My mood sets my playlist

By Dwight Collins | Jul 09, 2014

Camden — So I like to sing and listen to music. It makes me feel good and the songs I sing express the mood I'm in: if I'm down it might be some blues; or some hard rock if I need vent some frustration.

Music says what we all want to say but can't put into words. There have been times, more than I can count really, when I have been at a loss for words and all that comes out is a song lyric. I mean seriously, I work with words for a living and there are times when the best way to sum it all up is the way someone else has already said it.

The other day I was talking to a friend and we were discussing the old saying “one man's trash is another man's treasure” and how some people live on the fringe of society – off the things others discard. At one point I started singing the Grateful Dead song "St. Stephen:" “Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills, one man gathers what another man spills” - it said it better than I could.

Songs also have the ability to take you back in time with memories, good or bad, that are sparked by the first few cords. Every time I hear '90s alternative tunes I think of my time in the military and the things that shaped me during that influential time.

There are millions of songs and who knows how many individual words, but the ability to put each one together to make a statement is something I feel is not just awesome, but needed. Over the years I have compiled many different playlists, depending on my mood.

There have been days lately where I think Pink Floyd's "Time" says it best -- “Then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.” We go, go, go and and never take the time stop and smell the roses.

There are other lyrics that make me laugh because they really dumb things down and give a mental picture that anybody can see. There is a lyric in a song Buffalo Gals that uses a simile that I use often, “We hit the town like our parachute failed.” Yup, says it all, and as a guy who has seen what happens when a parachute fails – trust me – you can't hit much harder than that.

Other lyrics and songs explain the here and now, it never fails, a break-up happens and the next song on the radio is “your song” or is so spot on for the situation, it all of sudden becomes the “best song ever” and you play it over and over until finally it becomes the one you change as soon as the first note is heard.

I was like that with a Black Eye Peas song, I had just learned I was getting divorced and I was pretty sure "it was not going to be a good night," but it had a catchy beat and you could sing to it.

Artist write songs about life, so it stands to reason people can relate to song lyrics. For every person and personality there is a song that fits you. If you're a raging anti-establishment kind – punk or heavy metal might suit you. If you are a child of the '60s some Grateful Dead or Jimi Hendrix might be more your style. Soft sentimental types might like the country or the adult contemporary, I like it all, well because, I'm just moody and variety is the spice of life.

So when you see me on the street and you want to know how its going, check my playlist.

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