As stated in a previous post, music is simply an eargasm. It can be great for mindless pleasure, energy invoking, PMA igniting and, of course, life lessons. One of my favorite genres of music is pop. Generally because it’s simple. There isn’t a lot of decoding and analyzing. No diamond in the rough. No cryptic message. No eighty-seven page instruction manual. It’s blunt and to the point. Pop love song say, “Hey, I think you’re cute. I like you. I want to kiss you.” It doesn’t get more straight froward than that. And, generally speaking, I struggle to refrain from dancing to most pop music. Justin Bieber and Ke$ha are definitely two of my favorite pop pleasures. Hands down.
However, I can never dismiss the awesome tunes that I bumped ten plus years ago. Songs include (but are not limited to) Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning,” Shaggy’s “Bombastic,” and Spice Girl’s “Wannabe.” Today I’d like to dig up an old track by Smashmouth you all might be familiar with. It seems like a mindless pop song about being an “allstar.” Then, you watch the music video and you swirl super powers (or lack thereof) into the mix, but the truth is, there are several blatant life lessons floating on the surface of this song. With that said, I’d like to take some time today to break down a few bits of the song and highlight some of the wise words from Smashmouth. (; Please note, this is my interpretation and your take on the jam may be completely different. That’s the beauty of music. We each take a different slice of the pie.
“Allstar” by Smashmouth
“Well the years start coming and they don’t stop coming.” Hey, guess what? The world keeps spinning, whether you like it or not. You’re get older by the day, as are your peers. You will never be any younger than you are in this very moment, so live it up! Stop dwelling on the past. Stop worrying about the future. The time is now and the place is here. Take each day as it comes and make the most of every single one.
“Didn’t make sense not to live for fun.” If you read (which you should if you don’t) Jerry and Esther Hicks, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Joseph Campbell, folks of the like, you would learn that being happy and having fun should be at the top of your priority list. Life is supposed to be fun. You have the ability to change
many most aspects of your life that put a damper on your happiness. For example, if you’re dating someone who no longer makes you happy, you’re working a job that takes a mental/emotional/physical toll on you daily, you’re not pleased with your appearance, you have a poor attitude, etc., etc. If you’re not happy or having fun, make some changes.
“So much to do / So much to see / So what’s wrong with taking the back streets?” Go off the beaten path, per se. To revert back to Joseph Campbell, “Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.” I’m not suggesting you take a solitary stroll down a sketchy alley at night in a bad part of town, but you might discover some pretty cool graffiti and that’s always A+ in my book. (; This world is full of places and things to discover, enjoy, share and learn from. If you’re marching down the street wearing the same uniform as those around you, marching to the beat of the same drum and keeping your eyes focused on the person in front of you, you’re going to miss out on all of the wonders this world has to offer. Go on adventures. Take solitary trips to the park. Take more pictures than you know what to do with. Break down barriers that hold you hostage and run wild.
“You’ll never know if you don’t go / You’ll never shine if you don’t glow.” Basically, you’ll never know if you don’t try. Don’t dismiss your faint glow just because it’s not as shining and shimmering as others. You’ve got to start somewhere. Putting that foot forward is the first step. Don’t compare yourself to those around you. Even the wealthiest/most brilliant/famous people had to start somewhere. The caterpillar doesn’t turn into a butterfly overnight.
“Only shooting stars break the mold.” If you want to be seen, you’ve got to walk out of line. There are billions of people in this world, and we each have something to offer. However, breaking the mold is typically a pretty surefire way to be seen. Nikki Minaj didn’t get where she is today by being mediocre. And, generally, to get there, you’ve got to dismiss other’s expectations/perceptions/opinions of you.
“It’s a cool place and they say it gets colder / You’re bundled up now but what ’till you get older.” Life is hard and it gets harder. But, I beg to differ. Sure, as an adult you are faced with many more responsibilities and expectations, but that doesn’t mean you need to lose your youthful aura. Regardless, perhaps it would be beneficial to “bundle up” with a thick skin, since the world can be a rude/crude/judgmental world and you’ll need one to dismiss any of the comments people will say about you needing to “grow up.” Peter Pan syndrome for life!
“My world’s on fire how about yours / That’s the way I like it and I never get bored.” Keep life exciting. Dance with the flames. Keep things interesting. “Life isn’t boring, you are.” Constantly be fueling the flames that keep your life worth living.
Please enjoy this dramatic reading of Smashmouth’s “Allstar.” Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. (:
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