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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Music Therapy

Last week, Mammywoo wrote yet another fantastic post, and made a little game we could all play. Okay, so technically it's a meme. I'm new and on the fringes of the blogging world but I understand enough to know that usually, you'd get tagged in a meme. Wellllll, I like music too much to stand on the sidelines and wait to be tagged.  I'm running out and playing with everyone anyway.

Sooo, the rules:

3 Songs
3 different artists
3 sets of lyrics that touch you in anyway you want to show

 I love music. I like to sing, I like to dance. There was a time when I would sit on my bed with the cassette sleeve unfolded and draped across my lap, reading the lyrics as I listened to my favourite songs. Since insrumentals, score just as highly in my book, I've chosen songs where the music speaks to me as much as the lyrics.

Here are my three:

1) Flogging Molly, Whistles the Wind

I listened to this a lot last year, staring blankly into space and just letting the words roll over me.  It's almost as if like pulled it out of my head...

" ....My isolation, now there's a sobering thought
A minute alone, a lifetime too long
See the face in this mirror, so pale it could crack
Desperately wanting the color it lacks

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where's it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong.... "

Oddly enough , this song brings up a happy memory of watching this band with good friends of mine back in Boston, two of us raising our pints high and singing as loudly as we could along with the rest of the crowd.

2) Taylor Swift, The Best Day

This song makes me think of my mom.  I cry each and every time I listen to it.

"I'm five years old, it's getting cold, I've got my big coat on
I hear your laugh and look up smiling at you, I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides, look now, the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home

I don't know why all the trees change in the fall
But I know you're not scared of anything at all
Don't know if Snow White's house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today..."

Sometimes I make it to the last line. Tonight, when I listened to it before writing this, I was crying before the end of the first verse.

3) Street Dogs, Punk Rock and Roll

As much as the first two are quiet, slow, and sappy, for the most part I just love happy music. No deep meaning here. This song makes me smile and want to dance.

"...I want a good feeling,
Push and shove.
I want a good feeling,
Running in my blood.
I want a good feeling,
on the open road.
I want a good feeling,
Yeah lose control.

Stay up all night,
Got my friends and my music and we're feeling all right.
Gonna stay up all night,
Gonna live before we die...."

The Street Dogs always makes me feel better if I'm feeling a bit homesick. The first (and only) night out that my husband and I have had on our own since my daughter was born was to see them.  We danced. My husband moshed. He cracked a rib.  We had a blast.

Okay, there's my list. I'm smiling after writing this and I do believe that was the point. Mammywoo, thanks for the therapy session suggestion. ;-)

So how about you?  What three would you choose? 


Anonymous said...

I love this. Can you believe I never heard any of these untill now? Love them all too. Especially the Taylor swift. Thanks for playing missis!x

Sandy said...

Thank. You for starting such a fun game! I'm not surprised about the taste can be a little "off the beaten track." ;-)

SandyS125 said...

It has been a fun game and I agree, therapy I hadn't thought of. I don't think I've actually paid attention to lyrics in ages. Kids music - yes, you've got that awesome CD in the car that makes all songs fun!

SandyS125 said...

Thanks! I'd never knock Ms Streisand - all three of your picks were great! (I had Footloose in my head for days!)

Mksetchell said...

I love this! I haven't been able to zero in on three or make sure that I have the lyrics right but I've been thinking about it ever since I read your post so I consider that therapy too! I have let music slip to just listening to the radio for a few moments before "kids music" needs to be turned on(I've gotten quite fond of a few kids songs though so I don't want to knock it too much!!). Anyway, I hope to come back with an actual list of songs but I've really enjoyed thinking about what I would pick:)

The Boy and Me said...

Very cool choice, I can't believe I chose Barbra Streisand!