What’s your theme song?
I’ve read a few things lately that talk about the importance of having a theme song: some song that inspires you and speaks to you and that you can play as a psych-up song if you’re going on a job interview or into some other situation where you need to feel confident.
I love this idea, but it’s driving me nuts. I love music, but upon reflection I have realized that my music is comprised solely of songs that make terrible theme songs. There are songs I’ve always loved deeply, like Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want” which are lovely but nothing to base your life on. Or Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” — I love it and love singing it at the top of my lungs, but it’s not really the message I want as a theme song. They Might Be Giants “Shoehorn with Teeth”? Robyn Hitchcock “Balloon Man”? Elvis Costello “The Greatest Thing”? (Ok, that last one could maybe work.)
I considered Cat Stevens “If You Want to Sing Out” but somehow I feel that a song that could have been my theme song when I was 12 won’t help me in working toward being the awesome grownup I’m trying to be.