Can we talk music? I love listening to it while I work. As a designer, it just seems to help keep the creative juices flowing or make mundane production tasks more palatable. And yes, I am eternally grateful I work in an occupation where wearing ear buds all day is usually okay.
First with Pandoraand now Spotify it's so easy to find the perfect music to match my mood or the project at hand. I switched to Spotify because almost any song can be found with a few clicks to fit my flights of fancy. From a girl that used to wait all day to tape my favorite song off the radio this is a REVELATION!
Months ago I heard a song that popped up on a Spotify radio station and I instantly "starred" it as it stopped me in my track. I like to go back and listen to my "starred" music, but at work I have to actually keep myself from listening to this one specific song because it chokes me up. I get especially teary at the end. As a mom of a little girl and boy, I can relate to it on too many levels so I have to skip it so my coworkers don't think I have something in my eye, again.
But I forgot and listened to it this morning, so now I have to pay the weepiness forward!
When I Was a Boy By Dar Williams I won't forget when Peter Pan Came to my house, took my hand I said I was a boy, I'm glad he didn't check I learned to fly, I learned to fight I lived a whole life in one night We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck
And I remember that night When I'm leaving a late night with some friends And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe Someone should help me I need to find a nice man to walk me home
When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom Climbed what I could climb upon And I don't know how I survived I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too
I was a kid that you would like Just a small boy on her bike Riding topless, yeah, I never cared who saw My neighbor come outside to say "Get your shirt," I said "No way It's the last time I'm not breaking any law"
And now I'm in a clothing store And the sign says, "Less is More" More that's tight means more to see More for them, not more for me That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat
When I was a boy, see that picture, that was me Grass-stained shirt and dusty knees And I know things have gotta change They got pills to sell, they've got implants to put in They've got implants to remove But I am not forgetting That I was a boy too
And like the woods where I would creep It's a secret I can keep Except when I'm tired, except when I'm being caught off guard I've had a lonesome awful day The conversation finds its way To catching fire-flies out in the backyard
And I tell the man I'm with About the other life I lived And I say now you're top gun I have lost and you have won And he says, "Oh no, no, can't you see
When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked And I could always cry, now even when I'm alone I seldom do And I have lost some kindness But I was a girl too And you were just like me, and I was just like you
If you are a mom of a little boy and that last paragraph doesn't get you choked up...well, you're a lot steelier than I. Go ahead and listen to this song at work for me!