Friday, June 25, 2010

To tame the savage beast

I hold a degree in English, which means I spent 2.5 years training my brain to analyze words, either prose or poetry, for any potential relevance or symbolism. This trait tends to affect other aspects of my life.

Like music.

Now I freely admit to going through that phase in my early teen years (read: middle school) where I though there were songs that were just omg SO about me. Thankfully that phase was a short one.
Nevertheless, the appeal of music is that lyrics can and often do carry a message to which we the listener can relate. They carry memories of who we were with when we first heard the song, where we were in life.

As a result, there were many, many bands to which I could not listen following my epic dumping. Every love song on the radio seemed to drive home the point that yes, I was in fact QUITE alone, thank you for the reminder.

Luckily, my mp3 library had music to fix this.

There were some nice "I miss you" songs (I Need You Now by Lady Antebellum) and "I've been betrayed and abandoned boohoo" (Little Bird, the Weepies). Recently I've been compiling lovely wonderful songs about how happy I am to NOT be dating my lame ex.

I present to you my "I so don't want you back" playlist.

"So What" by Pink.
"Behind These Hazel Eyes" by Kelly Clarkson.
"Hate is a Strong Word (But I Really Really Don't Like You)" by the Plain White T's
"Alejandro" by Lady GaGa
"Since You've Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson
"Gives You Hell" by All American Rejects.
"Don't Want You Back" by Backstreet Boys

Listening to these songs, along with several others than escape me presently, remind me that I am still a rockstar, that I've made that big step.


  1. I know some weepies songs are veiled downers (happy singsong voice with sad lyrics), but I personally love "Can't Go Back Now". I feel like it's the kind of thing a good friend or sister would sing to you :) (I'll always be there for you when you need to look to me.)

    Yesterday when you were young
    Everything you needed done was done for you
    Now you do it on your own
    But you find you're all alone, what can you do?

    You and me walk on, walk on, walk on
    'Cause you can't go back now

    You know there will be days
    When you're so tired
    That you can't take another step
    The night will have no stars
    And you'll think you've gone as far
    As you will ever get

    You and me wak on, walk on, walk on
    'Cause you can't go back now

    And yeah, yeah, you go where you want to go
    Yeah, yeah, be what you want to be
    If you ever turn around, you'll see me

    I can't really say
    Why everybody wishes they were somewhere else
    But in the end, the only steps that matter
    Are the ones you take all by yourself

    You and me walk on, walk on, walk on
    Yeah, you and me walk on, walk on, walk on
    'Cause you can't go back now
    Walk on, walk on, walk on
    You can't go back now

  2. Sis, I actually adore that song =) Pretty much that entire CD you gave me has helped me when I'm down.