For my final LA/SS assignment, I will be creating a list of songs that demonstrate the school year and how we feel about it. I chose this over writing a letter to a teacher because this option seems more fun and up my alley, so to speak.
1. Time in a bottle – Jim Croce
We all enjoyed Quicksilver’s moment of glory in X Men: Days of Future Past. But the song that played in the back ground had a certain meaning to it. Jim Croce, the performer of the song, described in his lyrics that he wished days could last forever, and I think that that applies to middle school. The days go by so fast; one minute, we’re sitting in class on the first day of school, wondering when the school year will end, the next, we’re packing up, saying our goodbyes/farewells and going off to summer. Not many realize this, but time can only keep the days going for so long. Eventually, it has to end.
2. Celebration – Kool & the Gang
While the first song may talk about regret and lamentation, this song is the complete opposite. This song talks about how we should embrace the coming change, and even rejoice at the rite of passage we have been handed. This applies to middle school very well. We should celebrate our moving into high school, and enjoy it while it lasts.
3. Stay with Me – Sam Smith
Despite the celebration, there will be some who are reluctant to leave middle school. This song sympathizes with that feeling. This song was written by Sam Smith in honor of his LGBT status and is sung in honor of his former partner, wishing that he could “Stay with[him]”. In middle school, there are some people that are attached to middle school and reluctant to leave, same as how Sam Smith was reluctant to let go of his partner.
4. We Will Rock You – Queen
Sometimes, rock anthems have meaning to them. Such is the case of We Will Rock You, this song describes the life of a man, from young boy to old man. This also applies to us middle schoolers. We are young kids right now, growing into adults, and then to old age, and then death.
5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
This song, again by Queen, talks about how we shouldn’t be stopped of what we want to do in life, instead of just waiting for opportunity. In gamer terms: Sure, be a camper; be someone who waits for opportunity. But if you want to be successful, you do what you can. Rush, storm the front, get out there.
6. Beat it – Michael Jackson
At #6, we have Michael Jackson’s hit single, Beat It. This song may just seem like a song used in discos and clubs, but there is a hidden meaning. In life, fight where you can. But where you can’t, don’t. When you face an opponent you can’t beat, no one will judge you if you run the other way. The path of the least resistance isn’t always the wrong path. Running away is more wise than staying and being humiliated.