There are few moments when I feel like a really cool person. Sometimes I feel cool when I have a giant cup of froyo with a mountain of toppings (Yeah, I'ma eat all of this. Yeah, I'm lactose-intolerant. What?!)
Other times is when I can say that I've seen a certain band in concert - which, also doesn't happen very often.
My freshman year of high school, after my non-stop complaining about moving so far away from my friends (a suburb near Chicago is pretty far away from a suburb near Seattle), my mom decided to let me take a trip back to Seattle to visit, and go to a concert with a friend for her birthday.
It was the first time Coldplay came to Seattle, not long after they released their song "Yellow", and coincided with my friend Amber's birthday. Her mom drove us to The Showbox near Pike Place Market, where we got in early enough to be right next to the stage - and to hear the opening act.
The Australian band Powderfinger opened for Coldplay that night, and "My Happiness" was the 3rd song they played. The other songs they played didn't really have an impact on me, but for some reason, "My Happiness" stuck to me like glue. While the lyrics at the time were of no significance to me (which seems to be the case with a lot of songs I love), the music itself is what really got me.
Fast-foward to a couple years ago, and I finally felt connected to the song as a whole - the lyrics represented a pivotal part of my relationship with Brian, after spending time apart to figure things out.
The rest of their music is kind of so-so for me, and I'm not exactly sure what it is about this particular song of theirs that makes it so great for me. Perhaps I was going through something the first time I heard it live, almost 12 years ago (ouch...), not realizing the song related to the situation.
Whatever it is that keeps me coming back to this song, it definitely is part of my happiness.
Is there a song you loved when you were younger, only to hear it as an now and have it apply so heavily to a current situation?