Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Life is a Highway

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I'm pretty sure all of you have heard this song. I'm pretty sure Rascal Flatts is not the original artist. But I could always be wrong.
So, this is my second post in a row. I will be keeping track of how many days I post in a row. I'm hoping that will somehow get me back into blogging mode.
I have decided that once a week I'll do some sort of review or commentary thing. It could be on a book I finished reading, a movie I just saw, maybe a TV series that ended two years ago, but I'm still obsessed about...
Anyways, I've been thinking about this song lately (meaning for the few seconds since I wrote the title of this post). I've always liked this song. I wasn't really sure why. I'm still not too sure. I don't always realize what songs are trying to say, even if I know every word by heart, backwards, forwards, upside-down, and turned around.
There are some songs that I compare to books. Out of nowhere, I'll be hearing My Chemical Romance or The All-American Rejects, and think "Hey, I wonder if this is a good song for Vampire Academy or The Hunger Games." It's always random. No warning or notice ahead of time. Just- BAM!
And then I'm caught. Not only must I sing along to the song, I have to look into the lyrics. I have to study each and every word. I have to find out what they could mean, what they might mean, how they would fit with the book. Would it make sense? What characters point of view? Which parts fit, which parts don't? Does the point of view change in the song? Is there a part that fits for, let's say, Rose, but another that fits for Adrian, or possibly Dimitri. (Rose, Adrian, and Dimitri are from Vampire Academy.)
Anyways, questions like those. Not that I always think these questions while I'm answering them. Does that make sense? It's like a personal check list that I know by heart and don't bother repeating. It's like engraved in my soul, my essence, my being. Okay, maybe not that much. That would just be creepy, wouldn't it?
But they are with me very often. Especially when I'm drowning in my music. I will say that I prefer not to have my music too loud, what with it causing hearing problems later in life. I'm a bit too young to be deaf already. However, I hate hearing the people around me talk when I'm listening to my music. My sense of hearing is a lot better than my other senses. I can hear conversations in the next room, even with my music on a somewhat higher level. So, in order to block out the sound of people talking, I put my music REALLY loud (listening to multiple different things at once tends to give me a headache.). So loud that sometimes, like when I'm in the car, my parents and sister will complain that they can hear my music, too. They also say that I have selective hearing. I can hear things that aren't directed at me, but I find that I don't always hear people when they're talking to me. Weird, huh?
Anyways. That was off topic. The point is, I make connections. Any song I listen to could have a deeper meaning, if I looked hard enough. Sometimes I imagine that I could feel (hear) the hurt and pain, or maybe the love and emotion, or anger, or the... I don't know. It depends on the song. And I hate those stupid upbeat songs. I'm sorry but I do. I'm a somewhat happy person. I've been known to laugh a lot, and stuff like that. But I do not like lyrics that are otherwise upbeat and happy. To me, those are the songs that are pointless. Who wants a happy song? If you were happy, you wouldn't be listening to a happy song. You'd be out in the world, living life, having fun with your friends. Or maybe you're family. When you listen to songs (or at least, when I do), it needs to either be sad, or meaningful. They give you a perspective on life.
Now, Life is a Highway isn't necessarily a happy song. But it's also not a sad song. I will say now, that I do not go by general categories, at least, not usually. So, Life is a Highway goes into the meaningful category. It MEANS something. But WHAT does it mean. Well, that depends.

Whooo umm yeah...Life's like a road that you travel on
When there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There's a world outside ev'ry darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won't hesitate
To break down the garden gate
There's not much time left today

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long

Through all these cities and all these towns
It's in my blood and it's all around
I love you now like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver's lights
Knock me down get back up again
You're in my blood
I'm not a lonely man
There's no load I can't hold
Road so rough this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in
Just tell 'em we're survivors

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long

Gimme gimme gimme gimme yeah

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long

There was a distance between you and I (between you and I)
A misunderstanding once
But now we look it in the eye
Ooooo...Yeah!
There ain't no load that I can't hold
Road so rough this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in
Just tell 'em we're survivors

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long
Gimme gimme gimme gimme yeah

Now, take the words literally. What does it mean?
Take it figuratively. What COULD it mean?
Put some heart and soul into it. Give it life. What does it mean now?
Compare it. To life in general, to YOUR life, to a book, a movie, maybe another song.
Think about what the writer may or may not have been thinking while writing this song.
Think of any other questions I mentioned above. Any other question you have.
There's my lesson on song analyzing.
Good luck.
(Maybe I'll have a weekly lesson. (: )
-Wolfie
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2 comments:

  1. I think you just discovered a really good topic for your blog posts.
    And I always enjoy movie and music reviews.

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  2. The guy who originally recorded this song was Tom Cochrane, the Canadian rocker. It was his biggest hit.

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