Pop music while I was at school was amazing. I loved it. You know, like all the super cheesy songs that were terrible but that were so catchy you couldn't help but love? Yeah, those.
I've been inspired this week, by someone who I'm rather privileged to call a friend, to go and get my guitar after watching them play. I was sat at home the other day umming-and-ahhing over whether to go and pick it up, but then I started thinking about when I first started playing it.
I bought my guitar when I was about 15 for £30 from eBay after watching a girl on YouTube do some amazing acoustic covers, and I remember sitting there thinking, I wanna be able to do that! So I bought a guitar and vowed to myself that I'd teach myself to play it. It lasted about 6 months. I taught myself the 4 chords I needed to play practically any Taylor Swift song and I'm Yours by Jason Mraz... and this was perfectly fine by me! I loved doing this, and it was quite therapeutic so I decided to nip home last night and go and get it.
When I say 'nipped' home, I mean, I had all intentions of running in and out again, but then ended up with lots of cuddles from Jake (that's the dog by the way, just in case anyone's wondering...), and a lovely natter over a cup of tea and a doughnut with Mum & Dad. I love going home!
On my drive back to the flat I started thinking about what I would play, and that lead to me remembering all the songs I LOVED in my early teens, which then lead me to of course playing them all the way back through my Spotify. I think I smiled to myself the whole way home. These songs just instantly made me happy! Whether it was the songs themselves, or the songs reminding me of times at primary and high school that made me giggle, they did, and I couldn't help but notice how some of the words have actually quite good and uplifting messages behind them!
So, I thought I'd share some of these absolutely fabulous songs with you guys!
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (2009)
Staring, at the blank page before you,
Open up the dirty window,
Let the sun illuminate the words that you can not find.
Reaching, for something in the distance,
So close you can almost taste it,
Release your inhibitions,
Feel the rain on your skin, no one else can feel it for you,
Only you can let it in,
No on else, no one else, can speak the words on your lips,
Drench yourself in words unspoken,
Live your life with arms wide open,
Today is, where your book begins,
The rest is still unwritten.
Okay, so this one. Us year 6 girls sang this at our primary school as part of the leavers assembly at the end of the year. Right before we were about to up sticks and start high school. We thought we were so cool!
But when you actually read the words of this song, I think they speak a lot of sense! You, and only you are in control of your life. So make it whatever you want. Say what you want to say, embrace everything that happens with an open mind and who knows what will happen tomorrow! But make it something worth remembering in a few years time!
I Don't Want To Be - Gavin DeGraw (2003)
I don't want to be
Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately,
All I have to do is think of me,
And I have peace of mind.
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms,
Wondering what I've got to do, or who I'm supposed to be,
I don't want to be anything other than me.
Who remembers One Tree Hill?! *insert happy person raising one hand emoji*
I LOVED this show. I mean, who wouldn't want to be Hayley James, with a best friend in Lucas Scott and a husband in Nathan, and the most adorable and well behaved son in James. Like, really? How was this fair!
This was the theme tune from that TV show and I think it's great. It's about finding and being happy with yourself which is SO important, but that a lot of us are guilty for not being so great at, including me. You need to be yourself, and I don't think we can be truly happy until we know who we are. But also don't let anyone change you from something they say or from social pressures around you.
Don't be anything other than you, 'cause you, my friend, are just great.
Okay, so, I realise I've only written 2 so far but this post has gone on a bit longer than I expected! So I think I'm going to stop here for now and then I can grace you all with some even more fabulous songs in a post next week. I'm excited already!
What songs did you love while you were at school?