Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Being Upbeat

When I was in high school I discovered the band Asia (about a million years after they started making music). One of the songs I put on every morning for at least a few months, at full blast was Days Like These (I Fell Like I Can Change the World) from Then & Now (act fast, you can get the album for 24 cents on Amazon).

Then I got in contact with my friend Laura from high school. I don’t know if I’d say we were the type of best friends who stay in touch forever, since it’s been about 15 years since we’ve talked, and we were only friends for about a year. But when I think of high school Laura often comes to mind. There’s a point, really.

In high school I’d pick Laura up and she’d drive up to school. It was her way of getting driving experience with her permit. When Annie Lennox came out with Walking on Broken Glass in her Diva album, we’d blast that music, both of us singing at the top of our lungs. We must have looked (and sounded) like idiots, but at those moments we we’re rock superstars and the world would want to hear us. There’s something so freeing about singing out loud with a friend.

Another one was Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. I clearly remember my friend Geoff and I walking down the street with a headphone splitter (remember them) singing like seals and loving our butchering of the song.

So, it’s always great when I get to add to my list of upbeat music. I came across this YouTube video some fans put together of the song I’m Alive. It’s worth watching and seeing just how many people are involved and the absolute joy on all of their faces. Great song to start the day with, but I doubt the kids or Erin would let me sing it at the top of my lungs for a month.

What’s your favorite song to start the day?


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