What does your fave song sing for you?
Think of your favorite song. What does it mean? It can mean one thing to you and something completely different to someone else.
I recently found myself liking the song, "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People. At first I thought it was a happy and peppy song because that's what it sounds like. Whistling, clapping and high voices make it a very light sounding song. But, when I listened to the lyrics closely, I realized that it was about a teenage homicide.
Good songs, like poetry, speak with multiple meanings. Sometimes we don't get the idea of the song. Sometimes the music and the lyrics are inconsistent. Those are often the best songs.
Some people ask me what my favorite song is. I can't give them a straight answer. There are far too many great songs out there for me to choose. Sure, I have songs that I listen to five times a day for a week, but that doesn't make them my favorite song. If I absolutely had to choose I would say "Thick as a Brick" by Jethro Tull. Go figure, Jethro Tull, right out of my parents' generation.
"So you ride yourself over the fields and you make all your animal deals, and your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick." What does that mean? I have no clue, but I know it means something. I will find meaning to it someday, and my meaning may not be my parents' meaning.
A lot of people my age listen to rap music. I absolutely can't stand it. Songs these days are mostly about how "Oh my! I really like that boy. I want him!" It gets annoying. I like meaning to my songs.
Some songs have a very good beat or tune but don't have very good lyrics. One song is "Number Nine" by The Beatles. The whole song consists of them saying, "Number nine" over and over again. As the British say, "Not my cup of tea."
There are songs just the opposite of not so good lyrics -- like "Mrs. Potters Lullaby" by Counting Crows. "If you've never stared off into the distance then your life is a shame." There is real truth in those lyrics. If you've never taken the time to sit back and look at the sky well, then you really should.
I know some people might find this shocking, but I'm a dreamer. Half of the time I don't even hear what people are saying to me because I'm too busy watching squirrels or finding shapes in the clouds. Songs with meaning make me dream, and give us all meaning to life. So listen, listen to the music you love...and dream.
Berit Ramstad Skoyles is a sophomore at Detroit Lakes High School.