Artist – Crowded House
Album – Crowded House
Year – 1986
Genre – Soft Rock/New Wave
Happy New Year everyone! I really wanted to find a great song to ring in the new year, and I couldn’t think of a better song than this. It’s a song with a message of hope and optimism despite all the troubles and pain in the past. And looking ahead to a bright future is what the New Year is all about.
The song itself is filled with the bravado of the time period in which it was written. The drums are booming and the guitar echoes and twangs with the opening chords. However, it’s exactly this kind of instrumentation that lends the song the precise mood it both needs and is trying to get across. The powerful instruments add to frontman Neil Finn’s conviction as he sings. The melody in the chorus is catchy and certainly memorable, and the whole song is both well intentioned and constructed.
The lyrics are what make this song both powerful and emotional. As you listen, it really brings to attention to the hardship and suffering in the world. However, the message in the chorus tells us to always look with hope on what’s to come. “Don’t dream it’s over…They come to build a wall between us. We know that they won’t win.” No matter the trials and tribulations of the past, goodness and hope prevail. It’s all about making personal choices. We can choose to give in to despair and look at the bad in life, or we can move ahead and focus on the good we find within ourselves and in those around us.
The song builds and adds more layers of instruments like some wonderful keyboard overlay and a guitar solo, and as the song ends, we’re left to wonder how we’re going to choose to approach the future. For the new year, I hope we all choose to look upon each other with kindness and learn from our past to create a better future. To me, that’s what the song speaks of. It’s got a great message for the new year, and has a pleasing melody as well.
I hope you all have a safe, happy new year. Best of luck to all of you, and thanks to all who have followed and liked my posts. There’s so much more to come! Here’s to 2014!
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