The last month or so I’ve been listening to a lot of Yellowcard lately. They’re one of the few bands from my youth where I still get excited over their new releases.
Southern Air is their latest release. It came out in August of 2012, but for some reason only just now is it really “speaking” to me (as lame and cheesy as that is). Their 2011 album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes was, honestly, probably my favourite album by them. But right now I’m wondering if this album is already taking the title of my favourite YC album.
One of the songs from Southern Air that’s been speaking to me a lot is “Rivertown Blues.” Particularly, the following excerpt from the chorus:
Back when we built something new
The world was ours to conquer
And we were not afraid to lose ourselves
Somewhere inside this, you changed
And I could never follow you that way
I don’t know what this song is about, but for me, I just relate it to everyone I know who is throwing away whatever dreams they had in an attempt to get a stable job. Or a house. Or all these things that society says we need in order to be successful. Not happy, but successful. We all had dreams at one point, and at one point we all dreamed thinking we could achieve whatever we wanted. Then something happens and we don’t think that anymore. Instead we throw away those dreams and settle. And I can’t follow that philosophy. At least not when I’m 21.
The music video for “Here I Am Alive” (another song from Southern Air) has a great screenshot:
I think a lot of people don’t understand or acknowledge this. They think dreams are just that: dreams. That they can never become reality, but that’s just not fair to yourself. At my age, at my friends’ age, this is not a time to stop dreaming. We don’t have to yet. I’ve said this in past blogs, but right now is probably the last chance I have of experimenting and having unconditional fun with my life. I don’t have family commitments. I don’t have a mortgage. Now is when I can take my time figuring out who I am, and who I want to be.
In the end, Southern Air is just reinforcing these ideals I have right now. And I think that’s why I’ve remained a Yellowcard fan for the past ten years. As I grow and mature, so does their music. Back when I was 13, that emo-angst of Ocean Avenue was what I wanted. Now, as I’m trying to figure out who I am, Southern Air is what I want. I can’t help but feel grateful that Yellowcard is able to provide me a soundtrack to who I am as I continue to grow.