A Song That Describes You was the toughest prompt of all for me. I can rattle off plenty of songs that describe my feelings about others, but stepping outside myself in order to find a song that describes me was a huge challenge! I went back & forth between a few different songs. I even had Defying Gravity from Wicked as the song for about 48 hours. I thought it was a perfect fit. But one single line in that song changed my mind: and if I’m flying solo, at least I’m flying free. Ya know, I have no desire to fly solo. Does that make me co-dependent? Maybe. But I’m fine with that. I’m beyond happy having a husband I love and who loves & respects me in return. My daughters are my world and I can’t imagine life without them! Going solo just doesn’t accurately define me these days. The rest of the song, sure.
The other downfall of Defying Gravity? Although it is a killer song for a musical, it’s not a rock song, which I feel is at least a fraction of who I am. Even though I was looking through everything from Sinatra & Norah Jones to Pink Floyd & Jane’s Addiction… I finally found a more accurate assessment:
A song that describes me: The Ocean, Led Zeppelin
It’s such a great song. The lyrics totally spoke to me… and describe my life. I often sing in the sunshine & laugh in the rain (and snow!) while drinking… And even though I don’t have much of a connection to the ocean, my ocean = Lake Michigan, which is better than the ocean if you ask me. I used to sing on the mountains… but the mountains washed away. Yup. I lived in the mountains of Tucson, but I came back to the shores of Michigan, to raise my family: a girl who won my heart. 2 girls, but that’s a technicality.
To me, The Ocean tells a simple story about finding your own way to live the good life, by embracing and truly enjoying every moment. Ever since I adopted my embrace the moment mantra, life really has been incredibly good to me. I’ve even learned to laugh through the frustrating moments. It’s life.
And The Ocean is my song.
Singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain
Hitting on the moonshine, rocking in the grain
Got no time to pack my bag, my foots outside the door
Got a date, I can’t be late, for the high hopes hailla ball.
Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean’s roar
Play for free, play for me and play a whole lot more, more!
Singing about good things and the sun that lights the day
I used to sing on the mountains, has the ocean lost it’s way.
Sitting round singing songs ’til the night turns into day
Used to sing on the mountains but the mountains washed away
Now I’m singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart
She is only three years old and it’s a real fine way to start.