Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life — Fly

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 5:10 PM
Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life — Fly by Shelby Kirk

I have never been the type of person to listen to music while doing homework, or to put headphones in while walking to class. Even when I go for long runs, most times I just enjoy the quiet and time to think. 

However, when I had to think about an album that impacted my life, I knew almost immediately what it would be. It isn’t an album that I listen to very often, but there are specific lyrics in it that continuously get stuck in my head in my day-to-day adventures. 

Growing up, my mom listened to the Dixie Chicks around the house pretty much constantly. Every holiday, my dad would gift her their latest album, which would be on repeat for the next couple months. Their album “Fly” has the most memorable songs that I randomly catch myself humming, even 18 years after its release. 

The songs on the album are all, in some way, about freedom, chasing your dreams and all those things that might seem extremely cliché…but the lyrics just feel like home to me. They remind me of the time when I first memorized them as a little girl without fully realizing what any of it meant. 

Any time I’m feeling down or I’m up late at night in need of some inspiration, these are the songs I turn to. Lyrics like, “Wanna walk and not run/I wanna skip and not fall/I wanna look at the horizon and not see a building standing tall/I wanna be the only one for miles and miles” are like little reminders to be brave and bold and fearless. 

As the chapter of my life that includes schooling closes, and I attempt to open one filled with “real world” possibilities, I find myself turning back to this album and reminding myself to be carefree every once in a while, and to trust in myself. 

Like I said, I by no means listen to music every single day, but the fact that these particular songs have stuck with me for nearly 18 years now must mean it’s made a significant impact on my childhood and my life today. I’m sure that throughout the next 18 years, I will continue to be reminded of these bold and powerful lyrics that push me through creative blocks and any other tough times that might come my way. 

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Shelby Kirk can be reached at musics.spectator@gmail.com.

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