Sources: NME | All Things Michael
“If you wanna make the world a better place/Take look at yourself and make a change” – Michael Jackson, ‘Man In The Mirror: Change begins within, as the old saying goes, and didn’t the King of Pop know it, harnessing it into a glimmering 1980s aspirational classic.
“Anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain/Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders” – The Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’: This Paul McCartney pearl of wisdom is an important one: there’s no point carrying burdens and losing yourself in worry, echoing another of the Fab Four’s finest: ‘Let It Be’.
“And so, become yourself, because the past is just a good bye” – CSNY, ‘Teach Your Children’: Don’t cling onto so-called better days, Graham Nash’s ‘Deja Vu’ standout track seemed to suggest in this 1970 release: better to be who you are now, and pass on everything you’ve learned to younger people around you.
“All that money you made will never buy back your soul” – Bob Dylan, ‘Masters of War’: Bob knows where it’s at. A searing suckerpunch to the heart of capitalism, this Zimmerman classic is a reminder that financial greed can wreck you spiritually.
“Work it harder, make it better, do it faster… that that don’t kill me will only make me stronger” – Kanye West, ‘Stronger’: Ain’t that the truth, Kanye. The song’s pulsating electronics, borrowed from Daft Punk, expertly reinforce the song’s sense of empowerment.
“Losing love is like a window in your heart/Everybody sees you’re blown apart/Everybody feels the winds blow” – Paul Simon, ‘Graceland’: Don’t worry about hiding heartbreak, is the lesson to be learned from this warming Paul Simon lyric – it’s a universal part of life. There’s no shame to be felt in a failed romance. Better to have loved and lost, and so on…
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