Heart “There’s the Girl” and Choosing to Do Something You Know Is Wrong

Heart’s hit from the 80s “There’s the Girl” is a question to a man chasing after a girl, asking “is she really right for you?”  It sounds like a story of someone giving in to an infatuation, knowing well that she isn’t right for him. I’m sure a lot of …

Learning a Sobering Lesson Vicariously Listening to Sting “I Hung My Head”

I sometimes wonder the value of telling tragic stories, and I do believe there are a number of good reasons.  Sting’s “I Hung My Head” is a sobering one but it helps me connect that sense of “what have I done” — an acute sense of regret — and feel …

Envisioning the Use of Time While Listening to The Winery Dogs’ “Time Machine”

“Time Machine” is a hard rocker with introspective lyrics about one’s regret over letting time go by.  It may be a song about procrastinating — and while that sounds a bit trivial, we know that procrastinating can have dire consequences.  You can spend your whole life procrastinating important things, only to come to …

Pondering the Cost of Pretending from Foo Fighers “The Pretender”

Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” features lyrics that are wonderfully ambiguous — it’s a passionate plea to fight pretending without being specific about the story or the situation.  So that means it leaves a lot of room for interpretation and putting in your own story. Now, it’s easy to say “be …

Consider the Risks: Van Halen “Jump”

You may wonder, Van Halen and deep thoughts?  But “Jump” is a quintessential impactful song, one that elicits emotional response from me — that of joy and happiness.  The chords and music work together to create a sense of exuberance. That said, lyrically, this song isn’t saying “I’m so happy, …