We are the champions my friend, and we’ll keep on fighting till the end! –Queen, “We Are the Champions”
Everyone has a motivational song that, upon intro, gets you moving. It might be sad or it might be sweet. Some like it obscene and some like it simple. No matter who you are, or where you come from, everyone has a song. For those who have to deal with the monotony of everyday life, you HAVE to have a song, THAT SONG. The song that reminds you you’re still alive, gets your blood flowing, and makes you want to MOOOVE! For those of us here at the wonderful QLP “Cubeville,” there are a wide variety of tastes in music, with each one bringing their own special something.
For me, that song is “Angel” by Robin Thicke. This song holds a special meaning to me because it’s the song that my daughter was born to. For me, anything that reminds me of her always puts me in a better place. It’s a song that lifts me up and reminds me of the love I have for the special people in my life. I don’t remember a life without them, and I wouldn’t even want to imagine one. However, when I’m looking for motivation and something to get going, I always turn on “Keep Your Head Up” by Tupac. The song just reminds me that no matter how frustrated or stressed I get that somewhere the skies are blue and that easier, calming times are coming. I know it’s not as upbeat and fast as most would think of a motivational song to get you going, but it does the job! No matter what happens, as long as you keep your head up there isn’t anything you can’t overcome. What better ideal could you ask for?
Now, when the QLP Boss Man, Mr. Bret Bonnet himself, needs something to get him amped up, he turns on “You’re Gonna Go Far Kid” by The Offspring. His lyric of choice from that song is: “Dance f*cker dance, he never had a chance…” He likes to listen to this song because there is a lot of yelling and screaming and there’s a catchy beat to keep him awake. When he’s looking for something to move him and lift his spirits, his motivational song of choice is “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. He says his favorite lyric is: “Give me your eyes for just one second / Give me your eyes so I can see – everything I keep missing / give me your love for humanity. / Give me your arms for the broken hearted – the ones that are far beyond my reach / Give me your heart for the ones for gotten – give me your eyes so I can see.” For Bret, there is something very humbling about this song. He feels that he can listen to it whenever he needs to get back in touch with reality.
For fellow web team member Serenity Morris, that song of choice is “Helplessness Blues” by The Fleet Foxes. Some of her favorite lyrics from the song are: “I was raised up believing I was somehow unique / Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes, unique in each way you can see / And now after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be / A functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me…” or: “If I know only one thing, it’s that everything that I see / Of the world outside is so inconceivable often I barely can speak…” For Serenity, her favorite part of the song is the epic beginning. It always inspires her to create and to feel satisfied in ALL that she does. This motivational song sometimes even moves her to tears (both happy and nostalgic), mostly because it is about coming to terms with living your life and always striving to be different, when really you serve a greater purpose striving to be something great. She also loves it because it can be interpreted politically and it also transpires into a beautiful love song.
Video specialist Joseph Giorgi’s band of choice at work is The Killers. If he is looking for a song to motivate him to do more work (or at least finish the work he has), then he turns on “Mr. Brightside.” Although the song’s lyrics aren’t exactly intended to motivate, for Joe the overall sound is catchy and entrancing in all the right ways, which makes it tough not to love. It’s got a very pleasant vibe to it, and it’s the perfect example of the style that The Killers had when they first hit the scene: a kind of alt rock/synth pop hybrid sound. When he listens to that song, it makes him feel a bit more energized.
This is only the first half of QLP Cubeville’s motivational songs — stay tuned a little later when we tackle the second round!
What are your favorite motivational songs or bands? What music gets you through the day and inspires you when you’re feeling down?