So it’s no secret that my Sir is about to deploy. He’ll be gone, out doing an important job on a submarine. Somewhere. In an ocean. That’s about all I know. I will manage life here at home for me and my one-year-old daughter. We will do our best to make the days pass quickly so we can go back to having him home with us. I’ll be the one to handle any and all temper tantrums, emergencies, bad days, and tragedies. Of course, I’ll also see every single milestone and achievement and smile. That’s how I plan to get through this. Focus on the good things, the things I can control, and have the world’s longest countdown. (For OPSEC reasons, of course, it will not be an accurate countdown. But I think a visual reminder will help.) I figure I’ll need some good music to listen to.
So a few days ago, I heard a new Josh Groban song. “River.” It was a huge mind blowing moment for me. I was obsessed before the song even ended the first time I heard it. I listened to it on repeat for about forty-five minutes. I’m sure my daughter was thrilled. It was an uplifting song, meant for when you’re feeling down. But here’s the thing. Many uplifting songs just tell you that you’ll get through this and have an upbeat sort of feel. This one, in my opinion, is for when you’re still in the middle of your troubles and you haven’t come to the greener grass yet. It was a nice change. It made me want to make a deployment playlist of other songs for myself.
You know when you try to think of your favorite songs and all of a sudden, it’s like you’ve never listened to music in your life? You suddenly can’t think of anything. This was me. All I knew was that I wanted “River” on this playlist. So I crowd sourced on Facebook and Googled “deployment playlist” and was rewarded with lots of curated lists that other people have made. Only, I didn’t think many of the songs pertained to me. There are lots of country songs about soldiers, for example. And while I love me some country music, my Sir isn’t a soldier. He’s a sailor. Specifically, he’s a submariner. So here’s my submarine deployment playlist. It has songs that are specific to me and my husband (our special song, or songs that make me think of him in particular), songs that just plain make me happy, songs about boats and sailing, and uplifting ‘girl power’ songs. It kind of runs the gamut of genres too.
“Then” by Brad Paisley–This was the song we danced to first at our wedding and it has become our song. Love it!
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz–This is something we actually say to each other a lot.
“Lucky” by Jason Mraz–This song describes us so well!
“River” by Josh Groban–I could listen to this song all day, methinks.
“Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot–A good uplifting song without being too upbeat in your face.
“Beyond the Sea” by Robbie Williams–You’ll recognize this one from the Finding Nemo credits and it’s highly appropriate for a Navy family.
“Feels Like Home” (Bonus Track) by Josh Groban–You may notice a bit of a Josh Groban obsession.
“Soldier” by Gavin DeGraw–One of my favourite songs to sing. It just makes me happy to sing along to this in the car.
“Love Only Knows” by Josh Groban–Just one of the drippy romantic sappy love songs on here.
“Daylight” by Maroon 5–Especially right now, it echoes my thoughts of wanting him to stay a little longer.
“Home” by Michael Buble–My take on how he may be feeling as the days, weeks, months go by.
“Don’t Cry” by Nathan Pacheco–An uplifting, ‘you can do it!’ song but by my favorite classical crossover singer. Love this guy.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele–Because I’d do anything for my Sir.
“I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi–Kind of self-explanatory.
“Keep the Faith” by Bon Jovi–Ditto on the self-explanatory
“The Time of My Life” by David Cook–love songs are great.
“You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” Josh Groban–The title says it all.
“Would You Go With Me” by Josh Turner–One of my favs and just makes me happy to listen to.
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson–“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Deployment mantra!
“I’m On A Boat” (Feat. T-Pain) by The Lonely Island–This one is explicit but hilarious. And I can’t get enough of it. And I feel like I shouldn’t let my daughter listen to it. #MomGuilt
“Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars–This is one of my Sir’s favorites and since I think of him dancing to this every time I hear it, of course it has to be on my playlist.
“Valentine” by Martina McBride–the lovey-doviest song on here.
“I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons–I’m literally waiting for him. Navy life means a lot of waiting.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers–We love to listen to this on roadtrips and sing it together at the top of our lungs!
“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten–Girl power. Enough said.
“Marry Me” by Train–awww, another love song.
“A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton–I really would walk a thousand miles for him. Don’t get me wrong. There would be massive complaining about pain in my feet and blisters I’m sure. But I’d do it. For him.
“The Prayer” (duet with Josh Groban) by Celine Dion–Another one of the classical crossover songs that just makes me happy. Because I grew up listening to Celine and I love Josh Groban and I love to sing in Italian. Win Win Win.
“Roads” by Chris Mann–Love this guy.
“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera–This song is about bouncing back after a bad relationship, but we need more girl power.
“So Close” from the Enchanted Soundtrack–I’m kind of a Disney nut and the line: “So far we are, so close” struck a chord with me.
“The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks–One of the happiest days of my life was going to the Garth Brooks concert he gave here on Oahu and this is my all time favorite Garth Brooks song. It was appropriate.
“Perfect Storm” by Brad Paisley–Kinda how I think my Sir views me. Regardless, it makes me think of him.
“My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw–Because he is in fact, my best friend!
“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas–Woohoo! (See what I did there?)
“Survivor” by Destiny’s Child–Because I’m determined to at least survive this deployment. Once it’s over, we’ll see if I’ve in fact thrived.
“Can’t Hold Us” (feat. Ray Dalton) by Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis–Another one of my favs.
“All Star” by Smash Mouth–Whether you know this song because of Shrek or you were a late 90s kid, it’s just fun. How can you not smile when you hear it?
So that’s my list. I’m sure, as this deployment wears on, I’ll tweak it. I’ll skip songs some days and add or delete songs. Tell us what you think! What songs get you through your own deployments?