With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about everything that I’m thankful for. It starts with my family, my best friends, and my wonderful boyfriend. All of those are typical cliches that my Facebook timeline will be filled with tomorrow. Today, however, I’m sitting in my apartment staring at the Nashville skyline. I’m about 600 miles away from my family, and I’m not all too sure who my best friends are these days. Through it all though, no matter where I am, I always have music to help guide me which is why I’m in the industry that I am.
My favorite music experiences are when I find a song and the lyrics hit me so hard that I’m instantly reminded of why I love music so much. Over the years my musical taste has expanded vastly, but I always know I’ll be able to find lyrics that mean the world to me. Right now, these are those lyrics.
These are in no particular order.
1. “Try to forget the ones who forgot you first.” from How To Hide Your Feelings by Man Overboard
This year has truly been a growing year for me. I’ve moved down to Nashville and started my life down here with new friends and new adventures. One thing I’ve started to realize though is how difficult it is to decide what former friendships to keep ahold of. I’ve always been the type of person who seemingly put more effort into friendships than the other person. I had many people I considered to be my best friends, but no one really considered me theirs. These days, I’ve been trying to decided whether to put the past behind me as I move forward from Franklin and onto bigger and better things. In the end, I’m doing what I can, and those who have always been there will have a place in my life, but I would rather forget than be forgotten.
2. “The streets that used to make me feel alive just make me feel alone.” from Anchor Down by Real Friends
This is another lyric that has starting hitting me more and more as I move on from my life back home in Pennsylvania. As I spend less and less time at home, when I finally do go back, it doesn’t feel the same. I’ve grown distant from the people and the places that made me the person that I am today. When I walk down the street, I find myself wanting to be back in Nashville because at the moment, that’s where I feel most alive.
3. “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is now that you’re in the world.” from Your Song by Elton John
Last april I went with my best friend (now boyfriend) to see Elton John live in concert. When the encore happened and this song was played live, I turned to him and told him that this song was for him. Even when we were just friends, I knew how special he was in my life, and Your Song couldn’t have put it any better.
4. “I miss my mom and dad for this.” from Some Nights by Fun.
Once again, another lyric that describes my feelings about leaving home and starting life on my own. No matter how frustrated I get with life or how many times I ask myself if I’m following the right life path, I know my parents are back in Pennsylvania cheering me on. I miss them more than anything, even if my mom doesn’t give me time to miss her by calling me everyday. I know life won’t always be easy, but I know that no matter how much I miss my mom and dad, I can’t give up now.
5. “You told me I was like the dead sea. You never sink when you are with me.” from Dead Sea by The Lumineers
I have found a wonderful support system in my best friend and my boyfriend. Between the two of them, I stay completely sane and on top of my game. They challenge me to be better everyday. When I’m with them, I don’t have to worry about sinking because they’re always there to keep me up. I love them, and I owe them everything. They’re my Dead Sea.
Music is my life, and I’m beyond thankful for it. I know that music will be there through the good and the bad. That’s what’s absolutely incredible and why I’m doing what I am. And thank you to all the bands who wrote incredible lyrics to let me know that I’m not the only one going through this crazy life.