News & Opinion‘Music Makes Me’ – Vol. 13 – Inspire Me

Craig FerryJanuary 1, 2022
Craig Ferry

Happy New Year!  I am excited to welcome in the new year as my 2021 ended on a high note.  I am looking forward to what 2022 has in store for me. My playlist for December was Who’s Kissin’ Santa Now. If you are still listening to Christmas music check it out. But if you are ready to jump headfirst into 2022 hopefully this month’s playlist, “Inspire Me”, will help to get you motivated.

I know that there are some of us that make New Year’s resolutions each year. I used to be in that camp, but way too many times I found that I let them fall by the wayside by February. So several years back, I stopped making them. But whether or not you make resolutions, we all need some inspiration. This month’s playlist is a collection of songs that I find are inspirational for one reason or another.

The very first song I added to the playlist was Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”. For those of you that grew up with the “Rocky” series of movies, how could you not get a little pumped when this song came on the radio? I have memories of how in all the movies Rocky got his butt kicked and then in the second half of the movie songs like “Eye of the Tiger” played while Rocky whipped himself into shape to make a comeback against the person that beat him earlier. Maybe I am just a sucker for comeback kids. That’s probably why I also like the next song I added.

Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” talks about what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That is so true. The people who win at anything in life are not those that never experience failure or never get knocked down. They are the ones that keep getting back up and trying again. Most people who know that life lesson probably learned it the hard way. It sounds like Clarkson has experienced just that. Obviously if you check out Clarkson’s lyrics, they are geared towards what appears to be bouncing back from a failed relationship. That is the premise of a couple of the other songs on my playlist as well.

Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”, Destiny Child’s “Survivor” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” are three more songs on the playlist that talk about coming back after a broken relationship being stronger. Trust me, I know from personal experience it’s not that easy, but if that’s how you are at going into 2022, keep your chin up as I also personally know that things will get better. Maybe you can use this playlist to help on those hard days. Probably my favorite song on this playlist may not be one you would expect.

Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” is a song that I have on a couple of my playlists. I don’t know that it is per se an inspirational song, but the last line in the lyrics sum up what this article and playlist were meant to convey, “You can do anything you set your mind to, man”. Now there is a good chance that the songs I have chosen to share this month for my inspirational playlist are not the ones that you would choose. That is awesome if I made you at least think about the songs you would have chosen. If you are thinking about that I strongly encourage you to make your own playlist that will be your inspiration for 2022.

I hope that you found some inspiration in my “Inspire Me” playlist or it prodded you to make one of your own.  Either way please join me next month when the February’s monthly article “Romeo & Juliet” puts a different spin on the Valentine’s Day music that I featured in February 2021.