“Taking it all the right wayDavid Bowie
Keeping it in the back
Taking it all the right way
Never no turning back”
I feel that music is in our souls. It’s in our heartbeat, the air we breathe, and our dreams. I have to take a moment to pay tribute to the songs that got me through the hard times over the years. I hope this makes you think of the songs that have helped you, as well.
I thought for sure I was going to marry my high school sweetheart. Nope, it didn’t happen (thankfully)! He broke up with me and left me heartbroken, confused and embarrassed.
What helped me heal? The Fabulous Poodles’ one hit wonder, Mirror Star! Actually, I don’t know anyone else who has ever heard of this band or their song.
Mirror Star is a song about overcoming humiliation and succeeding in life, despite your beginnings. It’s a song about realizing your dream and having confidence in yourself.
In The Navy
I think if you’d ask people in my graduating class who was the least likely to join the military, it would be me. This was never on my radar. I was timid and afraid to venture far from my comfort zone.
But in 1982, on a whim, I enlisted in the Navy, and never turned back.
Boot camp was a bit of a struggle, in the physical sense. Mentally, I was all in. The yelling of the company commanders could never compete with being raised by a spitfire Sicilian/American mother and an intimidating father.
But running on the grinder every afternoon in 100-degree Florida heat was a challenge, and I owe my success to David Bowie’s Right from the Young American album. This was a song that churned in my brain all through the rigorous workouts, helping me through boot camp.
Bump in the Road
In the late 1990s music kept me sane through a period of mental challenges.
Luckily, one of my favorite bands at the the time, Cake, helped me deal with anger and confusion with their cover of I Will Survive.
This song is a powerful anthem that helped me regain clarity, self-confidence and poise.
Move to Northern NY
After retirement from the Navy and relocation to northern New York State I can look back on all the songs that got me here with a smile in my heart.
I have now lived on the St. Lawrence River for nearly 20 years and I mainly listen to instrumental smooth jazz. Some might call it elevator music, but I call it happy music!
Also, I’m loving anything by John Batiste. I find his music to be spiritual and uplifting, which fits nicey with my peaceful and joyous lifestyle.
This is just a tiny sampling of the music that has helped me cope over the years. If music has been an important part of your story, like it has been for mine, please let me know the songs that have helped you along the way.
Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)
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