Today while reading blogs, I stumbled upon a Chris’s new feature for Mondays – Music Mundays – I think it’s awesome! Music and books are a big part of mine (and my family’s) life. So even though there was specific request for people to participate in this meme, I’m just going to go ahead and hope that was the idea :P
Here’s a bit of what Chris had to say about Music Mundays:
“Yes, I realize that Munday is misspelled, but that’s just fun, isn’t it? lol. So I know that the internet needs another weekly meme like I need a hole in the head, but I’m starting one anyway :p It’s not book related though (though it can be) so that counts for something, right? This idea was inspired by Nymeth of Things Mean A Lot after she did her books meet music post today which is fantastic if you haven’t read it yet!”
But you should totally head over and read his whole amazing post – right here!
Chris tied music and literature together by highlighting the beautiful and talented Tori Amos – and maybe I’m being difficult or contrary, but to me music is just as much a type of literature as books, be it fiction or poetry. To me literature is something that expresses an idea or feeling, it tells a story or provokes one to look for the meaning behind words.
Anyway, my choice for this, the very first Music Munday, is a song that has always moved me to look at life, people and the world differently. The first time I heard this song, while watching the movie Magnolia (yes, yes it does star Tom Cruise – but that was before he became Evil-Slightly-Demented-Tom) and it is Wise Up by Aimee Mann.
This song may seem like a total downer – especially considering that the last words are “So just … give up.” But for me this song and the words are saying that we need to wise up and learn to stop trying to make life go the way we think it should. If we continually fight against the way we feel, the way we think, the way we love – then it’s just going to continue being harder and harder. Going with the flow doesn’t mean giving in, for me it means embracing what makes us each who we are as individuals. Probably the song has a totally different meaning than how I interpret it – but isn’t that the beauty of music?
- Aimee Mann -
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