Song of the Day #3,395: ‘In My Life’ – Dana Williams and Kylie Bunbury

Today our 6-week journey comes to a close as we reach the final installment of the 30 Day Music Challenge. And Day 30 is a doozy, asking us to come up with ‘A Song That Reminds You of Yourself.’

What does that mean, exactly? A song that depicts a character who resembles me in some way? Or a song that espouses an idea or emotion I’ve thought or felt? I’m leaning toward the latter interpretation.

With that in mind, I’m going with a song I’ve held close to my heart from the moment I first heard it. One of the wonderful things about The Beatles’ ‘In My Life’ is that its meaning has changed as my own life has changed. When you’re a kid it’s about your parents, when you’re a teen it’s about your friends, when you’re in love it’s about your beloved, when you’re a parent it’s about your kids.

I put this song on a mix tape for my wife before we were married, and I sang it to both of my daughters when they were small. Many years from now (I hope) it will take on new meaning yet again as my wife and I grow old together.

And what’s the consistent through line in all of that? Me.

So while this song makes me think about everybody I’ve ever loved, it also makes me think about myself.

[Verse 1]
There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

[Verse 2]
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

[Piano Solo]

[Verse 3]
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

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7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,395: ‘In My Life’ – Dana Williams and Kylie Bunbury

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Great choice, and I certainly could piggyback to pick “In My Life” as well. However, since you beat me to the punch and I’ve also highlighted the song in this 30 day challenge, I’m going to go with Billy Joel’s iconic “Piano Man.”

    Growing up playing this song, performing for friends and family and, in college, at bars, and dreaming of being a professional musician in those years, it was hard not to inhabit Joel’s experience and co-opt it as my own. Even to this day, when I hear or play this song, the line “,,,Man, what are you doing here” resonates not only in a literal sense that I might be talented enough to succeed in music, but in the more general sense of whether I went down the right path in life eschewing music to become an attorney. Mostly, I conclude I’m where I’m supposed to be and doing what I should be doing, but every now and again….

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    Great choices! I have really enjoyed this journey Clay. My choice today is I Am Woman sung by the great Peggy Lee 😊 wish I knew how to post the song.

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Not the Helen Reddy song

  4. Amy says:

    A song that reminds me of myself… and I haven’t yet featured Lyle Lovett… this is going to be tricky. My piano man husband has written a few songs for me over the decade, so those remind me of myself, to be certain. A song like “That’s Right You’re Not from Texas,” which Maddie chose because it reminds her of me, certainly could be a contender, and that would enable me to represent Lyle. However, I think I’m going to wind up featuring James Taylor one last time. Whenever this song comes on the radio/stereo, we sing it and point to each other during the chorus – how sweet it is to be loved by you and you and you… that songs reminds me of myself, the luckiest wife and mother around.

  5. Maddie says:

    This is a tough one, but I’ll go with the first song to come to mind:

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