What A Beautiful Day by The Levellers

“What a beautiful day (hey hey)
I’m the king of all time
And nothing is impossible
In my all powerful mind”

“Then we planned the revolution
To make things better for all time”

I’ve loved this song since I first heard it and sang along without properly thinking of the lyrics. Well, if you properly listen to them, then it’s pretty darn powerful.

Even if we ignore the call for a fairer society, and just consider the possibility that we have the power to change our thoughts and feelings instead of becoming them …

(Please see my post on Anger that I made earlier for how I believe it is possible to switch from being Angry to something more wonderful: Acknowledge, Accept and then Align differently.)

Clockwise

It’s almost like the universe was trying to give me subtle clues all my life to lead me to this point. Here’s the episode of a Kid’s TV Show I was on when I was 11. Not only was it called CLOCKwise and themed around TIME, but it was hosted by the multi-talented Darren DAY.

The Trick To Life by The Hoosiers

“Everything you love turns to dust,
You’d make more of it but you felt rushed,
By all that’s periphery,
You held tight, but on the contrary,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it, 
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it”

A catchy tune with possibly the deepest and most useful lyrics you’ll ever hear.

Fight Club

“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” ~ Tyler Durden

“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” ~ Narrator

“The things you own end up owning you.” ~ Tyler Durden

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f***ing khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.” ~ Tyler Durden

I know this is breaking the first and second rules, but I feel I must give this movie a mention.

When I first saw Fight Club at the cinema in 1999, I didn’t properly get the message. I just thought it was clever and cool and entertaining, which it totally is.

Years later, I realised how it’s a very well-done attempt at violently waking people up. As shown in the movie, the nameless narrator lives in an emotionally-blunted slumber, as a slave to the wage who is preoccupied by stuff instead of things that actually matter (like human connection). I would guess at least one person reading this right now can relate to that in some way.

p.s. The irony is not lost on me that I have a link to buying something when I’m advocating fewer possessions.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Sorry to be blunt, but if you’ve never seen his movie then you are cheating yourself, your friends and your family out of the better version of yourself that you will become after watching it.

It’s that powerful.

And it’s a really entertaining and gripping story, filled with good humour too.

It’s on pretty much every Christmas and I try to watch it then as an annual reminder of why we’re on this earth.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life”

I’ve liked this song ever since I saw a live performance on TFI Friday almost 20 years ago back in October 1997 and I bought it the next day at work (I was a Saturday boy at a local record store – shout out to my Our Price family!). Within a week, I’d accumulated the entire Green Day back catalogue and I had learned to play this song fairly well on my acoustic guitar. They are still one of my favourite bands to this day.

Those lyrics have proven so true for me in the years since!

All You Good Good People

Lose all your fears
They are keeping you down
You won’t have to fake it while I’m around
All you good good people listen to me

I feel like I meant something you always say you need more time
Well I’ll stay right here and I’ll wait for good until I find a love worth mine

I love listening to this song loud and singing along when I can get away with it.