Having your name show up in a song can be a blessing -- or a curse. Luckily for our contributor Faith Salie, she happens to have a name (and a noun) that, so far, has been sung about pretty positively. Some of our listeners, not so much. The CBS Sunday Morning correspondent joined host John Schaefer along with the author of Rock and Roll Baby Names, Margaret Eby, to talk about having a soundtrack to your name.
Below, read Faith Salie's thoughts on finding her name in music -- and listen to her personalized playlist.
I've always loved my name, even if no one can ever understand it over the phone and so I end up being called "Stace," "Safe," and "Face." I especially love songs with my name in them, and I’m not even counting the religious ones.
Here are a few that, now that I've lined them up, offer a suggestion of a musical scrapbook of my life…
"Faith" (as in “Gotta Have” by George Michael):
I mean, the Holy Grail of “Faith” songs. It came out the year I learned to drive, and I have only happy memories of its being sung to me in convertibles with girlfriends, in the halls of North Springs High School, and then, ever since, at wedding receptions where I suddenly become the center of attention, which I don’t hate.
"Have A Little Faith In Me"
A boyfriend asked me to listen to this song when he was fighting some demons and consistently letting me down. At the time, I heard the song as hopeful; now when I hear it, I think phew, man, I dodged a bullet.
I have always loved Journey, way before the Sopranos and Glee made it cool again. Although, thematically, this song has absolutely zero resonance, I remember wearing a strapless white lace Gunne Sax dress with matching fingerless gloves, slow-dancing to this with Bear Petty at the 8th-grade dance and how exciting it all felt.
"I Hope You Dance"
Okay, “faith” is not in the title, but it is in the most moving lyric of this Lee Ann Womack song. Further solidifying my presence as the least cool and cheesiest contributor to Soundcheck, I LOVE this song. It was my first dance with my dad at my second wedding (!), and I sing it to my baby boy. “Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance.” C’mon, you can’t be dry eyed!
"I Keep Faith"
Billy Bragg sang this to me (or at least right in front of me) at WNYC during my erstwhile radio show, Fair Game. I sighed audibly when he was done: I remember feeling so lucky that day…so lucky to have such an amazing job. Well, the lyrics turned out to be ironic, since my radio show was unceremoniously yanked soon after. Still love the song.
- Written by contributor Faith Salie