Music and Life –
I woke up this morning really pumped. Though sleepy, I was happy to be able to open my eyes and start a new day. It’s also great to wake up next to a person you like and love. We got through the morning “launch”, even dancing through a couple of songs on the radio, and still hit the departure time. There are a couple of songs that played during this time.
The first one, I like has a simple, repeating, adhesive melody, but with oddly dark and menacing words. It is eminently danceable and you can play sensually with the rhythm and each other. It’s fun when you play when you’re dancing and your partner responds even more playfully ( I hope it plays again tomorrow).
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People (audio).
The second song is a lively, rhythmic , Jamaican Love Song with light, fun lyrics and it fun and makes me want to dance. Find someone you like and dance it with them. The video is also entertaining:
“Say Hey ( I Love You)” by Michael Franti (audio)
The third song was “Some Nights” by Fun. The energy and strong rhythm of the chorus makes me feel joyful and makes me move. The lyrics are weak and mostly about not knowing what he stands for. It could have been a better marriage if the lyrics were about what he does stand for. But, the music carries the day. The audio version and the written lyrics, to me, are unrelated to the Civil War theme of the video e.g. “jack my style” and finding a distracting female “martyr in my bed”, “worried that you’ll forget me again” and “I wake up… and see your ghost…”, “..die in the desert sun…I called you up and we both agreed” don’t clearly connect for me to a (Civil) war story. Regardless, the rhythm and energy are very danceable.
” Some Nights” by Fun (Nate Ruess)
Another lively song also has Jamaican musical roots – “I’m on Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons.
Once, I hadn’t gone out with anyone for a long time. Dancing ,which I enjoy, was my socializing, but it ended with the music. I then met someone with potential, and this song came to mind. The music is is fun, but the lyrics are what carry it. It shows, after a long winter of solitude, the budding feeling at the beginning of a romantic relationship and the combination of uncertainty and the promising chemistry, and the feeling of happiness at the meeting and the pleasant experience of discovery.
Billy Joel – Longest Time
In affairs of the heart, sometimes one can’t “convince” a woman to change her mind. It reminds me of a passage from Bill Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman”
and she never gives out
And she never gives in,
she just changes her mind
Ultimately, she’s the only one who can change her mind. Hopefully, you can give her information she didn’t know and tell her what you’re feeling, what you wanted to happen and why you wanted it to happen, and, if she’s willing to listen, then maybe…
There’s another passage where he sings:
And she’ll promise you more than the garden of Eden
Then she’ll carelessly cut you and laugh while you’re bleeding
But she’ll bring out the best and the worst you can be
From your point of view, she might be wonderful, but she may cut you and laugh if she’s paying attention, or ignore if she she’s not. (Someone once said the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference- I know that’s true). In all cases, she can inspire you or she can crush you. While this can be uplifting or devastating, you have the ability to uplift her or drain the joy out of her, too.
Here’s the song: Billy Joel – Always a Woman.
I’m a guy. I tend to be quiet, reflective. I see things and do pay attention, but I try not to form an immediate judgement – I think life is a lot like that Indian story where the Chief tells a visitor that his son found and captured a beautiful white stallion and brought it home to train and ride. The visitor responded ” How wonderful that he was to capture such a fine horse”. The Chief responded “Not really. While he was training the horse, it threw him off and he broke his leg.”. The visitor answered” That’s terrible”. The Chief responded “Not really. Shortly after that, my son had to stay behind when the young braves went out on a war party, and many of them were killed”… and the discussion continued like that.
So, as a quiet, romantic male, I heard this song when a fellow worker got married. She was a blithe spirit and he was good ol’ boy and I didn’t know if he would allow her to fly enough to keep her spirit alive. The song is a wish that people can communicate non-verbally and be able to trust in and count on that communication. Words can clarify, but they may ultimately have the same dependability as non-verbal “feeling”. (On reflection, the non-verbal might be more reliable, especially if you are the more discerning type who pays more attention to what people do than to what they say.) So, here is the song:
Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing at All.
Another marvelous and uplifting Country song talks about the challenges of life and the daily choices that we make regarding them that shape what we do as well as the joy and quality of our lives. Some great lyrics.
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
Another good story told in a country song, is about a bar owner, who doesn’t have anyone in his life, and is cleaning up by himself at the end of the night. A woman comes trying to find her purse that she thinks she might have left in the bar. I liked how the story evolves and how they surprise each other.
We Danced – Brad Paisley
In a change of pace, in a movie featuring Richard Gere (I believe), there was a tune that played in the background of one scene in his apartment that was ethereal. I was able to track it down (pre Shazam – what a wonderful application! Its developer should be sainted along with the inventors of air conditioning, the snow blower, and General Zou’s chef) and found it was written by a French composer, Leo Delibes over 130 years ago. It is a duet between a coloratura soprano (the highest range female singer) and a mezzo-soprano (next highest female singer). This music is one of my absolute favorites.
Duet of the Flowers – Delibes
I went to a good concert in Chicago where the headliner was Robin Thick singing “Blurred Lines”. He sang the song well, but disappointed me because he skipped part of his act, confusing his band who didn’t understand that he wanted to just get it over with. His disinterest in being there was obvious to us in the crowd. The last performer was a young woman who’s first songs were very loud and punk-rocky and we bailed to beat the traffic. What I didn’t realize was that she sang a song that I really like and I would have enjoyed hearing it that night. It’s a lively song about how “after all this time”, and things that has passed, she’s telling her boyfriend “she’s still into him”.
Paramore – Still Into You
Blake Shelton’s “My eyes”
I wasn’t a fan of country for much of my life, but I ended up working in a place where that style was popular, so, I got exposed to it and learned that it has some of the best lyrics of any genre.
My Eyes recently came out sung by Blake Shelton, written by Dorff, Osborne and James (sounds like a law firm), and has a clever line that goes:
Come a little closer, Come a little closer,
Girl the way you look tonight,
My eyes are the only thing I don't wanna take off of you
My Eyes by Blake Shelton
I hope you enjoy some of these songs. Let me know what songs you think are fun or uplifting and improve life.