Git ‘Er Done!

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A couple weeks ago I regaled you with my unfortunate tale of eviction. To sum up, my landlord called and gave me, my husband, and my 6 month old two months notice to vacate our glorious apartment of 3 years. (He was in transition and needed a place for 5 months.) Rather than drive myself crazy with questions (why couldn’t he sublet a place rather than oust us?) I decided to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I joined real-estate distribution lists, I monitored the Craigslist/StreetEasy/Trulia websites for new postings on the hour, and I called everyone I have ever known that dabbled in real estate. I zeroed in on the location I wanted for my family, I set a price range and I started making appointments. One month later I am proud and happy to report I have signed a lease for a sun drenched apartment in a glorious building in a great new neighborhood. Yahoo! However, before the lease was signed, I definitely had some low points. After looking at one sub-par apartment after another (no closets? no windows?) I thought we were doomed to a year of unhappy living. But rather than dwell in depression, I picked myself right up and played my “Git ‘Er Done” playlist. Do you have one of those? It’s a collection of songs that puts you in a good mood no matter what and inspires you to get up and tackle whatever is before you. Some people might call this a workout playlist. But, since I’m not much of an athlete these days, I turn to my “Git ‘Er Done” playlist when I need a little nudge to get up and go. Here’s my list:

1. “The Last Fight” – Velvet Revolver
Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of just about every Velvet Revolver song. The band is (was) made up of former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum and led by Stone Temple Pilot front man Scott Weiland. I’ve seen them in concert, twice, and they were basically the band my husband and I fell in love with each other listening to. “The Last Fight” is about kicking a drug addiction (not a shocker considering the members listed above), but for me, it became about never settling for anything else than perfect love and how wonderful it is to find it. When I hear it, I just want to shout the lyrics from a roof top. This is my favorite part:
Break the chains of featherweights and giants
With disdain for everlasting liars
They’ll refrain when we spit out the fire
And start living, living, living my friend

2. “These Days” – Bon Jovi
I discovered Bon Jovi a little late, considering it wasn’t the ’80s, but when I did, I fell hard. And it wasn’t Slippery When Wet that initially got me hooked, either. It was These Days, the 1995 album that didn’t really perform so well in the US, but, I didn’t care. I loved it and blasted it all the time, especially the title track. The song is about how hard life can be but no matter what, you can’t give up. There’s a line about a boy who says he would rather die than fade away that gets me every time. Here is the chorus:
These days the stars seem out of reach
But these days there ain’t a ladder on these streets
These days are fast, love don’t last in this graceless age
Even innocence has caught the midnight train
And there ain’t nobody left but us these days

3. “Can’t Stop”- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Many of the RHCP songs are meant to get you up and moving and “Can’t Stop” is definitely no exception. I’ve seen this band in concert 4 or 5 times and I always jump the highest and head-bang the hardest to this song from By The Way. The whole song intimates this feeling that we are all part of a larger plan and connected to each other cosmically. I don’t necessarily believe in that to the extent my friend Anthony Kiedis does but I do believe in some sort of a higher power and that, in time, we might start to get more answers about what it all means. Very deep, I know. Here’s my favorite part:
The world I love
The tears I drop
To be part of
The wave can’t stop
Ever wonder if it’s all for you

As you can see, these choices are very personal and might seem pretty random to ya’ll. But I’m sure you have a list of your own songs that can inspire you to accomplish your goals and put on a smile on your face at the same time. While you think of your own “Git ‘Er Done” playlist, tell us which of these traditionally inspirational songs is your favorite.
“Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
“Hero” – Mariah Carey
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

Poll for Friday:
Steve Buscemi will film a music video for Vampire Weekend at their upcoming NYC concert on April 28 as part of the live streaming music series “American Express Unstaged.” Which of these acts formerly featured in the music series is your favorite?
Jack White
Kenny Chesney

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