Mar 04

Music Monday: “Carry On” by Fun.

As I sat down to write this post which has been rattling around in my head for a few weeks, I  did a quick search to find out how many other Music Mondays I had written.  I thought it had been sort of a feature of my blogging self.

It was not.

But I want it to be!  Oddly enough, the last Music Monday featured a Fun. song as well. And what I thought had been a “Music Monday” post was actually a post confessing that I let my kids listen to music with lyrics about getting “higher than the empire state.”

And – as it turns – all of these songs have been by the same group.

I may have a little music crush happening?

On to the post…

It is hard to say for certain when a song is autobiographical about a group; however, as I read an article from the online version of The New York Times about Fun., it was hard for me not to at least consider that this song is that.

Take a listen:

Thanks to YouTube for this!

 

It seems to me that this is an anthem to encourage just about anyone.  In Friday’s post, I mentioned that we sometimes don’t pay much attention to how our life happens.  This song just grabs me out of that mentality whenever I hear it (which, btw, is pretty often right now if I am listening to the radio!).  I just want to put on my “walking shoes” and get out there and walk. 

You know what I mean?

I do not mean a literal walk.  I mean that I hear this song, and I want to just go and do whatever it is that I am supposed to be doing.

Watching the video is what made me think that maybe the song was somewhat autobiographical.  The music business is hard, and the three men of Fun. have had their struggles to get where they are today (three songs in the Billboard Top 100 is a great place to be).

But they have just kept making music.  It was in them. They had an idea of what they should do, and they just kept doing it.  And now it has paid off.

Some of my favorite lyrics (click here for all of the lyrics):

We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
So we’ll come
We will find our way home

I want to be clear that I do not buy into the idea that we should think we are awesome at anything.  I am not quite 5’ tall; I am nearly 40 years old.  No matter how much of a shining star I believe I am right now, there is little likelihood that I would be able to play for the WNBA.  However, if I was willing to completely change my life and play basketball40-60 hours a week for the next five years, there might be a chance.  It won’t be without hard work, though. 

We have to be honest with ourselves.

But – if we think we are good at nothing, we need to step back and take stock.  We all have something that can be our “great thing.” It might not be a Grammy Award winning song, but it can be great.

Here are some other great lyrics:

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

I love this song because it puts the responsibility for who we are back in our hands.  If we are sinking, we need to carry on…we need to put our feet on the ground and keep walking.  We need to wake up every day and keep doing, keep trying, and keep believing.

We need to carry on.

Last thought: I want to be sure to state that I realize that some mental health issues can get in the way of our ability to carry on.  However, seeking help, finding out if we need medication, and choosing to try each day is part of carrying on.  I realize that it is not easy, but – honestly – we all have something past or present, real or imagined, and even medical or psychological that gets in our way … this is called the fallen condition of humanity.  And it is hard.  Really hard.

But…

We need to carry on.

So – readers: what are some tools that you have used to be able to carry on?

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