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A Different Tune

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This morning, I created a Linkin Park playlist on Spotify (but if you’re on my Facebook, you already know this.) Linkin Park got me through a lot of bad days in high school, and my early 20s. There was also a bit of Godsmack and KMFDM mixed in there, but Linkin Park was it.

If I had a bad day at school, I would listen to Linkin Park on the way home. If I was frustrated at work, I’d be blasting Linkin Park on my iPod during my break.

If things were bad at home…well, you get the picture.

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

Back in those days, Linkin Park (and the other artists) calmed my nerves. The music hit home, every time, and made me feel like I wasn’t so alone.

Obviously, things have changed in my life since those days. I still have my bad days, and there are still mornings I wake up frustrated but it’s not on even remotely on the same level.

So why Linkin Park this morning?

Because the songs have a deeper meaning for me. They give me a different kind of motivation – not one filled with angst but promise.  The songs still hit home but not as close as they used to and they hold a special place in my heart.  The motivation that this familiar music brings me is one that keeps me moving forward. Strangely, I don’t listen to Linkin Park when I’m upset or feeling like I’m losing control anymore.

I will never know myself until I do this on my own
And I will never feel anything else, until my wounds are healed
I will never be anything till I break away from me
I will break away, I’ll find myself today

No, it’s a completely different tune for me now. One of familiarity, hope and a reminder that things have gotten better so it’s not pointless to move forward.

Guessing that it’s better I can’t keep myself together
Because all of this stress gave me something to write on
The pain gave me something I could set my sights on
Never forget the blood sweat and tears
The uphill struggle over years the fear

Are there any songs that used to mean different things to you in the past that bring out different feelings at this point in your life?

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  • Voyance September 29, 2011, 10:08 am

    Really an original idea but the project seems
    very ambitious.

  • michelle September 29, 2011, 10:54 am

    when i first read this post, i couldn’t think of any songs that really fell in this category. most meaningful songs carry their same meaning for me (mostly incubus <3 <3 <3 them)

    and then avril lavigne came on my pandora. "i'm with you" used to have so much negative/confused emotion tied to it. now, it makes me think of how far i've come and grown in the last decade… and now i feel effing old lol

  • John Thuku June 10, 2015, 8:21 pm

    Linkin Park has the best music. I just love listening to them. I will give this one a try.

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