Early this morning I was driving and feeling a little low; fortunately, my I-pod was playing. With over 1200 songs on there, I'm sometimes pleasantly surprised by a song I haven't heard in a while. As "Better Days" from Bruce Springsteen's 1992 recording called "Lucky Town" played, I picked up on this lyric - "Every fool's got a reason for feeling sorry for himself...". Although I've always loved the lyrics to "Better Days", somehow that particular phrase had escaped me until this listening. But it was just what I needed to hear at that moment. What was the last piece of music that had a similar effect on you?
I've often read and heard it said that popular music (like Springsteen's) is, by definition, fleeting. I suppose there's some truth in that and it's possible not many people will be listening to "Better Days" 50 or 100 years from now. No matter - I get this kind of lift all the time from music and remain grateful this is so. Today it was a lyric; a few weeks ago it was the intense energy of "Guerilla Radio" by Rage Against The Machine; next week it will be something else. Fleeting? Perhaps, but isn't a lot of life about fleeting moments we need to be paying more attention to?