There are so many songs that are so appropriate for different points in your life! But, the ones that mean the most are probably what I grew up with – since I’ve had the chance to listen to them over and over… ‘cause they bring back memories of one’s youth and what the song meant then…in contrast to what it does now.
Right now, I tell people that the song that most closely resembles what I’m going through is “Counting Stars” by One Republic. The lyric:
makes me question fried food, alcohol and cigars.
But a good friend of mine (I call her Granola – for the healthy, vibrant lifestyle she lives.) introduced me to the song “Best day of my life” by American Authors, which seems like a better way to view the world 🙂
But, the song that I most associate with, given my starts and restarts in different parts of the world, would have to be…
[ side note to side note: there’s probably some connection also with knowing that perhaps there’s plenty more places to travel, friends to meet, and experiences to be had. The “Hakka” Chinese sect I’m from translates to “Guest” in English.. a name given because we’ve never had our own “land.” Quite possibly it’s in my genes! ]
Before I go into that, I need to give you some background… This song, first released in 1976, captured teenage emotions that I was going through, in a boarding school in India. Wikipedia says “.. biographer Marc Eliot states that “New Kid in Town” captures “a precise and spectacular moment immediately familiar to any guy who’s ever felt the pain, jealousy, insecurity, rage and heartbreak of the moment he discovers his girlfriend likes someone better and has moves on.””
And, if I remember right, the Eagles (on a 33 1/3 LP), was one of the few albums we had [that last sentence is gibberish to the millennials reading this, btw]
Also, at that school, Lawrence School, Lovedale, I felt like the “new kid”. (and went through some heartbreak). Later, again, on my arrival in the US, I was the “new kid”, and as I moved from Grinnell, IA to St. Louis, MO, to Columbia, IL and then to St. Charles, MO… the feeling kept repeating itself. And, the song, stayed with me through all of those experiences.
Now, Granola has me on another assignment.. “If you were a baseball player, what would you want to be your walk-in song”! And, if you don’t mind, share what your “Theme Song” would be in the comments below.