Usually, around this time of year, I find a song that will end up being prominently featured on my summer playlist, a current poolside bop that makes me feel alive. One of those tracks that will dominate the season, forever associated with life between May and August.
However, the Summer of 2020 – hell, the entire year – is unlike any I've ever experienced in my life thus far. It's proving to be the most challenging, stressful, and emotionally draining, and there are no words right now to articulate how I'm dealing with what is going on in the world as I write this. Therefore, I'm traveling back in time to revisit one of my all-time favorite songs, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," by Tears for Fears, taken from their iconic album Songs From The Big Chair (and from the opening credits of one of my favorite British films). Thirty-five years after its release, it still hits all the right marks and could very well be a theme song for these gut-wrenching times.
And then there's another great-but-never-forgotten track from the 80s that is also enjoying a slight resurgence in popularity given the state of the world. I feel like Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" could be a theme song accompanying the opening credits of my life every time I wake up in the morning: