Something that I have always wished I was good at is song writing. Actually, I wish I was a better musician in the first place. There is some history of musical inclination that runs in my family, mostly on my dad’s side, and I do have some ability to pick up an instrument and play it. But sometimes I hear a brand new song on the radio and literally feel robbed, like Taylor Swift REALLY snuck into my brain and read my thoughts and stole them and wrote a new hit single. Right.
I think the first time I realized that writing a song was going on my bucket list was in the 9th grade. I remember it was almost summer and this strange song started being played. And I know y’all know it. It is called Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen. At first I loved it, then I hated it, then I rediscovered it on iTunes a few weeks ago and now I’m back to loving it. I mean, it’s actually quite brilliant when you think of it, and even though I made fun of some of the things he was trying to bestow upon our culture when I was only 14 years old, a mere 12 years later I can actually see so much truth to what this dude is saying.
In sharing some of what Baz (who names their kid Baz?) says, let me just say first that I really, really, really wish it was me who wrote this. More than I wish I had written Love Story. Or any of the Journey songs.
Don’t read beauty magazines…they will only make you feel ugly.
Can I getta Amen?
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
Tonight I went to this comedian concert thingy with Brian’s two sisters, and even though I had had an emotional day and wasn’t really up for it, I am so very glad I went. Her name is Anita Renfroe, and she is a lot funnier than I was expecting. Don’t you think the best comedians are the ones who don’t need to come up with material by their own devices? I think the funniest people in the world are the ones who make fun of human nature. It’s the perfect material because we can all relate to it AND we all need to laugh at ourselves a little bit more. That’s why everyone loves Russell Peters even though he is outrageously politically incorrect.
Anyways, I am way off track.
My point about Anita Renfroe is that tonight she connected me back to earth, back to human nature, back to this place where I don’t need to feel as much pressure as I have been feeling lately. She reminded us all that we’re not perfect, and it felt SO good to laugh as hard as I did about that. I think I may have even laughed a little too hard, actually. But I suppose that’s what you get when you have a big cry right before a big laugh. The two just totally play off each other, don’t they?
And my point about Baz Luhrmann and his Wear Sunscreen song is that it’s important not to take life too seriously, hey? Of course none of as are fat as we imagine. And Anita said tonight that crossing into her 40’s was bliss because she just stopped caring about body image. I’m not going to wish away the next 14 years and impatiently long for my 40’s, but I am going to start practicing for them. I am starting now. Are you with me?
So maybe one day that song of mine that is lingering in my subconscious mind will get written, and it will be brilliant. But for tonight I don’t mind borrowing someone else’s wisdom. I’m just here to pass it on.