Songs For My Kids: 30-day Song Challenge Day 20

Songs For My Kids: 30-day Song Challenge Day 20

Welcome to Day 20 of this 30-day song challenge – I started this personal challenge as a way to document my taste in music so that if my kids are ever interested they can see the sort of stuff their dad was into. If you want to see what songs I’ve picked for previous days, you can start with day 19 here.

A song that has many meanings to you

Back in 2005, I wasn’t long out of University. My career aspirations were not going as well as I hoped and we (me and Mrs, pre-kids and pets) were struggling to decide where we wanted to settle. It was an uncertain time. The Iraq War was well underway and both George W Bush and Tony Blair had been re-elected, the London bombings happened and Hurricane Katrina followed. It felt like the world was spinning out of control.

That year I also listened to a relatively low-key album called ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’ by Bright Eyes which I fell in love with and has remained in my top 10 favourites since. For day 20 I have chosen a song from this album that means something different every time I hear it.

Sometimes I think it is about the frustration of being stuck in a life you don’t know how to chance for the better. Other times I think it is about being trapped in a war and yearning for a simpler time of ‘kids playing guns in the street’. Sometimes I hear a song about optimism and a call to action for something better. Other times I just hear abject resignation that nothing will change.

13 years later I still pick up on different words and it means something different. I guess that is what great music is: something that you meet at a certain time and place in your life and grows with you.

‘Land Locked Blues’ by Bright Eyes

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