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Nothing Else Matters

It’s Music Monday!


Happy Monday! Last week, I celebrated living in the UK for 20 years. There’s a lot of music to go with those 20 years and a lot of songs vying for position as ‘top theme song’ to my life. In truth, however, there are many themes, and inevitably I’ve brought you a lot of those songs already.

However, this one is a fresh choice, and it is apt in many ways. For one, you know that I’m a sucker for deep, gravelly voices, long hair, and acoustic guitars. For another, the very chorus embodies a sentiment I’ve been holding on to for the longest time. And last but not least, it’s an all-time great rock song. And… well, nothing else matters, right?

Oooh I got goosebumps all over. How was it for you?

We Are Young. #FUN

It’s Music Monday!

Today, I want to share with you my summer-moving-to-Lincoln memory song. I didn’t realise that this was my theme song for this particular event in my life until a recent family holiday in Wales, where the local radio station woefully neglected to play this song even ONCE in a week.

Upon hitting Lincolnshire, the lovely Lincs FM thankfully obliged almost immediately, and it was that moment that sparked the recognition that not only were we coming home, but that also this song had somehow become the theme song for the Wells family move and the start of a new era in our lives.

It’s a bit happy-go-lucky and I leave you to make your mind up about the video and the lyrics… But the chorus, boy, doesn’t it make you want to sing along at the top of your voice?

Happy Monday. And remember: We are young. Always!

**The official video has been suspended at some point since this post went live, and it is no longer available via YouTube. Apologies.**
Do you have any special theme songs for moments in your life?

Runaway Train

It’s Music Monday!

Today I have a very special treat for me you!  As you all know by now, I am about to move house for the first time in nine years.  This is the biggest move since I left home age nineteen.  It is probably for this reason that the upcoming move is creating associations with long-forgotten emotions of ‘uprooting’ the first time; and among all of those associations has swum to the surface what turned out to be the ‘theme song’ of my first few months in England.

It wasn’t an elected theme song, you understand, it just kind of happened.  It was on the radio all the time and some of the lyrics resonated.  For example:

Runaway train, never going back
Wrong way on a one-way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

That described me perfectly, making it a happy song to me.  I had run away, in a manner of speaking; in an organised, planned and orderly fashion.  I didn’t just up-stick and go, but it still felt like The Great Escape.  I was never going back, no way Jose.  My family didn’t really believe I would last, but I knew this was ‘it’.  Yet I hadn’t quite arrived anywhere even when I started to settle, and for the longest time I really was ‘neither here nor there.’  It’s not that easy to fit into a new culture, and it takes time until you feel like you truly belong.

It was only much later that I took the time to listen to all of the lyrics and also happened to see the video on MTV (not something readily available on the shared TV in the Hall of Residences lounge).  It was therefore only much later that I realised that the song is really about missing persons, many of them children, who have run away for a whole host of devastating reasons, or been cruelly taken from their families.  In fact, the intended meaning and message of the lyrics didn’t apply to my circumstances; and I was greatly saddened by the story the video depicts, which is a million years from my own experience.  But still:  the sentiment of the chorus at least had become my own, my little runaway theme.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one to read a different meaning into the lyrics; quite a few folks out there seem to feel the lyrics were about depression in some capacity. Goes to show how much the written (or sung, as it were) word is open to interpretation if taken out of a concrete context! 🙂

Thus Runaway Train by the amazing Soul Asylum continues to be one of my favourites to this day, for all the right reasons.

And of course, as always, it’s over to you right now….

Do you perhaps have a ‘theme song’ for a particular period of your life?

Or have you, like me, ever made a song ‘your own’ before discovering that the lyrics tell a radically different story from your own interpretation?