Music is my life and it’s one of my biggest escape routes to just forget how things are now and let me replay the memories, good and bad. Music is also a great way to express what you are feeling here and now.
For me it’s essential to reflect back to the then and compare it to the mentality and growth that I’ve been working on today for myself and my future, and remind myself of who I used to be compared to the individual I am now.
When you see my playlist, you will see a lot of mixed feelings in this journey, but you need to realize a lot of soldiers go through a lot of emotional pain, physical pain, and spiritual pain, whether it’s on the surface or not.
Keep notes that this playlist is of my world and mentality back in 2006-2007. Even though I still enjoy all the music below today, does not mean I feel exactly the same now then I did back then.
First, I will give you my Top Ten of songs that symbolized myself, my hardships, and my mentality when I was in Iraq, also, these songs kept me straight throughout the year in the sandbox.
10. Blue Oyster Cult – Veteran of the Psychic Wars
9. Drowning Pool – Soldiers
8. Toby Keith – American Soldier
7. Tim McGraw – If You’re Reading This
6. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
5. Three Doors Down – Here Without You
4. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of
3. Crossfade – Washing The World Away
2. Mark Schultz – Letters From War
1. Fort Minor – Where’d You Go
Here is the rest of my playlist that I have created for my Operation Iraqi Freedom soundtrack called “Boots on Ground” that’s created with some Country, a touch of Hip-Hop, and various Rock music.