I’ve been wanting to do an entertainment blog for a while but have admittedly been a little stuck, as I’m waiting to do larger review posts when this season is over. So for inspiration I looked up what some recent music tags have been, and I found one called “Shuffle the Music,” where bloggers will pick the first 15 songs on their music library shuffle and explain any kind of relevance or importance they are to that person’s life.
I’m going to change it up a bit though. I’m only going to do the first 5 songs that appear on my Spotify shuffle, and I’m going to explain the significance of both the song/artist and one quote from the song that resonates with my life right now.
1. “My Love Goes Free” by: Jon Foreman
“You’re a bird with a pretty mouth / You’re a bird with songs to shout.”
Besides the fact that Jon is my biggest inspiration as a writer and a man of faith, his songs always speak to me in delicate places of my heart. To me, this song is almost a Foreman equivalent to McCartney’s “Blackbird.” It’s essentially about a caged bird singing to be let free, which I think is a beautifully delicate theme that anyone who feels oppressed or underrepresented can relate to.
This particular lyric has the same sentiment that “Blackbird” has for me: I’m a reserved and composed woman, while also being one who feels the need to start new conversations. I will stop at nothing in order to get a message to others that I feel they haven’t heard enough, which is exactly the purpose of my fictional, yet autobiographical novel “Status: Untilled, Moldy Heart.” Many revisions to go before I sleep, but this is for both petite women and everyone else’s self-image issues. This novel is reassurance and victory, and hopefully my readers can rejoice in Ryden’s journey, as they reflect on how far they’ve come on their own.
2. “Tear in my Heart” by: Twenty One Pilots
“Sometimes you gotta bleed to know / That you’re alive and have a soul.”
Firstly, this is one of the most refreshing and unique love songs I’ve ever heard. And if there’s anything we’ve heard enough of, it’s love songs, so that means a lot. I mean, who puts romance and the government in one song? Only Tyler Joseph.
This song was one of the first ones I really gravitated towards when I discovered Twenty One Pilots (3?!) years ago. But I really love the opening line, because of how simple and important it is. Even the hard and sticky blood that comes out from heartbreak is beautiful, because it means you’re human. Sometimes you only learn great lessons when you’re bleeding for good or bad reasons. Blood = reassurance. Although I’m going to stop using that word now. Fun fact: I don’t like internal things of any kind (i.e. blood, organs).
As of right now, Gracey Rose is the tear in my heart (and I’d like to hope Jesus is too).
3. “Focus” by: Sigrid
“I will not degrade myself / Even if it means that we are not a we.”
Yikes. I’ve been relating to this song a lot this season through inconvenient romantic feelings (can anyone else relate?). The song is all about getting over someone you know is not beneficial for you for one reason or another.
This year, I have been so happy to have stumbled across Sigrid. She helped me through the rough draft of my novel, but also can relate to all of my hardly existent romantic problems. To me, she represents the authenticity we cannot have enough in popular culture: a bare and natural face without makeup, relatable and quirky dance moves, raw vocals, and a grounded 21 year old for younger girls to look up to, who doesn’t feel pressured to sacrifice her values for the sake of being trendy.
The highlighted lyric has always stuck out to me, and I think it’s a sentiment really lacking from female love songs. At least, this is the first time I have explicitly heard a woman sing these words. Although it’s hard to just push feelings aside, as I’ve realized lately, it’s also important to establish that your own self-respect takes precedence over feelings that can oftentimes not be based on that kind of logic. It’s a great reminder to never settle: not in feelings and romantic relationships, nor in career choices and life-altering decisions.
4. “Yesterday” by: The Beatles
“Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away / Now it looks as if they’re here to stay / Oh, I believe in yesterday.”
I know I said Sigrid helped me through my rough draft, but honestly I think The Beatles singlehandedly did. Not only are they mentioned a billion times in my novel, but they’re such huge icons for a reason. As many people could agree, they really represent why I love music so much. Many of their songs contain universal and breathing lyrics that are always relevant over the decades, and this song is no exception. One way I’m going to revise my book is to place a relevant Beatles lyric at the beginning of every chapter.
The transition from yesterday to today can make all the difference, whether good or bad. In one day my dog was taken away from this world, in one day I realized I had inconvenient feelings that changed my relationship with a friend, in one day I felt unsafe as a woman.
But throughout everything, I really enjoy ‘I believe in yesterday.’ I think so often we write off the past, but we would be nothing without our past decisions, nor would we have the opinions or drive for change we have today if not for yesterday. I believe in yesterday’s purpose, because it shapes my entire life, and it has shaped how I can now live in freedom, knowing I am constantly forgiven–a forgiveness that is not based on works.
5. “Someone Else” by: The Greeting Committee
“And maybe you didn’t mean it / But when a dog bites, ‘sorry’ won’t stop the bleeding.”
While finding 20 new artists this past semester as an internship goal, I found The Greeting Committee. I’m still getting into their music, and truthfully, this song isn’t as well-known to me as the others I’ve listed. However, I do really love this lyric. I wrote a poem about this a few years ago, but basically even sentiments people ‘don’t mean’ can haunt a person’s thoughts for months or even years afterward. I know casual comments people said to me once have subconsciously affected me to this day.
For example, 7 years ago someone mentioned I ‘talked too much,’ and since then, I grew more reserved in nature. The good news is that comment doesn’t matter anymore: I’m more of an ambivert now than ever before (which means I can be both introverted [reserved] and extroverted [outgoing] in nature). But that’s exactly why you have to be so careful about the kinds of things you spout to others without properly thinking them through. Just because it’s not an explicitly rude comment doesn’t mean it’s an uplifting comment. We need to uplift each other as much as possible, and respect one another’s unique personalities.
What songs or lyrics do you relate to most lately? Who are your favorite artists and why? I’d love to hear thoughts on any of these topics I brought up.
Hopefully this was semi-interesting, I’ve never partaken in any kind of blog tag or trend before! Have a wonderful day, friends!