Three things you can never recover in life – the word after it is said, the moment after it is missed, and the time after it is gone. We dwell on missed opportunities, on the choices we’ve made, and on the emotions we feel everyday like over-thinking our actions is going to change what we would have done. Thomas Edison said, “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” Each minute that passes by is another minute lost when we could have been productive, could have been spending it with someone we love, could have been doing something to affect change. Four minutes can feel like an eternity, or it can feel like the speed of light. Many songs that we encounter in our lifetime are less than four minutes. It can change our mood, it can make us recall a memory, or it can be a moment in time where we stop and question a thought, emotion, or an action.
“We watch the season pull up its own stakes
And catch the last weekend of the last week
Before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced,
Another sun soaked season fades away” –Stolen (Dashboard Confessional)
So what’s in a song that makes our brains turn upside down? Is it the music? The lyrics? A combination of the two? Why do we gravitate towards certain music genres and not others? As a music lover I love listening to everything – from Rap to Bubblegum pop, but this post is more about the lyrics of the songs that I have chosen in this playlist. They are all poem-like where there seems to be a deeper meaning behind each one. Some are tied to movies, some can give you the strength to begin again the next day, and some make you feel like there is someone out there that is meant to be your other half. Running makes you think a lot when you are not gasping for air trying to get to the next block. During each song on my playlist I have learn to fall into the music instead of fighting against my own body and totally giving up; pushing to the next street.
“There’s a block on the edge of this town no one talks about
Where the train doesn’t stop and the kids know they’re not getting out
You live in the loop, the smokes on the stoop
Counting the coins you got
You work at a bar where all that you are is everything you’re not
Someone tell me when
I can start again
And rewrite this story
How long can I stay
Lost without a way to rewrite
I wish I could rewrite this story” –Rewrite This Story (Smash Cast)
Four minutes can change everything – meeting someone that connects with you beyond your looks, losing someone that meant everything to you, or closing your eyes and imagining that life can be a better place with just a little bit of understanding. A four minute song can bring you closer to understand all the emotions that happen inside. The ones that you are not ready to talk to about with anyone; not even the ones closest to. These words can make you feel better even if it is just a good cry that you never knew you needed.
“No hesitation now she gets up and walks
She thinks of all the pain and pride that it cost
She empties all the tip jars and won’t get back what she lost” –Best Fake Smile (James Bay)
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is loving with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” (Steve Jobs). Emotions are a funny thing. They make us act before truly thinking and sometimes that can be a good thing because it doesn’t allow us to over-think. Fall into the music and let it carry your thought process even if it is for only four minutes.
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