Memories and Music

If you have been reading me for a while, you know I am a lover of many things. One of the biggest influences in my life is music. I listen to it daily, and it moves me in ways nothing else can. Music has always been a big part of my life. My mom used to tell me that I started dancing before I could walk.

One of my favorite things is sharing music with others. My best friend and I often send songs to each other, and it makes me feel connected to her. I love it when people send me music!

I am not the biggest country music fan. I like some songs, but I am picky. However, growing up in the Appalachian mountains, country music is very much engrained in my roots, and for many Appalachians, it is a way of life. So, whether I like it or not, country music has found its way onto the soundtrack of my life.

I’ve been going through old playlists, trying to rediscover those songs that have impacted my life but have not found their way into my recent playlists, and I came across Toby Keith!

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I worked in an accounting office for a major retail chain I like to refer to as Hell-Mart. In all my years of working, I am not sure I have ever worked with a more eclectic group of people. We became like family and enjoyed each other’s company despite our differences. There was an understanding between all of us, and we all worked hard to make each other’s work lives operate as smoothly as possible. I knew my colleagues genuinely had my back, and I had theirs. I often miss that sense of comradery. It’s hard to find.

My boss, Sharon, had a mad crush on Toby Keith. I get it; I mean, he’s broad-shouldered, easy on the eyes, seems like a bit of a goofball, and loves our military. What’s not to love?

I digress. Due to her massive crush on the man, Toby Keith’s music often played in the office, and I have many memories attached to it. I came across the song “Who’s your Daddy?”

I don’t remember all the details, but I remember we had a crisis, and we had to work closely with the Accounts Payable manager, Andrew, to figure out how to solve the issue. After the matter had been resolved, Andrew kept finding reasons to come into the office, and I remember looking at my boss and asking if he did that often, and she responded, “Not before you were hired.”

I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t really make the connection of what she was getting at because I have always tried to see the best in people, and Andrew seemed so nice. When I worked early mornings, he would bring me coffee from my favorite cafe, but he also brought coffee to Sharon, and when I would point this out, she would respond, “Yeah, because it would be too obvious if he only brought you coffee.”

I laugh about it now because, looking back, it was apparent. He used to leave me random notes to find. He would hide them in money bags, the safe, behind the computer, etc… and he would send me flowers on my birthday.

Anyway, I really got to know him because any time there was an issue, he was the guy to call to help solve the problem, and when he needed assistance, he always requested yours truly. I thought it was due to my strong work ethic and research skills, which I’m sure played a part, but Sharon would always shake her head at me and make sarcastic remarks that it had absolutely nothing to do with his infatuation.

One day, he walked into the office dressed to the nines and started serenading me with the lyrics to “Who’s Your Daddy?” It made me laugh, and somehow, it became a running joke. I never actually called him “Daddy,” but anytime he called, came to visit, or just passed by, the entire office would scream, “Kristian, it’s your daddy!” My face would always turn the shade of a fire hydrant, and once Andrew learned he could make me blush, he always made an effort to turn my cheeks red.

I was instantly brought back to that memory, which made me laugh at my naivete and the fun I had. I wonder what Andrew is up to these days. I hadn’t thought about him in a long time, but I hope he’s happy wherever he is and whatever he’s doing.

After I left Hell-Mart, I stayed in touch with a few people, including Sharon. A few years ago, she complained that she was going through a difficult time and wasn’t sure what to do about it. I told her to take her man’s advice and “Call a Marine.” We laughed about it, and now any time one of us is struggling, that’s our advice to the other because “they are built to improvise, adapt, and overcome.”

It’s funny how things in life turn out sometimes and how a simple song can bring back so many memories!

Thanks for taking the trip down memory lane with me. I will leave you with a few of my favorite Toby Keith songs.

What artists’ have made it on your life’s soundtrack?

Love & life lessons,


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20 Responses to Memories and Music

  1. A song that has made my list is Brother Rural Alberta Advantage

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  2. Paula Light says:

    Nice memory share. I do like country music, though not all of it. Steve Earle is one of my faves…

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  3. parkermccoy says:

    Great story! Toby Keith is a genius for recognizing the power of a red solo cup. Woohoo!

