Taking from an older Writing 101 prompt:
Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?
This can’t be more fitting as I’ve just come to appreciate Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors:
Being an audiophile and music enthusiast, it’s really hard to pinpoint just three! But I will make an attempt to answer this, in terms of songs that I keep on coming back to.
Mariah Carey – Make it Happen
Still I had to keep on going
Never knowing if I could take it
If I would make it through the night
I held on to my faith
I struggled and I prayed
And now I’ve found my way
This song has seen me through tough times, specially when I was just about to wrap up my college education as a full time working student. I played it on loop so as to remind me not to let go as I was nearing the finish line. It has always touched me as to how Mariah reflects on her humble beginnings, and it reminds me to be thankful that I don’t have to live with holes in any of my shoes. I also love how it touches upon one’s relationship with God — pray, do your thing, and make things happen.
Celine Dion – A New Day Has Come
Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new sun
A new day has come
Another song that has seen me through a very trying period in my life. In a span of two years (2000 to 2002), I lost my uncle and my grandfather to cancer. I didn’t listen to any songs in particular in 2000, but 2002 had me stay home and help out, so I had the TV on to MTV. This song came up often, and it gave me momentary comfort in my sorrow. It reminds me that after each sunset, after the dark, light and a new day will come again.
Lene Marlin – Where I’m Headed
I pass by
Don’t dare to stop
When there’s someone I see
There’s no one here but me
I’m fooled by something inside my head.
If I lay down now
I might seem kinda dead
Just keep on wasting time.
Just like Make it Happen, this song reminds me to just keep on moving. When I was younger, there was a tiem where my faith was practically absent. Regardless, I knew I had to keep moving forward. I might not know what’s out there, I might not have all the ideal tools at my disposal, I might not know who I’ll meet; but I have two perfectly working legs and my free will. When I’m down, there’s no other way but to move forward; because sitting still and doing nothing, not taking risks, is just the same as being dead.
With this exercise, I realize that the songs that stick with me are all about picking oneself up and moving on from sadness and failure. I suppose these reflect my fear of failure and my being very affected by it. I tend to beat myself up emotionally and mentally after perceived failure, and it takes a while for me to recover. However, listening to these songs (and, as of late, meditating in prayer) remind me that I shouldn’t stop because there’s always a new day in which I can make things happen.
I was absent for a long time as a few things happened offline that affected my writing drive; but I realize that I really shouldn’t stop writing. I am grateful for this chance to write again, and I hope to (well) pick myself up and get back into the habit. 🙂