Do you have a certain song that just puts you in a good mood? Any song in particular or artist that just gets you feeling like your true self? No matter what kind of day you’re having you can just put your headphones in and drown out the world to that one album that makes you feel good. For me it’s Drake.
I got into his music the summer of 2010. I had only heard “Best I Ever Had” a couple of times and I was in the need for some new music. I searched iTunes for new music and his “Thank Me Later” album had just come out so I downloaded it.
I sat in my favorite rocking chair (because at heart I am a grandma) and plugged in my headphones, I listened to the entire album from start to finish and was sold. There was just something about his music and his lyrics that got me hooked. Yes, some lyrics aren’t the most appropriate lyrics in the world, but most of them just flow together so perfectly. I got to the point where I could, and still can, recite every lyric to every song on that album.
I would listen to it on the long bus rides to meets and it put me in the best mood, and really got me pumped up. There was one track meet my senior year where my coach accidentally entered me in the wrong race. I had gotten there at eight in the morning for a race at eleven and ended up not racing till four in the afternoon. I sat down under the bleachers and listened to Drake for most of those eight hours, by the time I was ready to race I was in such a relaxed and motivated mood. I got on the track and won my first ever race at Western.
I associate Drake’s music with track and cross country, with trips to meets starting out the windows at the trees passing. With feeling heartache and motivation, along with the most confidence in the world. When I listen to Drake I go back to summer of 2010 when I was really getting into my grove and really feeling myself.
Yes I know, I’ve written 382 words on why I love Drake, but I do and I love his music, and it will never fade. There is something about your favorite artist that puts you in some kind of mood and lifts your spirits.
I had a weird start to my day yesterday. It was the first day I didn’t drive and take my son to day care, my husband did. I felt super lost running around feeling like I was late for work and like I was missing something. I got to work and put my coffee on top of my car while I got stuff out and next thing I know it’s all over the ground and all over my shoe. I felt behind at work and had a lot piling up on my plate.
It’s always the small things that seem to add up and mess with you. They make you seem like you’re having a bad day when in reality it’s really just a few bad hours.
I ended up getting coffee with my sister on our lunch break, picked up my adorable smiling little boy from daycare, got to see my dad, got some delicious Valentine’s Day treats from my mom, and came home to exchange Valentine ’s Day presents with my fantastic husband. Jason made some tacos while we watched Jeopardy and New Girl, overall it was just how I needed to spend my night. After a weird start to my day I was reminded how wonderful my life is, and even though the little things can throw you off..they can also make you feel so much better.
You might be wondering..Megan what in the world does this have to do with Drake?
I’m getting there, trust me.
I’ve always been extremely proud of myself for being able to associate certain memories with a song or artist.
Luke Bryan always brings me back to the first summer I met my husband.
Taylor Swift’s speak now album reminds me of commuting to Western for three years and singing every lyric as loud as I could with my sister by my side.
And Whitney Houston’s “I wanna dance with somebody” will always remind me of my dad.
Music brings you back to a certain time of memory of your life that you associated with it, and that’s what Drake does for me. His music brings me back to the time where I first started listening to his music and really started to develop my confidence. All I have to do is put on any of his albums and I will instantly turn into this lyrical gangster you never knew existed.
Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who knows me well.
I woke up feeling the usual Wednesday blues. I did not want to get up and kept hitting snooze on my alarm clock. Once I eventually got up and moving I made the conscious effort to make it a good day by doing all of the little things I love.
I watched an episode of The West Wing.
I ate my oatmeal.
Drank my peppermint coffee.
Took Ian to day care.
I got to work and had several things I had to get started on right away. I looked over to my left and saw my headphones in their usual spot and decided to listen to my Thank Me Later album and that’s how we got to this ramble of a post.
Drake got to me like he always does. He gave me the confidence, energy, and serenity to buckle down and handle things like the boss that I am. When the little things add up to try and get you down, don’t let them. When life tries to stress you out and make you go crazy, do something that makes you happy.
Go for a run, text a friend, or listen to your favorite music.
It’s always the small things that can make or break you. You just have to decide which one of those it’s going to be.