The Perfect Song - She's So Hard *the Jezabels*

I don't believe this song is too well known. The Jezabels are an Australian band from Sydney, and it's kind of alternative rock/ indie rock. Right up my alley. They only formed in 2007, so haven't been around that long either.

This is the best song after a crappy day. It really is. In my opinion, the most powerful line, "I don't care, when you cry, I think self-pity is a state of mind", makes you realise that there are worse things out there, and you should just get over it. Not everything has to be as bad as we often make it out to be. Sometimes, things are actually okay, yet we go into a state of feeling sorry for ourselves. But then I ask, what good will that do? It's not going to help anyone if you can't be bothered to get over it and deal sensibly with the situation at hand...

I went through a terrible self-pity moment today. I felt like the world had come crashing down on me. Now looking at it, I realise how petty and pathetic it is. During my piano lesson, after stumbling through scales and arpeggios, and stuffing up bits of my pieces, my piano teacher, grudgingly, told me that I played better than last week, though if I wanted to get where I should be, I would need to work extra hard. I then asked roughly what she thought I could get, if I had an okay day etc. She answered somewhere along the lines of, "well with your musical talent, I would expect you to be in the average range, about 60-70%"... which shocked me, as the lowest mark I have ever received in my life was about a 75% ... for chemistry... My music has always been the pride of my life, and I've never gotten below about an 85%, on a bad day... and all of a sudden, in this new place, I am average. I guess it just happens when the realisation hits you... you aren't as great as you think you are, or as other people make you out to be... So there I was, on my walk home, about ready to burst into tears, thinking I would fail my exam, when She's So Hard began playing on my iPod... just what I needed.

I took a step back and looked at my situation. Frankly, it was not the end of the world. I still have at least a month to practise before my exam. I know what I need to work on, and where I need to be by then. I looked at my schedule, and worked out where I could fit bits of extra practise in. Most importantly, I realised that it didn't really matter, because I don't want to be a concert pianist; I want to be a composer, writing music that I enjoy. I want to relay messages to other people, and to express how I feel through music, and words. I don't have to be the best at my very first university exam, which I don't believe counts towards my honours anyway...

People go through life with similar situations, whether or not they relate to music. Maybe their car breaks down, maybe they're told they aren't good enough to be in a school musical, or maybe the person they'd been crushing on for a year announced their engagement...
I'm not saying it doesn't always hurt, but if you take a step back and look at the big picture, you realise that there is much more to life than the one thing you are intently focusing on. You could be lucky to have the good job, or to have the money to afford singing lessons etc. Just because you don't get something the first time, doesn't mean you'll never get it. Maybe you just have to work harder, or wait a little longer. I've learned a very important motto to go with this song... "The people who want something in life, will go out and get it, no excuses. The lazy people will always find a reason for it to be impossible".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC0FJvKZUJA <-- She's So Hard *The Jezabels*
CaitieLynn CaitieLynn
22-25, F
May 10, 2012