Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tune talk

Hold on to 16 as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

This is a line in a song that I find rather moving. The song is Jack and Diane, by John Cougar Mellancamp. I often think of it when something rather unsettling happens in life. I sent it to my good friend, Denice, last year when she sent out a note saying she was officially divorced. It was a difficult divorce-one where he wanted it and she did not. I am not going into the sordid details, but she did meet him as a teenager, and they were married for 15 years before he decided he just didn't love her anymore. Ironic how these lyrics ring true. Adulthood can be so cruel.

I didn't think life was bliss as a teenager, and I am not suggesting that this lyric does either. But it does make me think about how being a grown-up can sometimes just suck. How I miss the land of very little responsibility. I miss when the stakes weren't so high, I miss eating whatever I wanted and never worrying about gaining weight, I miss not knowing what tax deductible meant, or what concealer was for, and I really miss just living in the moment.

There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?

Okay, this one is a bit more somber isn't it? This is Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones. There is an endless list of songs that talk about dreams. This one tells me it's okay if all my dreams don't come true-it's just not okay to lose them. It's easy to do that-forget your dreams. Not many people are living their dreams, but you can sure tell people who no longer have any. It's like being a corpse, and I never want to be there. It's like a song with no melody. Dreams just represent hope. I never want to lose hope.

And, on a much lighter note-

Oh, yesterdays over my shoulder
So I cant look back for too long
Theres just too much to see waiting in front of me
And I know that I just cant go wrong

This is by the ever so fun, Jimmy Buffett-I tell you, it always puts a smile on my face. I have a tendency to look in the past too much. It's not a good habit, and I don't want to do it anymore. I have to believe the best is yet to come.


  1. I love Jack and Diane by JCM. The first time I listened to that song I fell in love with it. The original soundtrack though is so 80s...check it out on YouTube.

  2. And about looking into the past...I dont think there is a problem with it as long as your learning from it too.

  3. I am currently living with a teenager and let me tell you - it's not as much fun as you remember.

  4. SUT-you are right about the past not being off limits. It should just serve as something to learn from. Good insight! You are a great example of that.

    Mindee-I was just thinking of the simplicity of it-but it is so much easier for me with a 4 and 7 year old to think that way. Thanks for reminding me of what lies ahead! :)

  5. "'s okay if all my dreams don't come true-it's just not okay to lose them."

    That line of yours is more profound than any of the song lyrics you quoted. Very nice.

  6. Why thanks anonymous! I feel almost famous now.
    I think being a songwriter would be a great job!