The end of the school year always brings about a serious mix of emotions. Early in my career, as soon as May hit, it was game on. Summer time...free at last! Alice Cooper serenaded my every move as the year wound down, lockers were cleaned out (I was a PE teacher), grades were finalized and summer plans were made. The next school year was just a blur on the distant horizon and I had things to do. Fifteen years have passed since I first danced my way off campus into a glorious summer break. Since then, I've had a career change ( I went to the dark side...administration!), got married, and had 3 children of my own. Now I somehow find myself closing out my 15th school year.
I have always a been a lover of music, of all kinds....from Prince to NKOTB to Ani Difranco to Bone Thugs to Montgomery Gentry and Waylon....I like it all. Now I find myself behind a desk more often than before, and I've been listening to music differently. Recently I was listening to a Ryan Adams song and the lyric, "Am I really who I was" floated through my ears and stuck with me. I don't always know the answer to that question, and I'm not sure I ever can. But thinking about that gave me an idea: track the songs I listen to throughout the year. I began to reflect and realized at different times of the year, different genres and artists enchant me. Below are my songs and sentiments for May and June. I ask that you reply with some of your favorites that help you digest another year, shake off the EOY stress and remain hopeful and focused for the next.
Tom Waits-'Ol 55
Spellbinding, hypnotic look at yesteryear!
Always my favorite compared to the more apt "1999"
Empire of the Sun-Concert Pitch
Intended as a party-esque love song.....one could interpret the lyrics (at least most of them) as a sociopathic dedication to one's school? I don't know, I just love the song!
Ryan Adams-Lucky Now
I found this song at the very end of the film This is 40, and fell in love with just that line. Here it is in it's entirety- "I feel like somebody I don't know, are we really who we used to be. Am I really who I was". I ask myself this question daily however I find the EOY an important and appropriate time to attempt to answer it, at least in a professional context.
BoyzIIMen- End of the Road
Come on! I was in middle school in the early 90's!
I lost a cousin years ago named Amanda, this was her namesake song! Aside from that, it's a beautiful ballad of a man looking himself in the mirror and coming to grips with what he sees.
Pink Floyd-Comfortably Numb-
A little sarcasm here but by the end of the year my head feels like two balloons
Band of Horses-The Funeral
No pun intended here....just a beautiful song with a slow build and a great finish....they type of year I always hope to have!
Bone Thugs and Harmony featuring Biggie Smalls- Notorious Thugs
Again, don't judge me....it gets me through some days
One of the catchiest rap songs ever!
Peter Cetera-Glory of Loveand You're the inspiration
I like to blast these songs from my office for my secretary and co workers. Get's a smile like 60% of the time.
Lastly-About Today, by The National, is a beautiful, painful song that, for some reason, inspires me every time. Perhaps it's the role the song plays in a great move called Warrior? It really doesn't matter, it's just damn beautiful!
At any rate, have fun with this one! My previous two blogs were pretty heavy....needed some harmony to mellow out! I encourage you to listen...or perhaps listen again....and smile, knowing at least one sappy administrator in Northern California is licking his wounds to these very songs!