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Second Wind

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Just a couple of random musical thoughts during my treadmill session tonight...

Billy Joel's song "Second Wind" got me stepping right along...I always find this song giving me such a boost! I heard that he had written this to respond to the tragedy and heartbreak of teenage suicide. The video here certainly speaks to that:


You're having a hard time and lately you don't feel so good
You're getting a bad reputation in your neighborhood
It's alright, it's alright
Sometimes that's what it takes
You're only human, you're allowed to make your share of mistakes
You better believe there will be times in your life
When you'll be feeling like a stumbling fool
So take it from me you'll learn more from your accidents
Than anything that you could ever learn at school

Don't forget your second wind
Sooner of later you'll get your second wind

It's not always easy to be living in this world of pain
You're gonna be crashing into stone walls again and again
It's alright, it's alright
Though you feel your heart break
You're only human, you're gonna have to deal with heartache

Just like a boxer in a title fight
You got to walk in that ring all alone
You're not the only one who's made mistakes
But they're the only thing that you can truly call your own

Don't forget your second wind
Wait in that corner until that breeze blows in

You've been keeping to yourself these days
Cause you're thinking everything's gone wrong
Sometimes you just want to lay down and die
That emotion can be so strong
But hold on
Till that old second wind comes along

You probably don't want to hear advice from someone else
But I wouldn't be telling you if I hadn't been there myself
It's alright, it's alright
Sometimes that's all it takes
We're only human
We're supposed to make mistakes
But I survived all those long lonely days
When it seemed I did not have a friend
Cause all I needed was a little faith
So I could catch my...

I also think of the song from the stamina perspective...as in, we all have more reserves than we may realize! Physically and otherwise! If I need more than a second wind I call on Pat Metheny's frenetic Third Wind...live version is best:


Now THAT song is a definite 6 mph-er! :-)

Although this song isn't so peppy, it gets one thinking about what it takes to feel better: Morphine's "Cure For Pain":

Where is the ritual
And tell me where where is the taste
Where is the sacrifice
And tell me where where is the faith
Someday there'll be a cure for pain
That's the day I throw my drugs away
When they find a cure for pain

Couldn't help but think that we here at SparkPeople have found that *CURE*! :-)

Here is the band performing that song:


However Sandman, the lead singer is off-key, probably indulging too much in his "cure"...he sounds better on the album:


Heading out of town for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary...should be lots of time for working out and swimming at the hotel and getting caught up with my reading / pondering / acting on Chris Downie's book "The Spark!"

Everyone have a super weekend and keep on Sparkin'! :-)

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  • S318830
    Very cool. I love that song. Billy Joel is a favorite. I hadn't realized it was specifically for teen suicide, but seeing the words written out, it seems clear. I like "Pressure" too.
    4105 days ago
    Love Morphine. I've been meaning to tell you that I love The Strokes Reptilia for running!!!!! There's a great line in there - "Please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast" And when that comes on it just spurs me ahead. Great tempo, too. :)
    4106 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    I love Billy Joel! Thanks for some ideas, you never know where inspiration will find you. Have fun this weekend.
    4106 days ago
    Love the music options, especially 6 mph worthy songs. Thank you for sharing Don.
    4106 days ago
    I can picture you "treading" to this! Happy Anniversary to both of you! I will catch up with you when you get back.
    4106 days ago
    And I thought you were going to tell us you were a bag of wind... catching his second breath ...lol

    4107 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/30/2009 1:25:48 AM
    I did the pre-order- I want my book!
    Ah, well.
    I can see you bouncing along to all these songs... makes me smile.
    4107 days ago
    Music rocks my world, and speaks to me and many others as nothing else can!!!
    4107 days ago
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