Baba O’Reilly

I won’t be ashamed to admit it, but I first heard this beautiful song on an episode of Dawson’s Creek. It was an episode where Jen (played by Michelle Williams) was in a mood (as they all usually were on the show) as she was trying to decide whether to go on holidays with her estranged parents or her has-always-been-there-bestfriend Jack (played by Kerr Smith). In an attempt to clear her head, she puts on this song and gets up on an armchair and totally just rocks out in a very cute way. I fell in love with the song then and I haven’t stopped loving it since.

Many people mistake the title of this song as ‘Teenage Wasteland‘ because the words ‘Baba O’Reilly’ are never once mentioned in the song but be assured, it’s the correct title. This song was the main reason I went to see xThe Whox in Dublin. And this week when David Cook sang it to get into the top 3 of the Season 7 American Idol competition… I loved it even more!

I don’t even really know why I love it so much. Sure, it’s a great song. Sure, it’s got amazing lyrics, composition and yadi-yadi-yadda. But I usually fall for songs that tie in to something significant that happened in my life. But this song has managed to creep into my heart and has permanently lodged itself inside without any significant event to remember with it. So much so that I will do my best to catch any and every episode of CSI: NY that I can (it features this song as the theme song).

It could be my all time favourite song. But there are quite a few songs that could give it a run for it’s money… I may write about these songs. I may not… we’ll see where the tide takes me.

What’s your all time favourite song?

Because it takes my breath away

I close my eyes and let it take over my heartbeats, as the instruments take their places in the choreography of the song… I breathe in deep and out slowly. Getting the first note right, doesn’t always mean the song will go well but it just gives you that extra push. There’s no feeling like letting it all out from your diaphragm.

I love to sing, and I think I’m good – not good enough to get on Canadian Idol but maybe that’s a good thing. Everything happens for a reason right? There’s just something about belting out words that mean something to you, in a tune that completes the song. There’s a feeling that I get when I get to sing the songs I love, out loud. And the only way I can describe the feeling, is to say that, “My soul is happy when I sing.”

It’s happier when I sing well, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had the voice to sing a full song well. My diaphragm is out of practice, and my perma-cough doesn’t help matters much. But I still sing, to myself. I don’t sing in the shower anymore because I can’t seem to remember the lyrics to songs very well either. So I just end up singing the same verse and the chorus over and over again. But when I get in my car, and there’s traffic ahead… it’s like a dream come true. I get to concentrate on my singing and let all my troubles melt away.

I miss performing though, so I’ve been considering joining some sort of choir… or maybe just disciplining myself into learning lyrics so I can perform for people when they ask me to. It just seems like a waste not to, since I’m fully capable of singing A Capella.