Hello, Everybody!!! Happy New Year!!! Welcome 2019.
Don’t you just love the start of a new year? It’s like seeing the world as a pristine canvas, similar to the way we see our neighborhood after the first snowfall of the year: clean, fresh, pretty, still, pure. And all you want to do is go outside and take in a ginormous cleansing breathe. Or is that just me???
Beautiful scene of Vermont in winter from Pinterest (original source unknown).
Of course, there will always be the unresolved problems and issues that carry over, and the baggage we all lug around with us is forever present. But for a moment the new year feels inspiring, hopeful and exciting. Our calendars are more empty than cluttered. There are trips and vacations to plan, new three day weekends to enjoy, birthday celebrations to attend, days to relax all by ourselves, concerts or plays to see, road trips to take, estate sales to go to and vintage decor to swoon over. These are the things I try to focus on more than setting myself up for failure with a bunch of ineffectual resolutions. They just discourage me because all I do is picture myself failing again. On the other hand, music is what has always inspired me. And 2019 will not be any different. So to begin this new year, I am giving myself some motivation. And yes, I am talking about The Boss. And two songs by him are always better than one…..unless that one song is “Jungleland”, of course.
For my first choice, a picked a song he wrote because of the change in his romantic life. However, it also extended to the rest of his world and and how he needed to stop waiting for the future to change things but rather put the focus and work in to the now. Great advice for all of us who forget the present is today and needs our time, our attention and our love. Read: me.
“Well my soul checked out missing as I sat listening
To the hours and minutes tickin’ away
Yeah just sittin’ around waitin’ for my life to begin
While it was all just slippin’ away
I’m tired of waitin’ for tomorrow to come
Or that train to come roarin’ round the bend”
“But it’s a sad man my friend who’s livin’ in his own skin
And can’t stand the company
Every fool’s got a reason for feelin’ sorry for himself
And turning his heart to stone”
“These are better days baby
These are better days it true
These are better days
There’s better days shining through”
Bruce Springsteen: “Better Days” (1992).
The next song is probably one of his most famous after “Born To Run” and by far his most well known video. It was his first performance one and featured a woman who went on to become a “friend”. It is a huge part of his live show-he stills pulls an audience member (or two or three, including some from his own family) on stage to dance with him-while the crowd sings “oh-oh-oh’s” in between the lines of the last verse of the song, and we go home with the chorus stuck in our heads. I heard it on the radio on New Year’s Eve and it brought me back to the first few times I heard the song and felt incredibly inspired by his lyrics. And, of course, The Boss is right-everything takes a spark to ignite. Even ourselves, sometimes. A point especially good to remember with the clean slate of a new year right in front of us.
“I ain’t nothing but tired
Man I’m just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help
You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark“.
Bruce Springsteen and his mother, Adele, after dancing together on stage in 2012 (Photo by Kris Noyes/NJ.com).
Bruce Springsteen: “Dancing In The Dark” (1984).
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All the best in 2019, Everyone!!!
Until next time, happy listening!!!