Saturday afternoon, as I was driving around doing errands and listening to the radio, I started thinking about the music that has gotten me through different times of my life. I can’t recall now what song triggered this train of thought, but I know it’s not the first time it’s crossed my mind.
It amazes me that for whatever mood, feeling, thought or emotion I’ve experienced, there was a song to match it. Some recent examples…It’s So Simple by Saosin encouraged me be honest with myself. Strange and Beautiful by Aqualung perfectly fit a crush I had this summer (thanks Lisa).
Sometimes it’s not even an entire song, but just a lyric or chorus. Example, Hallelujah by Paramore has a line that goes “somehow everything is gonna fall right into place; if we only had a way to make it all fall faster everyday.” This particular lyric has helped me through some recent confused and conflicting feelings by simply reminding me not to worry so much. Life has a way of working itself out and I just need to be patient.
I think we all tend to associate specific songs with events in life. Graduations, road trips, first times, falling in love, falling out of love, the death of someone close, new jobs, new friends. Every time I hear a song it reminds me of a person or event or time in my life.
I don’t know what I’d do without music. I have to thank all of the musicians and artists who can so easily express the thoughts and feelings I can’t put into sentences. Everyday the soundtrack of my life changes. What will be on tomorrow’s playlist?