Listening to ... "Not Your Year," The Weepies

Monday, August 20, 2012

I'm in my final phase of preparing for my move back home, which means I'm fully frightened by the prospects that await (or don't await) me. It's been a mixed bag of emotions, but mostly fear, dread and a heavy dose of the blues.

Are you one of those music consumers who wants to listen to upbeat, chipper music when you're down? Or are you more like me, who wants equally droopy music that matches not only mood but my frame of mind? Listening to mellow music doesn't actually make me feel any worse, believe it or not. It makes me feel as if someone's been there and done that and can relate to me.

Anyway, The Weepies' "Say I Am You" album is chock full of songs that make you feel not only as if you're not alone, but there will be a way out, eventually.

The Weepies, as I've mentioned time and time again, have a magical gift of feeling me out and singing to me exactly what I want to hear, when I want to hear it. It's like they're my mood ring band or something. I'm currently in this contemplative crevasse where I'm starting to question whether giving "Corporate America" another go might be an option. I've previously been left fairly traumatized by my office jobs that I wanted to escape and figure out a way to work for myself for the rest of my years. But the more I look around at the world around me, the more I realize that maybe I haven't given the office job a fair enough chance, and maybe I've been unlucky or spoiled or something. I don't know ... it's a thought for now.

Anyway, the entire song's lyrics hit the sweet (or is it sour?) spot for me right now:

Scattered shadows on a wall, you watch the long light fall
Some impressions stay and some will fade
Tattered shoes outside your door, clothes all on the floor
Your life feels like the morning after all year long

Every day it starts again
You cannot say if you're happy
You keep trying to be
Try harder, maybe this is not your year

Movies, TV screens reflect just what you expected
There's a world of shiny people somewhere else
Out there following their bliss
living easy, getting kissed
while you wonder what else you're doing wrong

Breathe through it, write a list of desires
Make a toast, make a wish, slash some tires
Paint a heart repeating, beating "don't give up, don't give up, don't give up."

I mean, were Deb Talan and Steve Tannen psychology majors before they became songwriters? A nice intro reaching out to your deepest, darkest nooks and crannies, building upon those fears and anxieties, and offering a hand at the end, and a grain of hope. What a nice song.

Other songs rotating on this Let Me Be Blue playlist: "Uncharted" by Sara Bareilles, "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry and a song with a slightly different tone, "Extraordinary" by Mandy Moore.

A song that reminds me maybe I have what it takes and I just need that extra kick of confidence or kick in the butt to get it all together and moving along.

Trivia fact: Mandy Moore and The Weepies worked together on the album on which "Extraordinary" appears ("Wild Hope"). In fact, "Extraordinary" and 4 other songs were co-written by The Weepies.

You Might Also Like



What I'm Reading