Jill ScottDo you remember the 90s comedy “Ally McBeal” starring Calista Flockhart? Well anywho, on that show, Ally’s therapist insisted that she come up with a theme song for her life.  Sounds hokey, but years later, I ended up doing that exact same thing.

I have not one single bit of musical talent in my body (Singing in the shower doesn’t count, right?), but music is a huge part of my life. If I’m not having a conversation with someone or otherwise engaged in an activity that requires full concentration, I am listening to music.  Makes sense that I would come up with a song that encapsulates what I want from life or how I live life.

My choice was “Golden” by Jill Scott.  Kind of a typical, totally expected choice, but it really is MY song. The words, the vibe, the tempo–it’s all there. I can literally bop to it as I’m walking down the street. It has a good energy.

A sampling of the lyrics:

I’m taking my own freedom

Putting it in my song

Singing loud and strong

Grooving all day long

I’m taking my freedom

Putting it in my stroll

I be high-stepping y’all

Letting the joy unfold

Whenever I have a challenging day ahead or a big decision to make, I play this song. It puts me in a good mood and reminds me to be pro-active about my happiness. A close runner-up for my life’s theme song would be Stevie Wonder’s “As.” Oh, how I love that man’s music!

What’s your life’s theme song and why? Put some of the lyrics in your comment.

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.

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