It’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: Songs That Changed My Life. I’m not going to lie, I struggled over this post since the prompt was first announced. I’ve written and re-written it changing three of my five songs in and out. Music is so powerful and can invoke all your senses. I have very distinct memories that return each time I hear a song. Sometimes the memories associated with a song mean I can’t comfortably listen to the music. Other times, the memories make me smile with remembered happiness. So listen to the five songs that truly changed my life on my Spotify playlist and read more about them below…
Another Day – Cast of Rent
Rent is a beautiful musical, originally inspired by La Bohème and adapted based on the life of the talented and late Jonathon Larson. I was actually first introduced to Rent via the movie and not the original performance. But from the very beginning I was taken with it and even more so when I later saw the show performed. Every song in the musical is powerful in its own right, but I was moved to tears the very time I heard Another Day.
There’s only us
There’s only this
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today
I’ve frequently been accused, criticized, lectured and more about my tendency to needlessly stress about the future. The message about focusing on the moment, “no day but today,” resonated so strongly with me that several years later I had the notes that compose that message in the song tattooed on my wrist. It’s a constant reminder for me to focus on now.
Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated – Rise Against
(Siren Song of the Counter Culture)
If you know me at all, you knew Rise Against had to have a song on this list. I absolutely adore this band and can point to so many of their songs that have made an impact on my life. But Rumors of My Demise…definitely stands above the rest.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve never had a fear of death, but life is another story.
It’s not the end that I fear with each breath
It’s life that scares me to death.
Those lyrics immediately resonated with me and became my standard introductory profile text for many years. We all want to make the most of our lives. Make an impact. Be remembered. This song perfectly captured all my fears at a time when I was most confused with where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life. This song was a reminder to take one day at a time and enjoy all the time, even that which we think we are wasting or ‘killing.’
I should also note that this song (and pretty much every other song from Rise Against) has been my motivation during half marathons, so much so that I had the band sign the bib for my very first half marathon. I never would have finished it if it weren’t for their music.
Giving Up – Silverstein
(When Broken Is Easily Fixed)
I first heard this song as a result of a random sampler album I had received at Warped Tour or some other such concert. I was so taken with it I immediately bought the entire album, but still kept listening to the sampler disc. Many months later, the following lyrics kept repeating over and over in my head.
How can I say I love you back,
You never made me happy.
I could remember what track on the disc and even the time in the track these lyrics occurred, but for some reason could not remember the song title or artist. It took several weeks resolutely going through the hundreds of CDs I owned (these was before the rise of digital) to find the song. I haven’t forgotten the song since. But it took me several years to actually realize why the song had made such an impact. Giving Up came to me at a time I was struggling with various different relationships in my life. It gave me the strength to recognize those that were toxic and cut the cords.
Also, the When Broken is Easily Fixed album cover always reminds me of The Iron Giant. How can you not love that?
It’s Alright – Adam Cohen
This is another song that is about accepting life. I first heard this song on the failed television series, Mr. Sterling (anyone remember this show? It had Josh Brolin in it.). I was immediately taken with it and went in search of the album and artist (it wasn’t as easy back in 2003 as it is now). I bought Adam Cohen’s album and fell in love with the it from start to finish. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself crying to the songs on this album, and always to It’s Alright…
Forget that you’re alone
Everyone’s alone, think about it
And its alright
I know it ain’t easy, but that’s life
You don’t have to worry, its alright
Were all in the dark, looking for the light, that light
Jaked on the Green Beers – Alkaline Trio
(Atticus…Dragging the Lake)
This song is one that definitely changed my life and I still have some mixed feelings about it. I think most of can say we’ve had that one love that for one reason or another never quite seemed to work out. This song played a pivotal point in that long drawn out saga and for better or worse led to a lengthening of that saga, which eventually resulted in some additional great memories (and pain too, but that’s another story).
It’s been a long time since I’ve been close to you
It’s been a long time since I’ve been sad.
It’s been a while since I’ve really spent time with you
Wish I could take back the times that I had.
The only thing that you ever really did for me
Was make me oh so miserable.
And the hope that I never see your face again
Is anything but questionable.
I hope this is goodbye.
(If you’re curious, the short story is we found ourselves together unexpectedly with this song playing. I explained that it had helped me deal with some anger and he realized how much pain there was and for once we were actually able to have some meaningful conversation…)
And that’s my list(and playlist) of Songs That Changed My Life for Fandom Friday. I could go on about more songs that changed my life. There are songs that inspired me artistically, physically, spiritually, or mentally. There are songs that I can pinpoint to certain memories (like Jaked on The Green Beers) or certain pivotal points in life (confirmed a decision to take one path instead of another). Music is very personal as I’m sure you’ll come to see as you read the posts of other Fandom Five participants. I can’t wait to read what music these other ladies say impacted their lives
And I know I’ll be stalking #Fandom5 on twitter to see what everyone else picked. Yay for the power of music! What songs changed your life?