Started my day with a little Godsmack. Rolled over as usual and hit shuffle on the iPod and “Whatever” blasts out. Not what I was certainly expecting at 5:40 in the morning. It took me about 4 seconds of hearing this song before I burst out with a big belly laugh. That right there guaranteed that today would probably be a decent day. Fingers crossed at least. But… back to the song. Godsmack has been around since 1995, producing scores of Number 1 hits. I’m not a dedicated metal head but there are times when that “angry young man” music suits me just fine. This song has two meanings for me, which I’ll explain after the video. Listen to it and then tell me if this doesn’t get your heart pounding! Warning though… this is the explicit version.
“Whatever” was on the album self-titled Godsmack, released in 1998. I’m not sure when I initially hear it but after seeing Sully in an interview on MTV, I started listening to them a lot. Probably because I thought Sully was pretty hot. Anyway, this song appealed to my dark, rebellious side, “I don’t need your sh!t today” and “Better f**king go away”. To me, the best song to say “kiss off” that I think I’ve ever heard. I have this rebellious side to me that I pretty much keep under control and hidden. (I think most people would be shocked to hear the conversations in my head.) But when this side of me wants to raise its voice (as it has been wanting to lately), I sing this to myself and it helps tremendously. Keeps the peace around me and in the end, that’s all that matters. I like to think it’s cheap therapy!
Now for the reason that I laughed this morning when I heard it… the spouse likes New Age, ambient music. Soft and smooth to calm his heart and soul after the chaos of the day. He likes other types as well but this is mostly what he listens to. Me… I’m the opposite in that I like everything except country and I like it loud. I like and need to feel my music as well as hear it.
So I made a playlist for him that’s nothing but his type of music. Lots of New Age instrumentals and George Winston. Except I threw in one song that didn’t meet this criteria. That’s right, you guessed it! Godsmack’s Whatever”. I didn’t do it to be mean because he does like Godsmack, but just to bring a smile to his face. And it did! He had come in for the weekend and when we went to bed, I turned his playlist on. It’s like 14 hours of his music and wouldn’t you know it… right around 6 or 7 in the morning, this song comes roaring out. His words where “Oh. My. Lord.” But he was smiling!!! I didn’t time it that way, it just happened. Soft and soothing music all night and then … BAM…
And I wonder
Day to day
I don’t like you
I don’t need your
in your own way.
I feel for you…
Better f**kin go away
I will behave…
You better f**kin go away!
I’m doing the best I ever did
I’m doing the best that I can
I’m doing the best I ever did…
Maybe you just had to be there to appreciate the moment. For me, it’s one of those times that I look back on and giggle a bit. And that my friends, is a good thing.
So… let me know what’s on your playlist.
Until next time, keep your head bangin’!