurtunity to meet Justin Furstenfeld from my favourite band Blue October last November when he toured the UK, words can’t express the inspiration this man brings to his fans showing how real emotion and life events can be put across through lyrics. I can relate to nearly every song by the band but one that particularly stands out is from his new album Any Man In America.

    This song really helped me out of a difficult patch when i was finishing writing my book, i remember sitting there thinking of shredding a years worth of blood, sweat and tears because i couldn’t close the door on one very hard chapter and this song came on my ipod and its like you transport away deep into your subconcious and it gave me the strength to continue to the end. When he sang it at the concert i was in tears of happiness and proud i saw it out to the end and for the first time in my life stopped blaming myself….

    Creativity in turn creates creativity…… Blue October The Getting Over It Part

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Wow. When you met Justin did you tell him the inspiration his music has brought you? I hope so. With my poetry I do enjoy the way my lines can transport or inspire readers. Yes music lyrics are variations of poetry and that is why they are included once a week here at my blog. Thanks Ali for sharing your experience, your song, and your heart with me. It is wonderful to see you here today. Hugs.

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  8. granbee

    Christy B, bless that friend and that truck and that memory that still apparently comforts and strengthens you to this very day! So glad to be back with you after winning a MS deadline battle last Friday! The song that still reverberates with me is “You light up my life”, as this is so meaningful to me on a temporal and a spiritual basis!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      That is certainly an uplifting song as well! Yes you read the post well to pick out the way the song and that particular scene in the truck still comfort me today. Thanks granbee for sharing your own song and for reading all my posts. How nice to see you today!

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