Letting Lyrics Run the World

You know technically
I’m not even supposed to be here right now
So f*** it
Might as well make the most of it

(“Cinderella Man”, Eminem … because it’s a great opening)

I honestly never thought I’d be quoting Eminem to start a blog post, but sure enough – apparently July 2012 is a month to go all unexpected.  The above quote from “Cinderella Man” is a pretty good opening to a post about song lyrics, I think.

Plus it’s a good way to think about things – how much different would you handle your life if you got an extended lease on it?  If you weren’t supposed to be here right now (maybe you just survived a car wreck, beat cancer or had some other death-defying situation occur) what would you do differently?

And then, to take it to the next step (which you saw coming, I’m sure) – why aren’t you doing that now?

But I’m not going all preachy on you – certainly not in this post – but listening to some of my favorite songs always gets me thinking.  Which probably isn’t good, but it is what it is.

I wrote about this a few months ago in this post, but I figured it was time to revisit it since I’ve rediscovered my (thought to be lost) collection of songs.

Right now I’m listening to a nice variety – here’s the list of artists on my current “At The Coffee Shop Blogging” playlist:

  • Peter Cetera
  • David Guetta
  • Mary Chapin-Carpenter
  • Eminem
  • Uncle Kracker
  • Enya
  • Astral Planes
  • Jackie B

I love to listen to music.  What kind of music depends on my mood and what I’m doing/where I’m headed.  I’m probably not listening to “Hallelujah” by Renee Fleming (a rather somber song) if I’m on my way to volleyball (a decidedly upbeat activity).  I’m also probably not blaring “According To You” by Orianthi (faster pace) when I’m trying to go to bed (slower pace).  But aside from that it’s probably fair game; I’m just as likely to be singing some Meatloaf (“I Would Do Anything For Love”) as I am some Kenny Chesney (“Out Last Night”), Echo & The Bunnymen (“Lips Like Sugar”) or Lonestar (“Ragtop Cadillac”).

Because I don’t need boxes wrapped in strings
And desires and love and empty things;
Just a chance that we’ll find
Better days

(“Better Days”, Goo Goo Dolls … because it’s always good to remember that hope is a great gift to give someone)

In fact, I often get some of my inspiration from song lyrics.  Some of the song writers out there seem to have a direct line to the part of my brain that triggers inspiration.  Honestly I can’t hardly go through a couple of Goo Goo Dolls songs without feeling some inspiration, even if that inspiration comes in the form of reflection (which is typically how they affect me).

And how can you listen to some Black Eyed Peas without getting inspired to infuse the world with energy or make tonight a good night?

I got a feelin’
That tonight’s gonna to be a good night
That tonight’s gonna to be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good good night

(“I Gotta Feeling”,  Black Eyed Peas … because it’s Tuesday and Tuesdays are good good GOOD nights)

But what if we lived our life based on song lyrics?  What would happen?  Would the world be a better place, or a worse one?

To be sure it certainly wouldn’t be boring – we’d be meditating (new age) while we’re shooting people (rap) and banging our heads against the wall (metal) with a beer, dog and pickup truck in hand (country).  Complete stereotypes, but entertaining nonetheless.  Pick your favorite artist and imagine living in a world of their songs.

When it comes to females
Cosmo ain’t got nothin’ to to with my selection.

Only if she’s five three

(“Baby Got Back”, Sir Mix-A-Lot … because you need to laugh a little at the only song I sing karaoke to)

That last one is a personal favorite of mine – sorry for the short break in the action.  Or take it another direction – if you could live in an artists lyrical world whose would it be?  Would you be singing Bobby McGee on the hood of a car in the summertime while you pretended to be Brad Pitt’s brother in the world of Kenny Chesney?

Now, we’re spending all our time
Caught in a fantasy
Just trying to keep in mind
The way it used to be
But you pretend, and I pretend
That everything is fine
And though we should be at an end
It’s so hard admitting when it’s quittin’ time.

(“Quittin’ Time”, Mary Chapin-Carpenter … because sometimes getting caught in what was can keep you from moving to what should be)

Or maybe you’d elect to sip whiskey out the bottle and get tossed in the mix and thrown out of bars while you’re running from time with Kid Rock?

You don’t have to tell me what you’re thinkin’
You can keep all that to yourself
Baby we got such a good thing going
Don’t show me that you’re someone else

‘Cause I’m acting as if
This blue sky’s never gonna rain down on me
I’m telling myself
It’s true – love’s never going to leave me lonely

Unless there’s something I missed
I’m acting ‘as if’.

(“As If”, Sara Evans … because sometimes you just have to live in the here and now with whatever you can hold on to)

Or maybe you’re the kind of person that wants to walk through the side streets and the alleyway with a red guitar…on fire while you wipe the tears from your eyes on Sunday, bloody Sunday with Bono and U2?

I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pick just one artist who’s songs I’d want to live in exclusively.  I need the flexibility to catch lightning in a bottle (Eminem) while telling fate it should not tempt me (Mary Chapin-Carpenter) when I’m runnin’ with the wind, a shadow in the dust (Def Lepard) while I build my empire of dirt (Nine Inch Nails) on the beach far beyond the Yellow Sea (Enya).

OK, a pretty pieced together post but hopefully amusing and maybe thought-provoking nonetheless.  Post a comment below with who’s world you’d live in if you had the choice – I’m curious!

(post image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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4 thoughts on “Letting Lyrics Run the World”

  1. Funny timing… just this week we you-tubed some great hits from the past, including “I would do anything for love” — and then came “Can’t touch this” — and the unbelievable thing is that little Logan, with NO prompting, started breakdancing all on his own to it. We don’t even have breakdancing in Australia. It was awesome!!

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