It's that time again. This week's gracious hostess, the Crown Princess from Ooh, a Shiny Pen, has posed a musical challenge.
"I want to hear the ONE song that is you. The song that whenever it is heard, you smile. I am not looking for the soundtrack of your life, just that one song. Your friends hear it and think of you."
My first thought was that this was going to be a tough one. Out of all the thousands of songs, picking just one that represents the very essence of me. About four years ago, I decided that my theme song would be Modest Mouse's "Float On." But as much as I'd like to be, I'm not that laid-back or easy going.
My single most transcendent running moment occurred with U2's "Beautiful Day" as the soundtrack. That song definitely makes me smile and it also transports me to West Division Street in Chicago. But no one else would think of me when they hear the song.
One of my all-time favourite songs is Simon and Grafunkel's "The Boxer." Peter thinks it's depressing and can't understand how I can listen to it on continual repeat. The last verse is the best summary of my personal aspirations that I've ever found. But it's just that:an aspiration. I aim for it but don't always get there.
Inspiration struck while I was waiting for something to download at work last week. Around about the time that I was dropping out of law school and moving to Ireland to live with a guy my parents had never met, my dad was taking sign language classes. His final assignment for a class was to perform a song in sign language. My dad picked "Wild One" by Faith Hill, because it reminded him of me. I might be just another Daddy's Girl, but I think he's right about it.
You can check out the lyrics here (edited to avoid repetition of the chorus) or, if you have some time and like country music, scroll down for a YouTube video. And if you doubt my dad's assessment of me, you might want to read my adventures in a blizzard.
Faith Hill - Wild One
They said change your clothes
She said no I won't
They said comb your hair
She said some kids don't
And her parents dreams went up in smoke
They said you can't leave
She said yes I will
They said don't see him
She said his name is Bill
She's on a roll and it's all uphill
She loves Rock 'n' Roll
They said it's Satan's tongue
She thinks they're too old
They think she's too young
And the battle lines are clearly drawn
She has future plans and dreams at night
When they tell her life is hard she says that's alright
She's a wild one
With an angel's face
She's a woman-child
In a state of grace
When she was 3 years old on her daddy's knee
He said you can be anything you want to be
She's a wild one
Note: I've removed the video in the hopes that people will be able to see the link to comment. I think the video was pushing off the alignment or something.