Which will end first, the countdown or the lockdown? Well, time’s running out for Team Covid because there’s only four songs left in The Nest’s Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown… and every one of them is as awesome as a box full of possums! As has oddly become a tradition in my last few countdowns, I’m going to call an audible at #4 and use a song that I not only can’t believe I forgot to consider for The Countdown of Whatever since I’ve grown a strange fondness for it, but that I think now is even more relevant than ever….
#4. “Breathe (2 AM)” – Anna Nalick
Among the plethora of singer-songwriters who briefly emerged with a single hit in the first decade of this millennium is a young lady by the name of Anna Nalick. The name may not mean much to you, but her magnum opus became ubiquitous (in America, and apparently New Zealand!) in the 2000’s, while seemingly being lost to time now. This is one of the more thought provoking and life observant songs you will ever see written by a 20 year old…
And the song itself isn’t bad either! Well, at least I love listening to it. “Breathe” fell just outside the Top 40 (the pop charts this century are pretty meaningless), but it became a bit Adult Contemporary hit when it was released in 2005.
I’ve never much been into the lyrics and especially the meanings of songs. I don’t care about the message, I just want something that’s going to make me bop my head around like a fool for a bit and has a great or unique sound to it. But I love the imagery conjured up by Nalick in “Breathe” describing how little control we have over the flow of time and life itself.
And like Anna says…. just breathe.
If you thought this week’s song was a bit too slow for you…. next Monday will be just the opposite. You’ve got seven days to get those dancing shoes out!