Getting to know me: Music

This was an assignment for my senior project in language arts.  Kind of weird to post homework on here but I figured it can help you get to know me.  These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs, we were just told to choose songs that represent who we were/are/will be,

Perfect – Hedley

I chose this song because I think a lot of the time we’re caught up in being perfect. In one line he says “I’m not perfect, but I keep trying” and I think this can apply to everyone’s lives because it seems everyone is expected to be perfect at one time or another.  While this is impossible no matter how hard we try, we still do. He later says “Please don’t leave, was it something I said or just my personality?” and I think this question goes through our minds when anyone leaves us or moves onto something new. We want to blame everything on ourselves because we are taught not to blame it on others – while sometimes we have no control of the situation. I think this song is inspirational and a good song to pick you back up when you’re feeling down.

Weightless – All Time Low

I’ve liked this song for a while because it’s really up beat and fun to listen to. The main point of this song is to want to be ‘weightless’ and pretty much just do whatever and live a fun life.  Although this is unrealistic it does sound pretty ideal.  In the chorus it says “Maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s gonna be my year” and I think there have been a lot of boring, tough, or just useless weekends throughout the years and this song makes me realize that even if I’m down there will be more times down the road that can make up for it. Another point in the song he says “I’m over getting older; if I could just find the time then I would never let a day go by. “  Looking back at the years I can really see that the time has flown. When I think about it, time is ticking and soon enough I’ll be own my own working nine to five with little to no break. This song makes me realize that life is good and that I should just embrace what I have and look forward to a bright future.

Unwell – Matchbox 20

This is an older song but I remember liking it when I was younger.  The song talks a lot about being lonely and not being understood by other people.  “I know they’ve all been talking ’bout me, I can hear them whisper and it makes me think there must be something wrong with me.”  This makes me think of anytime anyone criticizes anyone or puts someone down just because they’re different. I know there have been a lot of times in my life that people have pointed something out in me that is different and I know that everyone else goes through this as well. Along with this he says “stay awhile and maybe then you’ll see a different side of me” and when I hear this it shows me that you can’t judge someone unless you know their whole story. You can’t just look at them now and disregard their past; you have to look at the whole picture.

God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood

When I was five or six this used to be my favorite song. I had a cassette tape of this song and I’ll never forget that. I don’t know what made me like this song at such a young age but for some reason I did. I don’t think I’ve ever really looked at the lyrics but I think the most meaningful part I can think of is “If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life, and I had to start again with just my children and my wife, I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today.” I think this part is really strong just because he’s saying that even if he lost everything, he would still consider himself lucky just because he’s here in America. I also like when he says “And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me” because most of the time I take freedom for granted while so many people had to die to give it to me. This seemingly happy childhood song is actually a really powerful song that has a lot of meaning.

Maybe – Sick Puppies

I heard this song on the radio a few months ago and I liked it. The song sings about starting over and doing something on your own.  He says “I’ve never been one to walk alone I’ve always been scared to try” and I think that’s been me most of my life. I’ve always wanted to just go with the flow rather than stand out and be myself. Later it goes on saying “’Cause nothing stays the same maybe it’s time to change” and I like this because it makes me realize you can change at any point on your life. You don’t have to be the same old person, you control your life and you can make it whatever you want it to be.

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