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you! Hahaha. I love the part of the song where the music stops and he says, “You’re not just a cup,” and a guy in the background says, “God no!” It cracks me up every time! 🤣

      Toby Keith does a lot for our military. I greatly admire him for that!

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  4. good2begone says:

    Music is also my everything. Over the last few years Sturgill Simpson has been my go to. His music has opened my eyes and ears to many new things. Great post!

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  5. Brad Osborne says:

    I don’t know the man, but I do appreciate his love and support for our service men and women!

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    • kristianw84 says:

      I don’t know him personally, but I did my research (You know how I love my research,) and he doesn’t boast or anything, but you can tell he enjoys performing for our service men and women. From my understanding, he has donated a lot if time and money to and for them! I don’t love all his music, and he’s not my favorite musical artist, but I respect that he writes his own songs, and his charitable efforts!

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  6. Shanna says:

    I can think of so much music that played a part of my life in the past and presently. For all the births of my children, I listened to John Coltrane. Music is an important part of my life for sure. What wonderful memories.


    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you! Like you, I have so many songs/artists to share. I’m thinking of making this a series! I think it’s sweet you listened to John Coltrane for the births of your children.


  7. Jeff says:

    The soundtrack of my life is extremely varied, and has, of course, grown as I have gotten older. In my adolescent years, it was largely made up of Deep Purple, Yes, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Oh, and Alice Cooper. Can’t forget him. Sprinkle in some Three Dog Night, along with a smattering of Bubble Gum music from my childhood (1910 Fruitgum Company, and Ohio Express).

    In later years, as the aforementioned remained, I began gravitating towards “alt-Christian” music, stuff that you won’t find on any radio station. My favorites are Daniel Amos (and any other project by front-man Terry Scott Taylor), The Choir, and the Seventy-Sevens (whom you might also find as 77s, depending on what year it is). My favorite Daniel Amos song is “I Love You #19.” My favorite song by The Choir is harder to pin down, but might be “Someone To Hold Onto” or “Restore My Soul.” And the Seventy-Sevens song is “The Lust, the Flesh, the Eyes, and the Pride of Life.”

    One more thing, and I’ll shut up (sorry to go on so long). Recently, as I have moved more into meditation, I have fallen in love with a duo called Salt of the Sound, a husband/wife team that lives in Hong Kong (?), I think. Beautiful, ambient sounds, many instrumental, and her voice is like an angel.

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Thank you for your comment. You never have to apologize for length. I appreciate your responses!

      I love Three Dog Night! A lot of songs/artists are on my soundtrack, too!

      Thank you for sharing. I will check out the songs you mentioned! 🤗

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  8. Music has always been a part of my life – and my savior at times when life was tough. I like country music, but it has changed a lot in the past 20 years from definitely knowing it’s country music to more like being easy-listening music. In my “early” adulthood, my two favorite artists were Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand (yes, I know, that ages me instantly!). More than ever recently, I’ve gotten into purely instrumental music, oldies like Ray Lynch and George Winston, and new artists who haven’t become famous yet. At times, it’s refreshing to just let the music alone take me on a journey instead of the lyrics take me on a journey.

    My favorite song, which I consider my theme song, is “The Girl with the Weight of the World in her Hands” by the Indigo Girls.

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    • kristianw84 says:

      I love George Winston! Most of my favorite bands are from the decades before I was born. I am a lover of all things vintage!

      I had not heard “The Girl with the Weight of thr World in her Hands,” but it moved me, and knowing that it is your favorite, I now feel like I know you better! Thank you for sharing!

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      • Sweet friend: There are very few to whom I’ve shared my favorite song, for the reason alone that it takes a special kind of person to truly understand the intricacies of the lyrics. I knew instinctively that it would speak itself to you and that it would also become for you a light into my soul seen by very few. Thank you for taking the time to listen to it!

        And…it’s a perfect time to pull out George Winston’s December album!

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      • kristianw84 says:

        Aww. That means so much to me! I’m glad you felt comfortable sharing a part of yourself with me, and I feel you!

        Yes, it is! The December album, a cup of hot tea, and some writing sounds perfect!


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