You know when you're out with a guy that you kinda have a crush on, and he asks you a question that you would normally have an answer to like, "If you were going to be introduced to a group of people and use a song as your introduction piece what would your song be?" and you rack your brain because surely the answer is there, and instead your brain gives you BLANK, and you think, "Wow, this guy must think I'm super boring." You know how that happens? Yeah, that happened to me this week. Pretty much all week in fact.
I went with Carrie Underwood's "While We're Young and Beautiful
", but that's really cause I felt pressured to provide some sort of answer. Approximately 30 seconds after I named a song I determined I didn't like it. Also I believe I said LeeAnn Rimes sang the song - but he didn't know any better.
I've perused my iTunes library and I still don't have an answer. How are you supposed to find a song that a) fits your personality and b) is appropriate for your audience? I love many many songs, but they might send the wrong message.
Gavin DeGraw's "I'm In Love With a Girl" for instance. I am not actually, in love with a girl. I'm not even in like with a girl. I just love that song.
Seabird's "Black and Blue". That's not necessarily an audience friendly song. But it's a damn good song. But I'm not sure what kind of message I'd convey if I used that song.
Jason Mraz's "Butterfly" isn't appropriate for audiences. At least not speaking audiences. But it's an incredible song.
I have a good number of Spanish songs I like, but I have no idea what the lyrics mean, and that seems rather dangerous. I have many classical songs I love, but they won't necessarily get the crowd pumped to hear me speak.
In the end I would probably pick a "classic" that everyone knows that I enjoy but don't love. Or a song that no one has heard by Pink Martini, Marc Broussard, Eric Clapton, The Roots, John Mayer, the Josh Joplin Group, Keith Urban, or Toby Keith. Such a simple question - too hard of an answer for someone who loves all sorts of music and overthinks her answers.