I have a growing list of songs I’ve recently become addicted to, but this one has been on the top for some time now. I’ve been wanting to hold off on posting it ’til closer to winter/Christmas/New Year’s because I think it’ll be the perfect complement to that time of year, but reasons to post the song sooner keep on popping up.
I’m a firm believer that specific music finds you at the time you need it most, and I often have found that certain songs that I love tend to “follow me” around–once I’ve attached myself to them (or them to me), I end up hearing them when I first turn on my car, out at a restaurant or bar, or when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store. I like to believe that hearing “that” song when I’m out someplace or on my way to something–whether it be going to work, meeting up with someone, or attending a particular event–is validation by God/the universe/the radio DJ that I am exactly where I should be exactly when I need to be.
So I was pretty floored last week when I heard this song come on when I was browsing around in a cool little indie shop with my best friend in San Fran. Hearing that song on that trip in that shop at that moment was so exhilarating and comforting, for a number of reasons: First off, this song is not something I necessarily expect to hear while out and about, being it’s not really played on the radio (though I’m pretty sure the dude was just playing his own DIY playlist). Second, the song is actually a few years old at this point, so it’s not even something I’d assume I’d hear anymore, even in venues more likely to play this band. And third, and most importantly, I haven’t had that music/life sync up happen for quite some time now and I was beginning to think that maybe I derailed so much that it wasn’t a phenomenon I would have the pleasure to experience anymore, or any time soon.
So after a particularly strange year, one that’s come with a lot of life lessons learned, lots of growth, lots of disappointment and lots of pleasant surprises, I’m glad my song was able to find me, even if I was 3,000 miles away from home, and let me know “it’s gonna be a good year/out of the darkness/and into the fire.”
I think I was waiting to post this song and really embrace it closer to winter/New Year’s since that is the traditional/convenient time to incite change and new leaf turning. But then I realized, why wait? My change is now. My new year is now. And it’s gonna be good, goddamnit. My song is telling me so.
Anyone out there have something that’s been particularly speaking/singing to them recently? What song/album/band/artist have you recently fallen in love with?