Three Most Important Songs in My Life

Next assignment…Three Most Important Songs in My Life…and Free Writing…so no corrections, no editing, so I hope you can get through this!

You’ve Got A Friend…James Taylor.  When I worked my first full time job at the State of NJ, I worked with a friend that to this day I still call, “My Woodstock Leftover” friend.  She was there.  No really, she was.  I am a child of the music of the 80’s and in 1985, Suzanne taught me the value of music other than Madonna (not that there’s anything wrong with Madonna…stay tuned).  She took me to 3 concerts that were like some of the best, most laid back concerts I’d been to.  And I was not stoned.  James Taylor, twice.  And Neil Young, once.  I really fell for the folksy style of JT, and to this day will belt out almost any of his songs pretty darn good…if I don’t say so myself! All of JT’s music reminds me of Suzanne, and she is just one of the best people I have been blessed to have the joy of knowing.

Madonna.  Any song.  I graduated in 1984.  The peak of her career.  It was almost required curriculum!  Madonna was/is her own woman.  Any teen about to graduate and move on into true adulthood looked to her as almost an idol.  Wow, you mean I can speak my mind, dress crazy/sexy, do my own thing and get away with it?  In that day, she was doing something new.  And we liked it.  If I had to pick one song…well, I can’t. So nevermind that.

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy…Sarah McLachlan. After a heart wrneching breakup, many, many years ago…I swore off love.  This song helped me move on from what I felt was a devastating loss.  The lyrics are just the easiest way for me to explain.

“All the fear has left me now
I’m not frightened anymore
It’s my heart that pounds beneath my flesh
It’s my mouth that pushes out this breath

And if I shed a tear I won’t cage it
I won’t fear love
And if I feel a rage I won’t deny it
I won’t fear love

Companion to our demons
They will dance and we will play
With chairs, candles and cloth
Making darkness in the day
It will be easy to look in or out
Upstream or down without a thought

And if I shed a tear I won’t cage it
I won’t fear love
And if I feel a rage I won’t deny it
I won’t fear love

Peace in the struggle
To find peace
Comfort on the way
To comfort

And if I shed a tear I won’t cage it
I won’t fear love
And if I feel a rage I won’t deny it
I won’t fear love
I won’t fear love, I won’t fear love

And if I shed a tear I won’t cage it
I won’t fear love
And if I feel a rage I won’t deny it
I won’t fear love
I won’t fear love, I won’t fear love

And if I shed a tear I won’t cage it
I won’t fear love”

Ok, I admist to fixing a few things that just bugged me bad.  Didn’t free write 100%.  I’d say 85% which is really hard for me.  So now, I’m going to hit the publish button without looking back.  Don’t judge.  It’s my instructions.

Oh yeah, my committment to writing is 15 per dya…minutes that is, with time off on weekends if I make it every weekeday!

5 Replies to “Three Most Important Songs in My Life”

  1. James Taylor & his music are everlasting. Together with Carol King, I can listen to Pandora for hours. I’m jealous you got to see him live. Ok, we’ll keep tapping our keyboard ~ see you around. 🙂

    1. JT was so much fun to watch. During Steamroller they acted like they were driving all over the stage while signing. Lots and lots of fun

  2. AAh Pekeburn already said was I was going too. Funny. James Taylor and Carol King. OOOH so many I forgot about and `Tea for Tillerman“ used to play that all the time. Father & Son reunion yup songs bring back such memories.

  3. Ha! I remember being a college freshmen and sitting for at least 2 hours in our student lounge the weekend that MTV played countless fan-produced videos of Madonna’s True Blue! And I am not a Madonna fan! Love the James Taylor and McLachlan choices…

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