Sing a song

Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

Number One: Ron con Coca-Cola by Mister Chivo

The first song in my memory, the first song I remember singing. My mind associates this song, and Mr. Chivo in general, to road trips, Mexico, and my parents. If my memory reaches back to when I was four years old, then my Mom was twenty-eight while my Dad was thirty at the time that I learned this song. They were pretty much the age that I am now. This is the music they were listening to at my age, what they played in the car, what they danced to, what they allowed my brother and me to listen to. While it may not be a lyrical or musical masterpiece, this song is damn special.

Number Two: December Days by The Rocket Summer

It’s my go-to song, and has been for the past twelve years. I can be in the absolute worst mood, but can instantly feel better with this song. I don’t even have to listen to it… As long as I sing it out loud and dance to it, all is well. Get you back into my life, gotta get you get you back into myyyy liiiiiiife!

Number Three: Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon

This is the first song that Dustin told me made him think of me. He told me that he would listen to it on repeat in his car while driving away from dropping me off at my house after each hangout session. He told me that he didn’t know how to feel about falling for me? Something along those lines. That was five years ago and I don’t remember the details, but I do remember it all being very sweet and me feeling all sorts of butterflies.

That’s it. Those are my songs. They may not be epic, but they’re it for me.

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While we’re drowning in rivers from our faces

Not going to get into details, but Dustin and I had a huge HUGE fight this past weekend. Over the phone (the worst!). As with most difficult situations in life, I turned to music for comfort. This is “Goodbye Waves and Driveways” by The Rocket Summer. I’ve highlighted the lyrics that simply resonate with me, the parts that remind me that even when times are tough, love remains. If you care to listen, I’ve included the song at the end (it’s not an actual video, it’s just audio).


Just walk away…

Gather your thoughts for the second wave
Of this argument on this epic changing day
It’s crazy to think that an hour ago all things were great

But we stand here both proud, both wrong and right
Throwing cheap shots in this stubborn fight

And our lives are so intertwined in one
But we’re just so stuck in this moment
It’s clear that we’re coming undone

And you see, it’s hard for me to breathe
When I get all worked up with these feelings
And I don’t know exactly how it is
That we can be so mad we consider to not exist

When we both know there’s so much love clenched within our fists


The goodbye waves in the driveway, they just resonate

And yes, I’m throwing it right back at her
While we’re drowning in rivers from our faces
We just wanna know if this, is this over?
A trembling silence fills the air
As we stand here so impaired, so aware

I sit in this house alone with fresh photographs
And I just can’t relax
Like cigarette smoke, I’m starting to choke on this
That half of my soul’s on the road in a car with a girl in a dress

And see, it’s making it hard for me to breathe

When I get all worked up with these feelings
And I don’t know exactly how it is
That just to say, I’m right, you’re wrong

We both lose to win…


The goodbye waves in the driveway, they just resonate

And yes, I’m throwing it right back at her
While we’re drowning in rivers from our faces
We just wanna know if this, is this over?
A trembling silence fills the air
As we stand here…

So, hey now, maybe it’s being stupid
Hey, maybe we’re just being dumb
Hey, maybe it’s time that we stopped and we realized
Like a flag in the wind, we are one
And how at first, it’s made so pure and lovely
But in battle can be torn to shreds
But with time and with patience and love and affection
Can be fixed with needle and thread

Because I love you and you love me
And nothing will make this leave
I said, I love you and you love me
And nothing will make make make make this leave

So remember me, yeah.
Remember me, yeah.
Remember me…

Don’t
walk away.


One of the things I love so much about the song is how it comes full circle. From asking her to walk away from the fight–because fights are so unpleasant. Who would want to deal with one? Why make matters worse?–to asking her not to walk away. To stay. To work it out. [sigh] I love it.

And yes, Dustin and I are fine. We are so in love.