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The Soundtrack of My Life

By Ria Denise

August 23, 2012

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Wedding Dedication
Case -- "Happily Ever After"


I have wanted this song played or sung during my first dance with my future husband during our wedding reception since it first came out. It just fits everything I should feel about him and his feelings should equally match of course. You have to admit, it is beautiful to have these feelings about someone. It is always someone out there for everyone who will make them feel this profusely.


Birth of Child
Bette Midler -- "Baby Mine"


Beaches has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. As I got older and subsequently got sick it reminded me of my relationship with one of my closest friends and she refuses to watch it at all. Being a fan of Bette Midler, I naturally think the soundtrack is awesome but this song, however, was a song that reflects the best wishes you would want for any child.


Life In General
Twinkie Clark & Richard White Clean -- "Accept What God Allows"


I can't say much about this song because it speaks for itself. What I can say about it is that it has taught me throughout my struggles to just accept what it going on in your life because it can be far worse. I find myself having my own little concert when I am down and want to play the "why me" card. Singing this actually helps. Just have a listen.


On My Death Bed
Reverend Paul Jones -- "I Won't Complain"


This was a favorite of my grandmother. We used to listen to it on the way to church on Sunday mornings faithfully. It coincides with the previous song, that it is no reason to complain about things in your life when people have so much more devastating things going on. In the end, I am lucky to have somewhere to safely lay my head at night and I am blessed to be semi-healthy compared to those who aren't. Who am I to complain? R.I.P., Handsome.


Final Viewing
Boyz II Men -- "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"


I first heard this song watching Cooley High, in which my mom made her acting debut as an extra, so she took pride in this movie. This song, no matter what cover it is, hits the spot. Who wouldn't want people to have the memories of you good and bad, and this is what I would want to tell the people I love when I leave. It's hard to be left behind when you truly love someone and miss them everyday. To me, this song gets me through a mild case of grief but not always.


End Credits
Céline Dion -- "My Heart Will Go On"


I know I am not the only one who has imagined what the afterlife brings. Whether your belief is -- heaven, hell, reincarnation or other -- it still has to cross your mind right? Truth is, I have had near death experiences where I have literally seen the light that most people speak of during such times, only to go back to complete darkness and wake up back in reality. If that moment had a song, this will be it. I imagine this song playing throughout my final ascent wherever that might be.

What is the soundtrack to your life? It is worth a thought isn't it?

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Ria Denise

Ria Denise

My name is Ria and I want to welcome you to Lyfe Positive. I'm a 30ish, African-American female living with HIV.

I am finally at the stage where I need to let my voice be heard in hopes of inspiring those who fight the stigma. I know it's not going to be uncomplicated and I know that I have a long way to backtrack. But I am trying to be the woman I know I was meant to be.

This blog features the randomness of my psyche, realities of living with HIV, things I find interesting and the afrocentricity of me.

Welcome to my rediscovery.


Blessings Always... Ria D

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