Today’s task is to write about the three most important songs in my life and tell what they mean to me.
“Dance with my Father”- Luther Vandross
- This song reminds me of my dad. He died when I was 11 years old. He was the first person I ever danced with. He taught me how to dance salsa and merengue as a little girl, and though these are popular and traditional dances in the Puerto Rican culture, when I hear this song, this is the first memory that pops into my head. I have suffered tremendously since my dad died, but this song always manages to renew my spirit and makes me feel better when the going gets too tough for me to deal with.
I treasure the moments I used to dance with my dad and I know when we meet again we will dance on the clouds high above the ground as the angels play music in the background.
“A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men
- As the title states, it is a song that I have dedicated to my mom. The past almost 23 years that my dad has been gone, she has been the backbone of our family. She raised me and my siblings as a single mother after my dad’s passing, never once turning her back on us, or giving up, even when it felt like the walls were caving in on us. She based her entire purpose of living on all 6 of us kids (now adults with our own kids), without hesitation.
It feels like we have survived the harshest and coldest wars, but all the while, Mama Mia, as I call her, took charge and never allowed for any circumstance to defeat us. She is the reason we have remained a family unit and why we haven’t gotten lost along our journey in life. We are who we are today because of her. She is our personal Guardian Angel on earth and we are more than proud and honored to say she is our mom!
“Diamond” – Rihanna
- This song must have came on the radio 16,000,000,000 times when my family was traveling from Florida to Pennsylvania in November of 2012. I had no idea who the singer was, but for some reason every time it came on the radio, I would listen to it with such an intense focus. I found out it was Rihanna singing about an hour into the drive by checking Google. By this time I had the song completely memorized, since it played hundreds of times already. I loved the lyrics from the jump!
Well, only 4 hours into our trip, I received the most devastating news! My mom called to say that my oldest sister had passed away from cancer. The purpose of our trip was to go see my sister in the hospital and all 12 of us, packed in a huge rental van really thought we would make it to my sister’s bedside in time, but we didn’t. We were too late. Since that day, every time I hear this song, I think of my sister. I think of the very second at 4:06AM on November 6,2012 that I received that phone call from my mom telling me that my sister was gone, and I remember how my heart felt like it had exploded into a zillion pieces; broken beyond repair.