March 11, 2009
Deep thoughts from the dentist’s chair tonight…
Given that my dentist likes to keep the acoustic station on, I get a chance to hear a bit of reflective music during my visits. Sometimes there’s even a country song thrown in there, like the unplugged version of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” that I heard tonight.
But what jumped out at me the most was hearing Five For Fighting’s “100 Years.” I love this song. Early on in my teaching career, the priest presiding over our faculty retreat used it as a framework for a discussion on time. The way it changes us, the way it slips away from us, the ways we try to manage it but it persistently remains in control of us.
There’s a line in there early one, “I’m fifteen for a moment,” that the chorus refers back to: “Fifteen there’s still time for you.” This year I’m turning thirty. It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived another fifteen years since fifteen, but I still remember who I was back then. Fate has been reconnecting me with high school friends that had been lost over time, and reconnecting me with what it was like to be that age in the process.
Back then, I knew what I wanted to be: a music industry hotshot in Nashville. I wanted to run a label, sign cool artists like Kim Richey and vote for the CMA awards. Time revealed that wasn’t who I wanted to be. One philosophy class with a teacher who knew my own reason for being before I discovered it myself put me on a different path, but I never would have met that teacher if not for my original dream.
But fifteen, there’s still time for you, and it’s called Country Universe, my way of staying in touch with the dreams of my youth. He’d certainly be pumped that grown-up me gets to talk to Kathy Mattea and work with a family of writers who share my enthusiasm for great country music and never tire of talking and writing about it.
What songs make you think deeply about life, and why?