Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Song: "Vienna" by Billy Joel

Billy Joel has been one of my favorite singers since I was a little girl. Everytime I hear the familiar sound of his voice, it takes me back to my childhood...falling asleep to Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) in the back of my parent's car, laughing at the "cadillac-ac-ac-ac" lyrics in Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) and dancing to Uptown Girl with my dad at countless Daddy-Daughter Dances.

Billy Joel and Elton John were the first musicians I ever saw live. I remember it well. It was '95 and my mom randomly got tickets and when she picked me up from school that day, she surprised me with the news. I was in heaven. We had horrible seats, but that didn't phase me -- I was experiencing two of my heroes. Live. I danced and sang my little heart out to the millions of hits the two uber successful "piano men" have made throughout their careers.

So the other day...

I had a long, tiring day at work and was flustered because I started thinking about the millions of tasks I wanted to accomplish this weekend. I hit shuffle on my iPod and, like fate, I heard this week's "Sunday song" (Vienna) and I really listened to the lyrics for what felt like the first time in my life. I thought, "Dang Billy, are you reading my mind?"

The past two years of my life after college have flown. I haven't had a single moment to rest -- consuming my life with adulthood -- a career, a car payment, a mortgage, multiple bank accounts, a 401k and marriage.

But Billy (or God?) sent me a reminder.

When life gets crazy, we all just need to slow down, stop and smell the roses and remember, our versions of "Vienna" will come when the timing is right.

Slow down you crazy child

Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while

It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two

When will you realize...Vienna waits for you?

1 comment:

Rachel .:. A Step Ahead said...

That's great advice, Lauren. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we have to get done, we don't take time to appreciate how life is in the present.

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