10 songs about growing and changing come from both young and older song writers. Aging brings change and some people deal with the challenge better than others.
- "For Everyman" by Jackson Browne. "Everybody's just waiting to hear from the one, who can give them the answers." We're all just waiting, like Browne, for Everyman….or Everywoman.
- "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season" by the Byrds. This tune was penned by Pete Seeger in 1959 using the "Book of Ecclesiastes" from the Bible. The Byrds made it a hit in 1965 and it came around again for a new generation in 1994 with the film "Forrest Gump." Each new chapter brings a new life view according to this tune.
- "Desperadoes Under the Eaves" by Warren Zevon. The late, great wry master of the ironic phrase, Warren Zevon wrote this tune exploring the move from the present to the future. Zevon sings from the coffee counter of the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel, "Don't you feel like desperadoes under the eaves? Heaven help the one who leaves." Someone has to make the move and we're all just waiting for the other one to move first, or maybe we'll all just wait with our coffee for the next California earthquake to force the issue.
- "Dolphins" by Tim Buckley. Folkster Buckley states the obvious about change in this ballad with the line, "This old world will never change." It's an ode to peace that was penned decades ago, but still rings true today.
- "The Times They Are a Changin'" by Bob Dylan. Something happened along the way from the 1960's when Dylan penned the lyrics, "There's a battle outside and it's raging. It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls," and the present when the only walls getting rattled are those belonging to the stores selling iPods and Wiis.
- "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. Seal knew a good tune when he heard it and re-recorded this classic by the late Sam Cooke. The chorus repeats, "It's been a long, long time coming, but I know a change's gon' come, oh yes it will." The tune covers rejection, discrimination and personal failure. The fact that Seal did the cover decades after the original was written shows perhaps we haven't changed that much over time.
- "Change" by Blind Melon. The group lyrics of this song end with: "When life is hard, you have to change." It's a challenge put to music and reminds us to "keep on dreaming."
- "Winds of Change" by Scorpions. Klaus Meine penned this tune about the changes that brought freedom to the countries under Soviet rule. The tune also offers hope for the future, "Where the children of tomorrow dram away in the winds of change."
- "Technologic" by Daft Punk. In a tip of the hat to technology, Daft Punk offers the stark lyrics for a generation devoted to "buy it," "upgrade it," "charge it," "code it," fax it," and "format it." It's a new change of the life focused on the screen of a computer and now the tiny screen of a cell phone. Could the group be asking about the wisdom of such a narrow focus? Nah. "Drag and drop it, zip, unzip it."
- "Things Gon' Change" by Ja Rule. The verse in this tune shouts, "We the world famous Murder, Inc. We infamous." Ja Rule challenges the "half man, half beast" and repeats the counter melody of "Things Gon' Change" as the melody sings, "We gangstas from the gutta, we shoot ya then we cut ya." We can only hope that Ja Rule's side wins out.
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