As I sit here tonight, I am obsessed with a couple of songs. This happens to me daily. I feel that when a song finds me on the radio, there is a message to be had. And when a storm of them come, there is defintely something moving around in the air. But these songs have been on my mind pretty intensely and very consistently. And in listening to them, I ask again and again why.
Brighter Side Now began and remains a project aimed at focusing on the Law of Attraction principal of positivity and specifically writing in the positive. This remains a very difficult practice and has my always looking at and questioning the words I write and the thoughts I think. So as a critical review of the songs, I must deconstruct rather than criticize. Question.
So with this in mind, I listen to the words of these songs and try to see the message they reveal. And way to often, I am mystified and horrified at what is revealed. Music carries amazing power over the mind – from the vibrations that will permeate the listener and the emotions it will evoke. The tone, the tempo and the lyrics.
So my thoughts move to the lyrics, and what they say, how they say it, and where they leave you in the end.
The Decemberists – Make You Better
This song has been playing on the radio a lot – and across a number of different stations. So it reached my radar about 3 days ago until I became obsessed and looked to Youtube to study it. In the end, it is a story of friends, possibly lovers, questioning where they are going and how they want to change each other – and make each other better. So I sit in the middle of two opposing thoughts that affect me. The lyrics, though not overtly negative, speak from the point of view of the of a negative place and speaking of “Make me better” and “Make you better”. And as the suggestion is of moving to a higher place, Law of attraction tells us that the thought of the place it starts would draw energy that way.
Second though is the music behid the lyrics. As as I cannot get it out of my head ( and have not the desire to do so), suggests to me that the song works as a positive force.
Hero – Family of the Year
Hero on the other hand, is much different. The song is an anthem from the movie Boyhood. When I heard it in the movie (at that point I already knew the song), I had to immediately look it up and listen over and over again. After the Oscars, where it was played whenever the movie was mentioned, I had to listen again. And the music is totally enveloping and engagine. But the lyrics depress me. I wonder whether or not the song was made for the movie or if they just found it after the fact. I that the latter is the case as I did not feel those themes in the movie.
This is a song that, once it touched me, I had to rewrite it in my head. When I hear it, I imagine singing it to my own children. Where it goes, “Let me go, I don’t want to be your hero.” I hear it, “I just want to be your hero.” Its kind of a lullaby I want to sing to my children to tell them how much I love them.