There’s a song for every situation, isn’t there? I’ve referenced the song ‘Stop & Stare’ by One Republic before (1:38 into Cello), but that was more of an attempt at wit. Let’s reference another One Republic song, but this time I’ll do it simply because of its blatant meaning.
Women love the calm guy, the guy that never seems bothered by any sure forebodings that would fluster the average being. Not calm in an aloof way, but rather in a way that can co-exist with him also being fully aware of the challenges of reality; i.e. less Napoleon Dynamite and more Napoleon Bonaparte. Any man would confirm the following observations; 1) Men don’t behave this way for the sake of women (or anyone else), but rather because it’s an effective approach to scaling life’s hurdles. A la “keep calm and carry on.” 2) In hard times, this balance of mentality can only be maintained by appreciating the very little things. There’s more to this, but this simplified version suffices for the point.
I flew from Dallas to London, landing at Heathrow on 5th Feb, 2011. The plan was to release Live from a Park Bench, do some gigs, and record another mixtape and an album…all in three months. The best laid plans of mice and men. So much has happened since then (some great and some not-so-great), but the intent here isn’t to get into the details as such, that’s for another day. Instead let’s focus on how there’s not much to complain about. In fact, what are the chances that someone else has gone through the exact same as me and has expressed that same sentiment with the first nine bars of a song? Ryan Tedder (One Republic’s lead vocalist):
Woke up in London yesterday
Found myself in the city near Piccadilly
Don’t really know how I got here
I got some pictures on my phone
New names and numbers that I don’t know
Address to places like Abbey Road
Day turns to night, night turns to whatever we want
We’re young enough to say
Oh, this has gotta be the good life…
Having said all this, there is still more to it. It’s all nice and good to outwardly convey calm, but on the inside, the mind should be anything but. Here’s a representation of mine, sticking with the Good Life theme and instrumental.
Keep calm and go hard! The good life.