So, this is where the blog starts to get rougher. When I started this blog I thought about songs that I remembered specifically from my childhood. These were songs that for some reason stuck out over the multitude of songs I probably heard along with them. Starting now, I’m including songs that I just want to put into the “capsule,” for no other reason than I like them. Sometimes they might have really heavy meanings, some might just be for sheer fun and that I can’t ever forget about them.
#3 Linkin Park – In The End
This song changed me. See, as I’ve said before, I grew up on two things: country/western and southern rock/blues (though I would fight the second pair for a long time, more on that later). So here I am a kid just listening to Shania Twain, enjoying me some Merle Haggard and hearing Lynyrd Skynrd (again, more on that later) and I just followed that line. This though, was the one that pushed me over the edge.
Really, it’s a pretty standard song, not much razzle dazzle. But I the first time I heard this song on the bus in 6th grade, windows down and rain drizzling outside…it just hit me. This song is all about failure and presents it in a way that many other similar songs never do.
It just doesn’t matter. In the end, none of it is going to mean anything. That failed test, the problems you’ve had, the issues you know….they are all weigh just as much as you let them. I must’ve listened to this song for a year straight. I had never honestly heard anything before that just made it all click. After this, music was sold on me for good.
#4 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Fishin’ in the Dark
Pure fun. That’s what this song is. I used to take trips every summer down to Arkansas (it’s Ark-N-Saw by the way, there is a law in the state forbidding you to call it Ar-Kansas). My stepdad, Billy, is from Arkansas. So, each summer we’d go down there to Spider Creek Resort and spend about a week fishing and just enjoying it. The family down there would be visited and it was generally quite the good time. This song reminds me of those trips. Grandma loves this song. She has a whole CD, it’s just 60 minutes of this song. We’d listen to it the whole way down. I really enjoyed those family vacations. I mega-loathe fishing due to patience, but I will always remember those trips as some of the funnest times, whether I showed it or not.
How about an extra one today?
#5 Shania Twain – I Feel Like A Women
A few things:
1. Everyone deserves a guilty pleasure song. This is mine. Now sit back while I sing this word for word.
2. What are the guys wearing in this video?
3. I’m pretty sure this video at one point was considered racy…..but after Miley’s Wrecking Ball I’m not sure anything will ever feel racy again.
4. Did I mention I really like this song? Yeah, there you have it.
Comment. Enjoy. Until next time.