There are certain songs that just resonate with you. Whether that song recreates a moment in time or is just one that you really like, these songs are the songs that helped create the person you are and were a constant companion in the journey called life.
Today we continue exploring those songs in my life and what they mean to me. This is Those Certain Songs. Today’s song, Change by Blind Melon
Artist: Blind Melon
Album: Blind Melon
It’s staying in, it’s gonna find another way
As I sit here in this misery
I don’t think I’ll ever no ??
See the sun from here
They’ll all look at me and say, and they’ll say
Hey look at him, I’ll never live that way
And that’s okay
They’re just afraid to change
You’ve got to stand up
And take a look around and you look way up to the sky
Yeah, and when your deepest thoughts are broken
Keep on dreaming boy, ’cause when you stop dreamin’ it’s time to die
Some ways will work and other ways we’ll play
But I know we all can’t stay here forever
So I want to write my words on the face of today
And then they’ll paint it
They’ll all look at me and they’ll say
Hey look at him and where he is these days
When life is hard, you have to change
When life is hard, you have to change
What it means to me:
In 1992 I watched with the world as Blind Melon introduced us to No Rain and in turn the bumblebee girl. I was enthralled with this band who blended folk and rock bringing back a certain 60’s/70’s sensibility with them.
Picking up the album I soon found that they were more than just the one hit wonder everyone thought them to be, instead, Shannon Hoon and his crew were a talented group of individuals who really had something going. The song that stood out the most to me, Change.
Change is a song about exactly that, changing with the times. It is a simple concept that a ton of folks seem to miss. While I have preached in the past about not changing who you are at your core, sometimes a little change is necessary to make that core stronger. There are times when fighting against the grain becomes pointless and you realize that what you are doing is just fighting yourself. Simply put, if you are the same person you were twenty years ago, you not only didn’t change…you didn’t learn anything either.
Songs with messages like this are pretty important today as we go through a ton of change, The world seems to be in a massive flux with the ideologies of the past century finally clashing in such a significance that it can no longer be ignored. From civil rights movements to those fighting against simple health protections, no one ever wants to be told that they have to change but….sometimes people need to be forced kicking and screaming into the next century. Change is painful, from our very violent births to our deaths, our very nature is that of change, aging, seasons, ideology, everything in our world is about moving forward and gaining from this inevitable change in our lives. There will always be those who reject change, the one’s who view this inevitable fact with fear and contempt. We can do what we can to help them along but remember, as the song states, the people that balk against the inevitable…well they’re just afraid to change. So don’t let them drag you along with them. Move forward and show those afraid…that sometimes change is a good thing.
Late to the Game 8/1/2020
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