Does anyone else have their own theme-song? You know – the one song, that whenever you listen to it, feels thematic/resonates with your life? And cheers you the hell up to boot!
Me, I most definitely do – which is good, as it means I have something to write about. I’ve had a theme for as long as I can remember, and while it has changed a few times, I’ve had the same one now for the best part of twenty years.
Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper
When I was a child I had a perpetual adoration of ‘Putting on the Ritz’ by Taco. Yes, really. Why? In retrospect, I have no idea. Super duper! What I really did like was the notion of being able to cheer yourself up simply by changing what you were wearing – and the rhythm was very catchy.
It’s still catchy now – that was fun to replay!
I’m not the same as all the rest
My brother put together the music for my 21st birthday celebration (partly with my assistance), and while most of it was awesome music we were both familiar with from growing up, there were a few that had managed to pass me by until that point. He’d put them all on cassette tapes – so I could play them all in the car long after the party had been and gone. And so it was that, after mum had killed herself and I had then had my breakdown, that Chesney Hawkes came to my rescue.
(Stoppit. I mostly have excellent musical taste. These songs resonated!)
The upbeatness and determination of ‘I Am the One and Only’ were just what I needed as I started the process of determining who I wanted to be – as opposed to who I had grown up being. And that’s a long process that’s taken a decade, and is still ongoing. Chesney reminds me I can do that. You can’t take that away from me.
Don’t be afraid of your freedom
Chesney was, however, a small blip in the long-time adoration I have had for the song that sums up my life. This song reminds me, every time, that I am awesome and that I can live the life I want to. I’ve loved it since my early teens, and will probably still love it twenty years from now.
Some of you may have figured it out from the title … for the rest of you, it’s Soup Dragons ‘I’m Free’:
I said love me, hold me
Love me, hold me
’cause I’m free to do what I want any old time
I’m free to be who I choose any old time
Who doesn’t love that reminder?
What’s your theme song, if you have one? Share in the comments!