I was thinking about the theme songs of my life recently – I guess that we all have them. They’re often songs that one hears and they immediately resonate with significance,speaking to who we consider ourselves to be. Sometimes they represent a special moment in our lives,or they express something that we yearn for.
Here are five that speak for and to me. Strangely,they’re all by Americans,and all are male. Or perhaps it’s not so strange after all,for all are written and performed by men who have lived lives of great texture – and we’re of an age.
ZZ Top,’Rough Boy’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_4ULKpkLNc
Sexy video,expressing a weary macho self-appraisal of the singer’s self-worth – not so much a tough guy,as a worn-out unsophisticated survivor. .
Bruce Springsteen,’One Step Up’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkFQHScyti0
Just how I feel sometimes,and a great portrayal of a disintegrating relationship.
Paul Simon,’Still Crazy After All These Years’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksa4VjKE3RY
A long-term partner called me ‘Crazy Man’ for years,and nothing’s changed much.
Neil Young,’Fuckin’ Up’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8
He looks dangerous,prowling the stage – mad at himself or the world ?
Tom Petty,’A Face In The Crowd’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_umeMtV4QU
Sums up the search for love that we all go through.
Tell me your theme songs – I won’t use it against you !