When I feel alive
I try to imagine a careless life
A scenic world
Where the sunsets are all breathtaking
Last night, he asked me what my favorite song was. I immediately thought, “Duh. ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations.” Wait, that’s way too easy and inaccurate. I shuffled through my mental iTunes library. “Are you still there?” “Sorry, yeah. That’s a really tough question,” I answered and continued flipping through mind piles of music… Then I heard it: Accordion under horns on top of drums with a sumptuous delivery of that exquisitely simple line above. Cuts straight to my soul EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Over and over, without fail. “‘Scenic World’ by Beirut,” I said finally, firmly. The memory of my 26th birthday comes rushing in. My parents had given me a pair of Bose On-Ear Headphones that year, and this was one of the first two songs I couldn’t wait to hear through them.
“Cool. I need to listen to that again,” he said. Yes, you really do.