Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Live Like We're Dying"

It's been a music weekend. There's nothing like a good snow storm to inspire me to catch up on some movies, read a good book, or in this case, update my music collection. This morning I heard a song on the radio that I had to download. It's called "Live Like We're Dying," by Kris Allen. When I heard it, I paused, smiled, and nodded to no one in particular.
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day to
Turn it all around or to throw it all away
We gotta tell 'em that we love 'em while we got the chance to say
Gotta live like we're dying
I can't help but notice that many musicians are writing songs that recognize how fragile and fleeting life can be and the need to make the most of the time that we're here. Can it be that in this time of global and personal crisis we are collectively inching our way to the realization that, as my friend Cathie says, we are all on this earth on borrowed time?
You never know a good thing 'til it's gone
You never see a crash 'til it's head on
That says it all - the urgency of the present moment, summarized in two lines of a song. John Mayer recently released "Say," his example of this artistic trend, urging people to live in the Now.
Take out of your wasted honor
Every little past frustration
Take all your so called problems
Better put them in quotations
Say what you need to say
Say what you need to say
Nickelback had the same idea with their song "If Today Was Your Last Day."
If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
donate every dime you had?
What if today really was our last day? Why not say what we need to say? Why not live like we're dying? Dying just makes us live harder anyway. Let's take advantage of these art-reflects-life reminders, make the most of our borrowed time, step over our fears and seize the day.

Carpe Diem!



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