Guys, the 26th chapter of “Julianna’s Story: An Introvert in Denial” is rapidly coming to an end. Chapter 27 is sentences away from beginning and I’m freaking out. I am almost 27 and my life is all over the place; I am nowhere near where I thought I would be and I don’t know how I feel about it. On one hand, look at everything that I’ve survived this year alone but on the other hand why do I feel like I’m right where I was when my 26th year of life was beginning? Not only is my life currently in shambles but I am also down one best friend this year. How did that even happen? How am I currently lacking the attention of the person who constantly gave me too much attention?
26 has been a long road; it has been a chapter full of conflict, unfortunate dates, fascinating adventures, inexplicable pain and it has kept me in a constant state of second guessing myself. The road has been strenuous and at times undeniably depressing but somehow; I’m surviving.
Last Friday, Passenger released his seventh album, Young As The Morning Old As the Sea and with the album came a list of songs that started to calm my anxiety about my upcoming birthday. This man has a way of writing songs about life and packaging them in beautiful melodies that make everything seem easier to deal with.
This Music Monday I want to discuss: “The Long Road”.
You built friendships but they, sailed without you.
You never meant it and that’s why, they doubt you.
They don’t ever talk about you.
You’re older than you used to be,
The mirror weaves a tapestry
Of lines that dance and shimmer ’round your eyes.
You stare back at a man, forever holding out his hand
As if the answer’s going to fall out of the sky.
The song is a simple guitar ballad, but the magic is inside the melody and the breathtaking lyrics. The power within each Passenger album is how genuinely he attacks each project. His voice walks you through the intent of the song and you can’t help but be affected by his vocals when listening. “The Long Road” in particular is about someone who has lived a long life. It is about the ups and downs, the years that passed, the lessons learned, it’s about it all being okay because time is forever moving and there is nothing you can do about it.
I can’t stop my 27th chapter from starting but I can actively make an effort to have it be better than 26. I can accept the long road behind me and embrace the (hopefully long) road ahead of me. I can take the lessons learned and apply them to the complicated situations I am bound to get myself into.
Every single time I listen to new music from Passenger, it’s like I’m breathing new life into me. A new album from him comes with a new perspective on life. It teaches lessons you didn’t realize you needed to learn and it makes you fall in love with music all over again. If you are searching for a new album to listen to “Young As The Morning Old As The Sea” is the one to choose.
So listen to the album, fall in love with it and come back here and calm my anxiety about my 27th birthday.