When ask to name five songs that define you life, one must ask, how can I possibly narrow it down to just five? Alexandra Forsyth as lived a full life and is still very young. People choice songs based on a multitude of reason but in this list her songs defined eras, moments and memories that hold deep in her heart. So when narrowing your list to five, think is this really what defines my life?
Some songs are too prefect to believe.
1. Cuddle Me With You by Ecos Del Rocio
The first words Alexandra used to define this song was,”amazing”. She stated, and this can true in almost all facts of life, that songs are open to interpretation. The codes of meaning if you will are all different depending on the meanings to a song and that’s usually what makes the song meaningful to us. But in this case, Alexandra’s first song probably spoke to her more than your average Top 40 hit. Cuddle Me With You By Ecos Del Rocio speaks of the love for his grandmother even though it seems he loves his grandfather more and even though they are not his parents the love he feels for them is undeniable. Alexandra’s mother enrolled in the U.S. Navy when Alexandra was 28 months old and was sent to live with her grandparents and as she stated it, there was a clear bond with her grandfather. He was always there to give advice and motivate her for the better, however it was her grandmother that she owes her life to. The women who woke her up every morning and guided her through adolecents is the true mother of Alexandra. The song speaks of being raised by grandparents and the love of being under their care, which makes an obvious parallel with Alexandra’s life. The discovery of the song by Alexandra is unknown but the impact is very much known and connectable. As it was stated, some songs can interpreted but others are just meant for you.
A literal “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.
2. Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Imagine your life being turned upside down by one phone call. Some of have experienced this before. Communication is what shapes our reality, whether we are making the call or receiving it, our interactions greatly impact the moments moving forward in life. Alexandra at this point has lived with her grandparents in Spain through most of her childhood and pre-teen years and that’s when the phone rings. Alexandra was informed by her mother that she has found a husband and must move to Florida with her. Reluctant and scared she came to America, unfortunately this was not the beginning of new and wonderful life. Alexandra spoke of the pain and hated she felt towards her mother and newly discovered step-father, she even went to the lengths of turning down all of the pictures of her mother and how her step-father never smiled. This song fit with the idea of teenage angst, Green Day has always sung about this very idea and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” talks directly about the falling short and looking for something new, the very same topics in Alexandra’s life. She was in 7th grade at the time and her step-father would not let her leave the house and like any teenager she spent more of her time in her room playing albums on repeat and one of those happen to Green Day’s American Idiot. Always fitting in line with the rockstar crush, Alex had a crush on Billie Joel Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day. The opportunity to see Green Day live arosed and naturally her step-father said she was not able to attend and Alex decided to sneak out for the chance to see her favorite band at the time. At the show she also introduced to a young and coming band that would come to define the “emo” era, My Chemical Romance. Alex knew the punishment for her rebel ways would be severe but what she came home to was more than she ever expected. Her entire room was destroyed, every poster that defined her taste in music at the time was now off the way, the stuffed animals that she had since she was a little girl were now gone. The end of the night, the end of an era had passed. A year later her mother got divorced and in 8th grade Alex, switched schools. The ironic idea of this song is that Alex not only does not listen to Green Day anymore she finds the lyrics offensive and unreliable. I guess that speaks more to the year and interests of when you first hear a band like Green Day. The communication of have in our everyday lives affect where we are heading and for Alex that meant a new country, a new step-father and a new favorite band.
Everything will pass, the serenity in music.
3. Gary Allen – Every Storm
This list follows the trend of defining an era or moments in life with a particular song. This third song is no different. The origins of Alex’s discovery of this song is what some might define as fait. A after the tragic passing of her best friend , Alex found what came to be known as her song of serenity. To this day Every Storm by Gary Allen is the metaphor for trying times and the peace she finds with knowing that “every storm will pass”. Alex has to weather the storm, a metaphor for dealing with the passing of her best friend, and knowing that “everything bad that happens will go away”. Alex used the song as grieving process as we all do with songs, since her friend was barred away from Alex’s home, she dealt with the pain in another way, she would go to random to cemeteries to listen to that song and find the serenity she needed to move forward. The impact of the lyrics and song itself are so important to her that she got a tattoo to commemorate her fiends memory and meaning. Music can become greatly than any form of therapy scientist have created, we finding meaning in songs to either hide our pain or face it but the emotions that arise can be felt from now until death.
Sometimes the best way to hold on is to let go.
4. Joan Manuel Serrat – Cantares (Poem by Antonio Machado)
The bonds you have with some else can be unbreakable and the reasons behind a significant bond is almost as important as the bond itself. This song was originally a poem by Antonio Machado and the song is by Joan Manuel Serrat. The first response Alex had to this song was her love for Joan voice. Joan was the singer she had always heard growing up and thinks “he is the cutest guy ever” and having grown listening to Joan, she spoke of memories of her grandmother singing along to the radio in the morning. Alex said that this song was a way of living life. Her mother would say to live a certain life and her grandmother would say follow the path of the modern women, school, college, marriage, kids. However, this song spoke Alex as a way where “There is no path” you build the path that lies before you. She related it to the path created by boats, the white water tracks left behind a boat are only momentary. Therefore your path disappears and the tracks you create are only seen by you, the moments in life that define our world are only for us to know. Alex said this song didn’t speak to her until last year. It spoke of the conflicting decisions, her mother and grandmother wanted her to follow a certain path but she wanted to create her own which she did. She as she stated it is, “letting go of the wheel”. The path we create is our owns, if follow the set standards than is it really a path?
A trail of lights to define a night
5. Mando Diao – Dance With Somebody
We have had “one of those nights” where everything seems to fall into place, the stress of life is an a momentary lapse of appearance. These are moments we live for in life, to look back and say that was a night where I wish I could stop time. Dance With Somebody by Mando Diao is not so much about defining an era but a night, a moment where this song kept showing up on this one perfect night. Alex said on that new years night two years ago it was the “best night of my life”. The last of the holiday season seems to be one of the biggest and Alex was with her grandparents in Spain and they live in the middle of the city, she counted 8 bars within a few blocks and this was her first time going to the bars where her grandparents lived. Similar to Top 40 hits in America, finding a popular at the right time is easier than naming the artist itself. Alex said she heard the song every 30 minutes during her bar hopping. By the end of the night she knew every word to the song and she claims it makes her happy, or more simply put “Just a fun song”. We live for moments of happiness and fun and “Dance With Somebody” was the soundtrack to the best day of her life.
I think we can agree this list can define an era, a moment, a memory in Alex’s life.