For the past five years, I have always found a song which has managed to define me as a new year began. In 2009, Stan Bush’s The Touch motivated me to reach higher at my job despite all the challenges and difficulties I was experiencing. The year 2010 saw my musical tastes shift to a little more of a in-your-face approach with Loser Like Me from the Glee! soundtrack, taking pride in a semi-nerdy/dorky background. When 2011 rolled around, Katy Perry’s Firework embodied everything I had hoped for in my life – drifting through the wind, wanting to start again. My life being thrown into so much upheaval in 2012 led my musical tastes to Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten, which was just about as straightforward a description of that year as you could possibly get. This year, 2013, saw Michael McDonald’s Sweet Freedom be my siren song, as it talked of breaking free, seeing the road for what it really was, and being unafraid of blazing a new trail.
This year upcoming shows more promise than ever, and so many tunes simply fill the bill. Coldplay’s Viva la Vida was considered, but it looked more to the past than to the future. Imagine Dragons’ hit Radioactive talks of revolution, but my life is not so much revolutionary as it is evolutionary. Even Robin Thicke’s rather irritating Blurred Lines got a sniff, but that would have been far more appropriate for 2012. Of course, a few classics got a look too, including The Who’s Who Are You? and the more recent hit All Star by Smash Mouth, but none of these really hit the mark. I need to find a song which defined not just who I am, but who I was becoming, where I was going, and what I expected to accomplish in 2014.
In order to accomplish this, I had to pull a hit from an artist who had served my needs well in the past: Katy Perry.
The theme song, which will set the tone for my 2014, is Roar. It is perfect in so many different ways, and I will make sure that I show everyone that I am a champion and that the world will hear me in this new year. It also annoys the hell out of my wife, which makes it even better!
Hope you find your tune for 2014 and, as always, I invite your feedback!