Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Go 'head and sang

I’m a child of the ‘70s and ‘80s. It was an era fraught with cheesy TV and even cheesier TV theme songs. Still, I don’t know many people my age who still can't sing all the words to the “Facts of Life,” “Growing Pains” or “Cheers” theme songs.

These songs were important. They’d give you something recognizable, singable. You’d still have the show in your mind, because you’d still be singing the songs long after they were over. Sadly, the TV theme song is a thing of the past. I think “Friends” may have been the last one to really have a full song (who among us didn’t clap along with them?). But I think we should all adopt the theme song in our own lives.

I’m not the first to do this. People have been talking about personal theme songs for years. I’ve given a lot of thought to mine. When I was younger, I would have said “Dancing Queen.” During breakups, I would usually adopt growly girl-power songs, a la Alanis Morisette.

Today, though, my theme song is about me. It’s about finding myself. It’s about enjoying life. And I can sum it up in two words—and an initial.

Cue the Mary J. Blige.

My theme song as of late is “Just Fine” by Ms. Blige. Here are the lyrics to the chorus:

So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
When I’m walking past the mirror
No stress through the night, at a time in my life
Ain’t worried about if you feel it
Got my head on straight, I got my mind right
I aint gonna let you kill it
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..

Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just fine.

Preach, Mary.

Do I always feel that “I like what I see when I’m looking at me when I’m walking past the mirror?” Most definitely not. But I’m working on that. And Mary reminds me to do it.

It’s a perfect theme song—it’s got a great beat and uplifting lyrics. Plus, it’s super fun to dance and sing along to in my car—one of my most important theme-song qualifiers.

Now I want to know yours. Lay it on me.


Tracey said...

Sugarland - Settlin'

I ain't settlin'
For just getting by
I've had enough so-so
For the rest of my life
Tired of shooting too low
So raise the bar high
"Just enough," ain't enough this time
I ain't settlin' for anything less than everything

LT said...

Brickhouse-The Commodores

It comes from me finally being comfortable with my curves :-). "Shake it down, Shake it down now"

Anonymous said...

Like LT, I love "Brick House". It has been "my" song for many years. Regardless of my size, it reminds me that I am "mighty, mighty, just letting it all hang out."

Keep getting your groove on, Erica!