30-Day Song Challenge Day 19

Day 19 of the 30-day song challenge and the end is almost in sight. Today’s prompt is also something else that has the end in sight because today, I have to pick a song that reminds me of life.

Don’t worry, that bit about the end of life is just a joke. Yes, technically, the end is in sight, but this isn’t a post about the futility of life. Well, maybe it is, but it’s not my intention. Perhaps, for some people, the song I’ve picked is about the futility of life, but I look at the song as being positive.

In the 30-Day Song Challenge, I have to pick a song from the list below over consecutive days. I came up with the idea of writing a post about each choice as a way to get me to write on this blog more

Day 19

As with many other days, I found it hard to find a song that would describe today’s prompt. What songs remind me of ‘life’? Well, I guess the answer depends on what life means to me. Does it depend on that, or are there 5 or 6 songs that remind everyone of life? There is a song by a singer whose name escapes me at the moment in which the lyrics are just “life, oh life, oh liiiiiiiiife” sung over and over. It’s certainly about ‘life’, but life is a tad more complicated than that.

Life can be tough. It can be difficult, stressful, tedious, exciting, brilliant, beautiful, and lots of other words that you can add yourself. I’m no psychologist (you’ve probably noticed), but I can imagine that today’s choice could give an insight into the chooser’s outlook on life. Or maybe I’m overthinking things. See, just talking about subconscious meanings has resulted in me revealing that I may, from time to time, overthink things…

My name’s Paul and I am an overthinker. Such a relief to finally get that off my chest.

I’ve dealt much better with my tendency to over-think recently. Maybe it’s just growing old and giving less of a shit. Perhaps it’s due to things that have happened in life over the past 4 or 5 years. Whatever it is, life is better now. I’m not one of those ‘spiritual’ people whose bed has to be facing north or talks about ‘energy’. I just started forcing myself to think more positively about life. Or let me rephrase that – I stopped focusing on the negative. I still have shit days, we all do, it’s natural, but life is here and now, so maybe we should try and get on with it rather than ‘looking’ at it.

Living In A Shotgun Shack

The song I’ve chosen is Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads. The track appears on there 1980 album ‘Remain In The Light’ and reached number 14 in the UK charts. Despite it only charting at number 103 in the US, the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame has it as one of its ‘500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

Many people have said that the song is about the ‘yuppie’ culture and it’s lyrics indeed could be deemed to be attacking commercialism. But Byrne is quoted as saying “We operate half-awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else, and we haven’t really stopped to ask ourselves, ‘How did I get here?” The song is basically about the unconscious and how we can sleepwalk through life.

Well, How Did I Get Here?

What Byrne is saying in the lyrics is that we need to live more and not just sleepwalk through life. That’s what the song means to me anyway. You may have a different outlook on it. But it’s a song that reminds me to live life. Life isn’t about the material things such as a large automobile or a beautiful house, and it’s good to remind ourselves of that as often as possible.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more half baked deep self-analysis, hope you can join me!

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Rivergirl says:

    I wasn’t even sure I should come back after that Stevie Wonder over Neil Young debacle. But you’ve redeemed yourself… slightly… with this pick.

    1. I’ll take ‘slightly’. As you know by now, all of my choices are in an effort for you to be happy 😉

      1. Rivergirl says:

        As they should be.

  2. We just watched them live in concert (well, on TV – you know what I mean… not actually at a concert). Such a unique group.

    1. Ah unique is an understatement. Was it the concert where his suit gets bigger as the show goes on?

      1. It just got really big for one song I think.

  3. Of course, I couldn’t help thinking Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” would be a good choice as well…

    1. I never thought of this and I bloody love Python! Good shout!

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