Afternoon boys and girls,
Just a quick blog about music, and one song in particular. Music is and always has been a big part of my life, since I got my first CD walkman as a kid I was hooked, and be it my iPhone on the go or GaydarRadio at work and home I’m rarely seen without a set of earphones in.
The things that happen in my life often get tied to music, songs remind me of ex boyfriends, of holidays with friends and places I’ve worked. Some songs get so closely linked to painful subjects that I can’t listen to them any more, and I’ll find myself skipping them or turning the radio down – other songs alternatively always put me in a good mood and cheer me up, no matter what’s going on.
One such song is Cher’s ‘A Song for the lonely’. Yes, yes I know it’s a cliché a gay man liking Cher – but who honestly can resist a decent beat and a few key changes? That said it’s not so much the tune the song carries as the lyrics and the meaning that have helped me. I hadn’t really paid that much attention to the song before, but I heard it fairly soon after I was diagnosed HIV positive, and the words just spoke to me.
This is a song – for the lonely
Can you hear me tonight?
For the broken hearted, battle scarred
I’ll be by your side
And this is a song – for the lonely
When your dreams won’t come true
Can you hear this prayer?
‘Cause someone’s there for you
I know they’re a bit cheesy, but they spoke to me at a time when I felt very much alone and confused and I was certain I’d never achieve any of my dreams. Every time it comes on the radio, or on my iTunes I still can’t resist turning it up loud and singing along, it still causes a smile to creep across my face and make me feel like everything is going to be ok.
So if you’re feeling a bit down, a tad glum, or just fancy a fun tune to bop to this Friday afternoon, why not hit play on the official music video below?
Happy Friday everyone – It’s gonna be alright.