Many, many years ago when the donor and I first divorced, I found myself a single mother with two young children. I was sad and lonely and so I turned to caffeine, nicotine and music to keep me going.
Yes you heard that right, I’m one of those people who find comfort, understanding and motivation through music. At that time (dating myself) my songs of inspiration came from the early years of Bruce Springsteen.
My phone is naturally loaded up with Springsteen and the other famous Jersey Boy, Jon Bon Jovi. I don’t always find the empathy from Jon that I get from Bruce, but there are many times when he does inspire me.
Every three or four weeks I make the trip to Avon for dog food. I used to love to have Hubby go with me, but now I find I really enjoy this time to throw on some music and let my hair down.
I plugged the phone in and rather than do my traditional I don’t feel like listening to this song routine, I decided to listen to every song and see what kind of inspiration/motivation I might find.
Of course when you’re driving it’s hard to write things down, but I somehow managed to make a semblance of a list.
Today ladies and gentlemen I present to you my musical inspirations, in the order they came off my phone.
Springsteen: Badlands – Talk about a dream, try to make it real, you wake up in the night, with a fear so real, spend your life waiting for a moment that just don’t come, well, don’t waste your time waiting. (The time is now, I need to get my butt in gear and do the next step, not keep waiting for God knows what.)
Springsteen: Leap of Faith – It takes a leap of faith to get things going. It takes a leap of faith you gotta show some guts. It takes a leap of faith to get things going. In your heart you must trust. (I need to take that leap and have faith it’s what is right for me.)
Bon Jovi: Raise Your Hands – I – I’ve been out on the front line. Where you’ll go down if you waste time. They’ll walk all over you. (I’m sitting here wasting time by not taking my blog to the next level. Um…..during this song I looked at the speedometer which read 100 and I realized, this song also makes me drive really fast)
Springsteen: Sherry Darling – my inspiration from this song was sometimes you just have to kick back and let yourself enjoy!
Gretchen Wilson: I’m Here For The Party – You know im here for the party. And i aint leavin til they throw me out. (Yup that’s me and this blog, I’m here until y’all stop reading.)
Bon Jovi: Wild In The Streets – Sometimes this town ain’t pretty, but you know it ain’t so bad. (I have a tendency to focus on the negative, but that is changing!! More positive please.)
Janis Joplin: Mercedes-Benz – This song told me I don’t want to be someone who just sits back and waits for someone to hand me something, I need to work my butt off if I want to make my dreams come true.
Springsteen: No Surrender – We made a promise we swore we’d always remember. No retreat baby, no surrender. (I can’t give up, I need to keep trying and working it and eventually it will turn out the way it was supposed to.)
Kathy Mattea: 455 Rocket – She’s a Rocket, she was made to burn. (That’s me, I’m wasn’t made to just sit on the side-lines, I’m an all in sort of gal.)
Springsteen: Out In The Street – When I’m out in the street, I walk the way I wanna walk. When I’m out in the street, I talk the way I wanna talk. (I have to stop worrying about what other people think and just be myself.)
Springsteen: Bobby Jean – Now you hung with me when all the others turned away turned up their nose. (That’s you guys! You stick with me even when I’m feeling sorry for myself.)
Credence Clearwater: Bad Moon Rising – No inspiration here.
Jason Aldeen: Crazy Town – One year they repossess your truck, and the next you make a couple million bucks. (Things might not be so great this year, but next year the tables could be turned.)
Mary Chapin Carpenter: I Feel Lucky – No Professor Doom gonna stand in my way, Mmmmm, I feel lucky today. (Negative is out and positive is in, I need to get out of my own way.)
Sixty miles later I pulled into the driveway screaming, All Jacked Up by Gretchen Wilson. While the lyrics didn’t inspire me, I do like the tune and I can be all jacked up with positivity.
So there you have my insights from my music. What inspires you?