Best Days Of My Life

Wow, what a serious title.

Anyway, for the past, I don’t know, year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the best days of my life were and how I wish I could relive them… even the boring parts.

First, though, let’s start about songs about the best days of people’s lives. Here’s a list I can think of off the top of my head:

  • Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
  • Kid Rock – All Summer Long
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • Bob Seger – Night Moves

Not sure if all of them are about like the best times of people’s lives but they were good enough to write a song about.

Anyway, I figure the best times of my life were:

  • Spring and summer of senior year of high school – I was ready to graduate high school so like everything was easy. I didn’t have to nor want to study. I crushed on a few guys from my school (some of them teachers)! School was actually fun. I was living with my mother and sister who didn’t care where I went. I didn’t have money but I had friends and time. That summer I started dating a friend of mine. I would go over his place and hang out. We would IM each other and invite ourselves over to our friend’s pool. I played a lot of neopets. I hung out with a lot of friends; go to the mall and the movies and sushi. I was always up for hanging out. I would sleep late everyday. It was a great life.
  • The May after I graduated from college; spring, summer, fall – This was the time where I really had everything. I had friends, time, and money. We had finally made some friends and we were all living in the apartments in Germantown. It was an amazing time. We would hang out every night. On the weekends, we’d go out to dinner, had drinks, go rent movies, and go back home and watch them. We’d play a lot of Rockband and go over to each other’s apartments all the time. We’d do crazy stuff like light off fireworks, water gun/balloon fights, go to the pool, barbecue, etc. I had everything then… then my dad had to die and it changed everything.

I love my life now for the most part. I have everything… time, money, and friends; but it isn’t the same as those times. I wasn’t constantly hanging out with people or sleeping in late everyday. Just miss those times I guess.

Maybe I should write a song about it.

The Rubble Or Our Sins?

There’s a song I like, Pompeii by Bastille. It tells a story of a city like Pompeii (or it probably is Pompeii). A city that’s so full of sin and then it’s destroyed.

I have used a few lyrics from it before in my own life. In response to why I was leaving a job, I replied, “I was left to my own devices. Many days fell away with nothing to show.” I was bored; my PM just had left so I wasn’t growing. That was one of the reasons why I left.

But I’m not blogging about that aspect of the song this time.

I’ve gotten into debates with friends about another lyric in the song; “Oh, where do we begin? The rubble or our sins?”

This lyric is powerful to me because I often think about my mother and how much she is and has struggled. I also think about those who want to change their life around or, perhaps, myself if I were to fall into a bad action or a difficult time of my own making.

I feel that you should start with your sins.

If you fall in trouble and lose what you have, if you gain what you have back, you have not learned a lesson and could repeat the same mistake again. If you get to where you’re comfortable again, what’s stopping you from falling back to the mistake? However, if you start with trying to better yourself (i.e. start with your sins), then you will have learned and can then build back from the rubble.

I probably suck at explaining that but that’s how I feel. Start with the sins then rebuild.

Ocean City Beach Mix May 2014

Thought I’d blog about the cool mix I created to get us to Ocean City, Maryland for the May 2014 Crusin’ Car show. The mix was perfect. It was a lot of songs I hadn’t heard in a long time… lots of 90’s stuff. The mix was successful as it got us from Bowie to OC without a repeat.

  1. 311- Amber
  2. Ace Of Base – Don’t Turn Around
  3. Akon – I Wanna Love You
  4. Akon – Smack That
  5. American Hi Fi – Flavor Of The Week
  6. B52’s – Love Shack
  7. Blue Oyster Cult – Burning For You
  8. Caviar – Tangerine Speedo
  9. Cher – Believe
  10. Crazy Town – Butterfly
  11. Destiny’s Child – Jumpin Jumpin
  12. Eagles – Life In The Fast Lane
  13. Flo Rida – Low
  14. Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
  15. Justin Timberlake – My Love
  16. Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swingers
  17. Linkin Park – Breaking The Habbit
  18. Lou Bega – Mambo Number 5
  19. Michael Jackson – Beat It
  20. Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot
  21. Nelly – Hot In Here
  22. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  23. Offspring – Pretty Fly
  24. Rihanna – Rude Boy
  25. Rod Stewart – Do You Think I’m Sexy
  26. Rolling Stones – Can’t Get No Satisfaction
  27. Savage Garden – Chica Cherry Cola
  28. Sean Paul – Tempurature
  29. Soup Dragons – I’m Free
  30. Spin Doctors – Two Princes
  31. Sugar Ray – Every Morning
  32. TLC – No Scrubs
  33. Talo Cruz – Break Your Heart
  34. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
  35. Weezer – Beverly Hills

I’ll post pictures on flickr when I get around to it :)

Analysis Of “Half Of My Heart” By John Mayer

Half Of Heart That Wants To Love Half Of Heart That Doesn’t Want To Love
  • Got a grip on the situation
  • Got a right mind to tell you that I can’t keep loving you with half of my heart
  • Got you
  • A shot gun wedding to a bride with a paper ring
  • Takes time
  • Got a real good imagination
  • Got a right mind to tell you that half of my heart won’t do
  • The part of a man who’s never truly loved anything

Elitist Songs

I’ve been wanting to blog about this topic for a while, but some songs just get on my nerves because they are so elitist. A few come to mind:

  • All American Rejects – Gives You Hell – So, should I be ashamed of working 9-5? Most people do. The fact that he gets to party all the time and wake up in the evening, I don’t think I could be jealous of that. And he’ll probably die young. Besides, if the guy DIDN’T miss the person who the song is about, he wouldn’t be singing it, would he?
  • Jay Z – Empire State Of Mind – Jay Z’s saying I couldn’t make it in New York. What does “make it” mean anyway? And you’re not the “new Sinatra”, Mister Z. I know a lot of people who don’t really like your music.
  • Pink – So What – Now this song really makes me angry. Who can actually sing it after they lose their husband? Not me, I’m not a rock star. And I don’t party every night like that light purple character.
  • Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good – All “Joe The Artist” sings about is his money and his fancy life in which he drives a Mazaratti and tears down hotel walls. Who does that?
  • Shawn Mullens – Lullaby – Really? We’re supposed to feel sorry for a rich girl who grew up getting everything she ever wanted? And who is currently a singer making bank? Really?
  • Chris Brown – Kiss Kiss – An eighteen year old with a Lambo… yeah, that’s realistic. He’s from a little town in Virginia. Damn, who are his parents?
  • Will Smith – Miami – Ah, yes, another case of a celebrity going on vacation 1,583 days a year. Must be nice.
  • John Mayer – No Such Thing – I guess super stars don’t need to know about the real world. Mister Mayer should get a real job and see what it’s like for the rest of us working class.