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Friday, May 29, 2015

DO YOU KNOW THE WORDS???

Today I was thinking about how much I love music, songs in particular and how, when I find just the right song for just the right moment, it can literally send that particular moment right over the top and into perfection.  

Some people never actually listen to or comprehend the lyrics that an artist is trying to convey.  Sure you learn a song and you can sing it, but do you ever really look at and/or listen to the lyrics as they were written?  The meaning behind them.  All songs, well most of them I should say, are written because the artist wants to convey something...sometimes about a past or current love, sometimes about family, sometimes about love in general, sometimes about pain and sorrow and sometimes about silly and frivolous things.  To me, it is poetry.  I love the written word and besides books and blogs, I love to write poetry.  I have done it for so many years and have an entire collection of poems I have written. A few of those poems were published and I actually had offers from songwriters to turn them into songs, which was super flattering.

Because I am a person that takes everything to mean something and a person of great life passion, if I send a song to a friend or lover it is because the lyrics remind me of us or our current situation.  I can't tell you how many times I have said, "Hey listen to (insert song here) because it reminds me of (insert situation here) and I think you will love it," only to realize later that it fell on deaf ears.  I don't get upset about it because I figure it is their loss, however I wish more people took the time to really understand why they like the songs they like and then look up the lyrics and know the artists' intentions.  It can really change the meaning of the song for a person.

There is a song by a group I love called BOY, made up of only two young, lesbian women and I just adore their music.  It is called, "Little Numbers," and it reminds me of someone in my life right now so I listen to it a lot.  The lyrics are:

Waited for your call, for the moon
To release me from the longest afternoon
I've re-arranged parts of my living room
But time is hard to kill since I met you
Looking at the cars that drive on by
While spring is making promise outside
Red cars are quite rare I realize
Then I wonder which color you like
Seven little numbers baby, they could be a start
Seven little numbers baby, I know yours by heart
Woo-oh, oh-oh, all the pretty things that we could be
Woo-oh, oh-oh, I feel you in every heart beat
Woo-oh, oh-oh, were you ever in a dream that could come true
These numbers could be lucky for you
Watch the sky change to a darkened blue
I can't think of another thing to do
And every song just makes me think of you
Because the singers sounds as if she was longing,
As if she was longing, too
Seven little numbers baby, they could be a start
Seven little numbers baby, I know yours by heart
Seven little numbers baby, they could make a change
Seven little numbers baby, make a fire out of this flame
Woo-oh, oh-oh, all the pretty things that we could be
Woo-oh, oh-oh, I feel you in every heart beat
Woo-oh, oh-oh, were you ever in a dream that could come true
These numbers could be lucky for you
I read your name on every wall, on every wall, tell me
Is there a cure for me at all, for me at all, tell me
I read your name on every wall, on every wall, tell me
Is there a cure for me at all, for me at all
Woo-oh, oh-oh, all the pretty things that we could be
Woo-oh, oh-oh, I feel you in every heart beat
Woo-oh, oh-oh, were you ever in a dream that could come true
These numbers could be lucky for you
Woo-oh, oh-oh
Woo-oh, oh-oh
Woo-oh, oh-oh
These numbers could be lucky
These numbers could be lucky for you

I also love their song, "Drive Darling Drive," which makes me think of a friend of mine who loves to drive and go on trips as much as I do.  This song always makes me think of her as it is a metaphor for life and how we move through change (at least that is what it means to me):

You close the door and start the motor
I roll the window down
I raise my hand and wave goodbye
To neighborhood queens and clowns and
Children in the front yards
They hide and seek and laugh
I can almost hear you thinking
How could these days go by so fast
And no rear view could picture
What we leave behind
Drive darling, drive darling,
Drive darling, drive darling, drive
A silent conversation
No words cause there's no need
We let the tapes mix up the years
And press repeat and press repeat
The trunk is filled with records
And books and tears and clothes
I'm smiling on the surface
I'm scared as hell below
And no rear view could picture
What we leave behind
Drive darling, drive darling,
Drive darling, drive darling, drive
Good morning freedom
Good night lullabies
Drive darling, drive darling,
Drive darling, drive darling, drive
And when we arrive
The hardest of goodbyes
You will dry my eyes
Somehow you're always by my side
The one who holds my kite
And watches over all my flights
[x2]
And no rear view could picture
What we leave behind
Drive darling, drive darling,
Drive darling, drive darling, drive

One of my favorite things to do after a particularly stressful day (which, since I have become much more positive are few and far between), is to put on my headphones, pull up the mix I have worked on for such a long time, and go out for a three-mile walk.  I feel as though it sets life to music, as though everyone around me, people in cars, in the park, out for walks and those running past me...are a part of the musical resonating from my headphones as I pass them by.  I smile at everyone I meet, I find such joy in the scent of the fresh, clean, mountain air, I bask in the gorgeous scenery that is nature and I feel the tension start to melt almost immediately.  At that moment, all there is is life and the joy I find in it, thanks to those beautifully written songs.



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