Quite often I find myself walking the streets of New York, ear buds in place, when suddenly a song grips me and perfectly reflect and accentuates my current mood and environment. At these moments I am flushed with imagery and cannot help but think to myself, "If my life were a movie, this song would be on the soundtrack".
This is my life. This is my soundtrack. This is a revolution.
Last summer I found myself struggling to balance my desire for the fast paced city with my need of green grassy hills dotted with wild flowers and trickling streams. With my job in question and a potential move an arm’s length away, I find myself debating where to next. To leave or to stay? Thinking like this reminds me of all the back of forth thoughts that have fun through my head over the past year. This song ultimately reminds me of where I was last July/August. I hated the hot, smelly city and wanted nothing more than to flee to the west coast. But now, faced with the option of returning home jobless, I don’t know if I’m ready to leave yet. Will I always want what I can’t have or is it just that I enjoy a tussle and never want to take the easy route?
Without an answer to any of my questions, I find Ottesen’s tune has lyrical value though the notes are not always pitch perfect, which is a bit distracting. However, sometimes it is the meaning that is the most important part of a song. Sometimes, not always. Today, meaning is enough for me.
Well the truth of the matter is, I cannot change the economy. But that doesn’t mean things don’t happen for a reason and we should waste away in our misery. Life pushes you in the direction you are meant to go, so grin and bear it, ‘cause it ain’t about to change.
With folksy acoustic rock like Newton Faulkner, it is hard not to quirk your lips in appreciation. Happy and bright, People Should Smile More makes people smile more. Well done, Mr. Faulkner, well done.
Scattered and frantic, the realization swept over me. Three of seven. THREE of seven. Not one, not two, but all three gone. And with that, nearly half of my job was wiped out. So where do I stand? Do I have a job? Will I have job? What will I do? Where will I go?
Unfortunately, lately I’ve been happy. I’ve been satisfied and actually happy at the idea of remaining in NYC. One of the things that draws me to NYC is the level of activity. I don’t mean when it comes to drinking or clubbing. I mean people are active and driven. There’s no time to laze because the city will leave your ass behind. This can be good and bad. Part of me misses the laid back lifestyle of home but part of me knows I’m looking for people who are motivated.
Motivation - It’s what I’m seeking as I start the job hunt once more. Prime Motivator offers a bit of rage, a bit of chaos, and some great lyrics to my soundtrack.
On a day like today, there is nothing to do but submit to the sound, let it take over and rampage through me. No room for thought, no room for worries, no room for doubts.
Checking out Chris and Thomas, The Western States Motel, and Brett Dennen before work on Pandora…oh how I love thee, Pandora!
Just when I decide to stay in NYC, it seems NYC might kick me out. We’ll see but heads are sure to roll shortly.