30 Day Song Challenge: Day 8: A song that you know all the words to

17 04 2011

Waaaay back when, I went through an S Club 7 phase that eventually turned into an S Club phase (after Paul left).  I remember feeling so proud of being an S Club 7/S Club fan in high school when I brought my new S Club CD to Grade 9 English class, and although nobody else sitting around me listened to them, I felt that much more special.

And then I realized I shouldn’t really feel special.  Because as it turned out, liking a band like S Club 7, who had cheesy, stupid songs about love, friendship, and general being happy was silly.  They were too poppy, too sugary for most people’s standards and I soon realized this.  Though I never grew to disliking or hating their music, after getting older, it just didn’t represent what I felt in the world anymore.  Not everything was sparkles; it wasn’t always an S Club party, and I had never met anyone who I thought was a dream come true.

Nevertheless, I realized yet again that it’s not that S Club 7 didn’t sing about earthquakes and tsunamis and the plight of the world that turned people off — it’s that kids growing up had so much less to worry about and that sometimes, you just want to reach for the stars and to bring it all back.  What’s so wrong with encouragement?

As one youtuber on the “Don’t Stop Movin'” music video succinctly said, “Ah.. when music wasn’t all about whores and sex.”


“Sweet Surrender” — Sarah McLachlan

4 04 2011

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything but the internet at home was down and I couldn’t do anything about it until last night but I was super tired (and still am).  So!  I am going to allow myself to cheat a few days and double post some stuff that will make up for the few days I missed.  Yay for cheating!

As those who know me already know, I have been a huge fan of Ms. McLachlan since I first heard her music in the ’90s.  Her music has taken on a lot of meanings for me and it’s so diverse and fantastic, that I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t like this wonderful woman.  “Sweet Surrender” is probably my favourite song of hers which is hard to say since she has so many awesome songs, but the reason I like this one so much is because of the subtly of the lyrics.  It’s one of those songs where you like it instantly and it’s only later in life where an experience allows you to suddenly realize the meaning of the song and for the song to completely click with you.  It’s sort of like a musical epiphany, you could say.

I had an experience of a sort and after, I suddenly understood the song.  It also helps that I have the sheet music to it and am able to play/sing it as much as I want.  I want to play a live version of it one day… maybe in the summer when I’ll have more time.