This coming weekend is the weekend away with some of my college friends and to celebrate that, I thought I would revisit some more music from our college years (related posts: College Songs, College Songs 2).
Only Time | Enya
I discovered Enya in college and her music was perfect for studying… just like the Braveheart soundtrack. A month or so ago I was at a coffee shop reading and created an Enya station on Pandora and oh my goodness did it take me right back to the dorm room (or coffee kitchen), listening to my discman (remember when you could only listen to one album at a time when you were on the go?).
Against the Wind | Maire Brennan
My studying music also included a couple Celtic Women CDs (this one and this one were my favorites) and hearing any of the songs again after over a decade again immediately makes me feel all sorts of anxiety about needing to study or write a paper – which is both comforting and worrisome.
Only Wanna Be With You | Hootie & The Blowfish
Poor Darius Rucker, I, like everyone else in the world thought that Hootie was his actual name, or at least his nickname. But I do just love Hootie… and I love to say that word, hootie… also, the drummer with his long hair cracks me up and this video in general.
3 A.M. | Matchbox Twenty (back when they were Matchbox 20)
A band that as survived the test of time… I wonder how sick of this song they are, I’d imagine they still play it at concerts. I remember this CD very clearly and pulling it out to listen to for the first time when my shipment of free CDs from BMG came (anyone else sign up for the 12 free CDs from BMG like a dozen times? I had a CD purchasing problem.).
I’ll Be | Edwin McCain
Edwin McCain had pretty fabulous hair back in the day. I do love this song and thought it was so sad he didn’t have more hits but a quick search reminded me of Could Not Ask for More so I was proven wrong, he had two hits. Really, when you have lyrics like “the rain falls angry on the tin roof” you can’t expect to have long-term success.
Let Us Pray | Steven Curtis Chapman
I remembered this song with the thought that maybe I was going to make fun of it a little but then it started playing on YouTube and it made me want to dance. I need to play it for the kids tonight… I think they will love it.
Lead of Love | Caedmon’s Call
I cannot recall if I have ever seen Caedmon’s Call in concert, but I know I certainly have more than my fair share of their music and this was the first song I fell in love with. I didn’t really listen to Christian music before I went to Calvin – just Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman at youth rallies, who are great in their own way but Caedman’s Call really appealed to me the same way pop music did… more than just “God” music that you listened to because you were a good little Christian.
Barely Breathing | Duncan Sheik
I see Glee did a cover of this song but I prefer the original. The lyrics… they might have been incredibly poignant for any heartbroken 20-something. But isn’t every 20-something heartbroken at some point, we are all a little overly-emotional at that stage of life.
I Don’t Want to Wait | Paula Cole
If you were a female in her early 20s in the late 90s, this song is likely pretty near and dear to your heart. And you fall on one side of the Pacey vs. Dawson spectrum (if you picked Pacey, we could be BFFs).
One Sweet World | Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
When they came to Calvin my freshman year and I went to the concert with Sparky Mark (so named because I felt no spark for the poor guy but did not let that stop me from going to the concert with him because I wasn’t about to miss out due to a lack of attraction), Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds open with this song. This concert (nearly 3 hours of acoustic Dave and Tim) and David Gray in Minneapolis (a concert that sold out in five minutes in an old theater – Heidi and I were in the balcony and could feel the whole floor swaying from the people and the music – and back with he toured with just his drummer) are my two favorite concerts that I’ve ever been to – what’s your favorite? Or what songs bring you back your college years?