“Write about the three most important songs in your life.”
What does an “important song” mean? Everyone might have there own definition. Some may define the importance based on the significance of that particular song in their life. Does it trigger a certain memory? Does it reflect your dreams? Does it transport you to a place where you’ve yearned to be?
Well, I’ll be honest, at first glance it seemed like an impossible task: to select just THREE songs from the past 22 years of my life. For this I had to go through my whole music collection in my phone, laptop, HDD, and all the CDs I’ve ever burnt. I have to admit, I’ve got a stellar collection that spans across all genres. I was thinking my 3 songs would be from some of those classic bands; The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Eagles, Queen, The Smiths or maybe one of those inspirational and touchy feely poetic songs by Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams or Elton John. But the songs that I kept coming back to were very conventional, slightly recent songs that all of you must have heard sometime in the Hot 100. 😀
So here they are, the Three Songs that illustrate my journey through time. Click on the song names to get groovy with me.
Childhood Nostalgia: “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve
Why is this song so important? For me, this track was the epitome of 90’s music. Ah yes, the 90’s. The era which was the fundamental foundation of my life. When this song was released, I was only 5 and that was the time when I was starting to truly understand music and appreciate it fully. I was slowly developing my taste and MTV was my most favorite TV channel in the whole wide world. 😀
That was also the time when I developed my preference in movies and books. That was the time when I started to fall in love with fiction. That was the time when I had no worry in the whole goddamn world! That was the time when I didn’t care about the future and not fret about my destiny. Stories on-screen and on-paper were my whole universe.
I used to watch a single movie 5 times a day and every night my brother and I would have a competition on who could recite the most dialogues with complete precision 😀
I lived inside books. I made up stories with those characters. I dreamt about going on adventures with them.
Life was simple and oh-so-sweet. I’m proud to admit that I’ve had a wonderful childhood, and even now whenever I listen to this song, it just takes me back to that magical time.
Present Battles: “Shake It Out” by Florence and the Machine
I’ve had to fight many battles in the past few years. Some were related to my mental health, some regarding my family, some were about my ambitions and my powerlessness in achieving my dreams and some were related to my associations with people I trusted. I’ve always liked to fight my battles myself, and not rely on anyone else to come save me. I don’t believe in a Prince Charming because I never considered myself a damsel in distress. Yay, feminism!
So, one of the things that have helped me the most in coping with these challenges was music. In 2011 (the highlight of my misery years), I came across this wonderful woman who I’ve come to love with severe passion; Miss Florence Welch. I bought her album Ceremonials from a local music store, and the moment her voice poured into my ears I knew that I’m experiencing something extraordinary. When I played Shake It Out I clearly remember that I burst out in tears.
And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh whoa
And shake him off I did! I don’t know what this song did to me but I got off my ass and started to dance. No, it wasn’t just a dance, I was in a trance. I let the music and the words flow through me. I closed my eyes and completely lost myself, not caring about how idiotic I seemed. Since that day, whenever I feel down and burdened, whenever I feel like I can’t take it anymore, I do the exact same routine with the exact same passion. Have you seen this tracks music video? Yep, I danced just like Florence, and I still do to this day. This song has saved me countless times.
Future Hopes and Dreams: “I Lived” by OneRepublic
You know, if anyone ever asked me “Tell me about your dreams? What do you want from life?” then I’ll just hand them a pair of earphones and play this song. Every single verse of this song has a deep connection to my soul. This track perfectly summarizes the life I want to live. The risks I want to take. The love I want to feel. The places I want to go.
I know, for a girl like me, these dreams might be unrealistic. But does that mean should I turn them down a notch? Why? What excuse do I have for not trying to do everything in my power to make those dreams my reality?
One day, I WILL scream out to the world “I LIVED”!! I did everything in my power to make the most of my life. I carpe’d the heck out of the diem! I seized the day!
I did it all
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived
Day 3’s assignment was:
Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?
Today, try free writing. To begin, empty your mind onto the page. Don’t censor yourself; don’t think. Just let go. Let the emotions or memories connected to your three songs carry you.
Ergh, I’ve had such a hectic day! I thought I was gonna skip today’s assignment, but haaaa I finally finished it. Nope, I’m not gonna give up on you Blogging U! Today’s topic was really fun! I hope my music choice was a pleasant listen for all of you. Please do let me know what you thought about my 3 songs 🙂 ❤