I’m going to do the 30-Day Song Challenge, which has recently gone viral. However, me being me, I’m going to expand on the concept to write a few lines about each of the songs I choose and why I chose them, as each of the songs I choose I am – for one reason or another – attached to.
Already got stuck on my fourth entry of this list! It took me a few days to think about this one. That’s because I immediately realised that forgetting someone is a concept I am not totally down with. It’s too drastic.
Also, I really struggled to think about people who truly did me wrong in such a significant way that I would want to erase them from my memory. But I maintain that for better or worse, I would not want to forget anybody from my past. Not even those who have harmed me or whose memory I associate with heartbreak and pain.
Why? Because to me they represent moments that were integral to my evolution as a human being. I’m not saying I am perfect now; I am the least perfect person of all. But when I think about people I’d like to forget, that person is a version of myself from past situations who behaved in ways that make present-day me shudder.
Those versions of myself represent that person I’d rather forget, the person who invades my thoughts in the middle of sleepless nights. But David Bowie’s “Changes” represents my belief in the power and necessity of constant transformation. (This is also part of the reason why I tattooed Bowie’s name on my arm in the font of the Hunky Dory album where it first appeared.)