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642 Things to Write About Challenge: Week 22

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 03•13

A more light-hearted, fun one this week.  There’s been a lot of sad and a lot of Arrested Development in these parts over the past week-and-a-half, haha.  I love this topic.  It was a lot more difficult to do than I originally thought.  It’s easier to sum up certain life events or periods of time by one song, but much more difficult to find something that represents an entire decade.  Leave your own answers in the comments section, please!  🙂

If each decade of your life was represented by a pop song, what would they be? 

  • 1980’s – “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.  Okay, it may be cheating and cheesy since it’s a Disney song and not a pop song, but this was the most difficult one.  I was born in 1984, so I don’t really have any strong musical memories or associations for the first six years of my life.  YES, I know that Aladdin didn’t come out until 1992, but my childhood was filled with Disney music and if I’m going to pick the song that most represents this decade, it would have to be this one.
  • 1990’s – “Perfect” by Alanis Morrissette.  Easiest one for me.  I spent the majority of my childhood with an inferiority complex.  I’ve never been a jealous person because I’ve never coveted what others had.  I just never felt good enough and always felt pressure to make my parents proud.  The “sequel” to the song, “That I Would Be Good,” was on her second album and almost resonated with me, but this song defines how I felt from ages 6-15 (and probably until age like 26, haha).
  • 2000’s – “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree.  I turned 16 in 2000 and spent the next ten years trying to find myself and figure out who I am.  I often listened to this song as a reminder to always keep my head up to the skkkkyyyy…
  • 2010’s – “32 Flavors” by Ani DiFranco.  Sorry for all the chick music on here, but as I’ve gotten older and tried to grow as a woman, I’ve realized that I’m a great many things, both good and bad.  However, the decade is still early and there’s a lot left untapped for me, so this song could be a very different one in the future.  Ask me again in 2021.

What songs represent each decade of your life?  Do you interpret it differently than I do?

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  1. Michael says:

    1970’s “Philadelphia Freedom” : Being born in Philly and many of my early memories coming on the playgrounds and in the pools of SW Philly, this song was fitting.

    1980’s “When Doves Cry” : This is the decade I went from being “smiley” to being disgusted with life. There were good moments for sure but the general arch was miserable. From misery and upheaval at home to constant bullying in school by the end, I was glad to see the decade end.

    1990’s “Before Dishonor” by Hatebreed : No it’s not a pop song in any sense but it captures the 90’s for me. High school ended allowing me to escape what had been happening. I went from graduating HS to owning a home and getting married but I still couldn’t shake the past. I was just still an angry kid.

    2000’s “Orange Sky” by Alexi Murdoch : This shows the peace I found at times and reminds me on the drives to anywhere and everywhere. Using maps and exploring. Then at the end becoming a father and experiencing a happiness and love I could never imagine.

    2010’s “Young Forever” Jay Z : fatherhood changed me and taught me to appreciate each moment. There’s no time to waste I want to see and share the world while leaving the bullshit behind

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