[MUSIC] My Life’s Playlist: Counting Stars

This is an installment of my series My Life’s Playlist.

Today’s feature is a new release, OneRepublic’s Counting Stars.

Wow! Didn’t think I’d ever remember this little series, did you? Well, I haven’t forgotten, just been caught up in other thoughts lately. Expect more of these coming.

Now to the main attraction: OneRepublic! I can’t say I’ve always been a fan of OneRepublic, really. I don’t think they’ve ever really sparked my interest enough, and consistently enough, to make me remember that a certain song was theirs. This song, however, has caught my ear.

Surprisingly, I had no idea the purpose of the song (and really still don’t), which seems to becoming a new trend for me. You’ll remember one of my favorite gems and one of my last Playlist songs, Somewhere Only We Know. The same can be said of those lyrics, with no particular meaning revealed through the song itself. The lyrics can be taken by the listener as they like to take them, and make them into what they need or want for that moment.

And honestly, I can’t think of what these lyrics mean to me, anyway. The music video I believe hints a touch at the artists’ intent for the lyrics’ meaning, but I can’t make the proper connections to really figure it out. I don’t think the meaning of the words is what matters for me in this piece. It’s the beat, that rhythmic, soulful beat which grabs me here. There’s something enchanting, and honest, about this song, both the music and the lyrics.

And I suppose the lyrics touch me with the reality of them. The idea of feeling bad about doing something said to be good, or feel good about doing something said to be bad. The idea of letting money burn, without regard for its value, knowing that you have something far more valuable to cherish. That those things you value most are also less safe than the life of money and comfort, but that risk of discomfort is what makes you feel the most alive in your life, and that is what ought to matter. I wish I had more in my life that I felt that way about. I wish there were more things that were a risk which I loved more than anything to do for myself. I hope to be given those kind of challenging opportunities in the future, and know that is what they are, and grab onto them. I hope I’m given the money to burn without regret. I want to count the stars and feel like I’m counting the wealth of my life.

Huh, I guess I do have a meaning for this song after all. 🙂 Cheers all.


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