Monday, September 5, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5

Anybody who's known me for more than five minutes knows that I can't be presented with a topic like what song inspires me without using a song from my favorite band of all time, 311.  See, I've been a huge fan of 311 since I was in about the 4th grade.  This was right about the time that Transistor and Down had videos on MTV (yes back when MTV actually played videos) and every day before I went to school, I would watch a few videos, and 311 would be played every single day.

I had quite a bit of trouble deciding which song to use since I find many of them very inspiring.  Do I go for the typical (if somewhat depressing) Beyond the Grey Sky?  What about the iconic Amber?  Nope.  I'm going to go a different route.  311's 2009 album Uplifter couldn't have a better name.  Every song on the album makes you feel good for one reason or another.  Of the songs on the album, one of my favorites is It's Alright.  Here's the lyrics for your enjoyment:

Stay with me
Here with me
Right in this instant
Not in the distance
When your head is off in future time
That’s the place when things get out of line
Taking in this moment
Your time is so well spent
It’s alright
Wherever you are right now
I tell you it’s alright
That’s where you’re supposed to be now
Stay with me
Here with me
Right in this instant
Not in the distance
Standing at a crossroads, I was at a loss those
Temporary moments pleasures that are stolen
Here in the present
Your time is so well spent
It’s alright
Wherever you are right now
I tell you it’s alright
That’s where you’re supposed to be now
That’s where you’re supposed to be now
A song, one song, could end a war, could end the war
A song, one song, could end a war, could end the war
(Around we go, around we go)
A song, one song, could end a war, could end the war
(Around we go, around we go)
It’s alright
Wherever you are right now
I tell you it’s alright
That’s where you’re supposed to be now
It’s alright
Wherever you are right now
I tell you it’s alright
That’s where you’re supposed to be now
That’s where you’re supposed to be now
No matter what type of mood that you're in, there's really no more positive message to hear than "whatever you are, wherever you are, it's alright, because you're exactly where you're supposed to be".  

I can't simply tell you that this song is inspiring or motivating.  It wouldn't do 311 justice.  Everything the band does about having a great time, being the best person that you can be, and generally being awesome.  The entire idea of 311 is that human beings are all one people, one nation, one society, and that it is our unity that brings out the best of people, the best of situations, and the best of everything. 

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