Welcome to another #SongLyricsSunday here on ai love music! This week’s prompt is about a “hometown or [a] city where you were born or were lived in or someplace that you relate to”. This prompt made me excited for nervous as I never really had a place I really have called home. Why? Read further on to find out!
(This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!)
Moving Around to Different Places
The reason why that this prompt excited yet nervous is that I never had one place to call home. My dad was in the United States Air Force for 20 years, so my family and I moved all over the country during his service. We have been to states like Alaska (which is so beautiful), Nebraska, Maryland, and North Dakota (a beautiful state too). My dad had temporary duty assignments (or TDYs) all around the world by himself as my brother had special needs, thus my mom, my siblings, and I stay in States. Although, the family was supposed to go to Italy (which had no support for my brother) and the Philippines (but the base outside of Manila closed before we moved).
After my dad retired, I still got restless and moved around by myself. I moved to Michigan for college. Then, I also moved overseas to Japan after college. I even moved around Japan to three different prefectures in the 8 years I have lived here.
The Ups and Downs
Moving frequently has its ups and downs. The downs of moving a lot were that you never had roots in the community you briefly stayed in. You knew your neighbors, but only for a while as you had to up and leave within two years. I never really had childhood best friends as I moved around. I remember having my first real best friend in 6th grade, but she had the move the following summer because her dad had orders to go to Ohio. And this was before Facebook and FaceTime as I only gave her my phone number in hopes that she would call me after she settled down in her new place. It was a painful summer emotionally.
But, one of the best things that came from moving a lot was that it made me more independent. I don’t get homesick here in Japan as much as others can be. Yes, I miss my family and the food from the US, but I know I will see them again (and enjoy all the food I want to eat) when I come back to visit.
Also, I feel like I can chat with them any time as we are connected digitally. My family and I can call or see each other at any hour on Facebook Messenger or MagicJack — an app on my phone that gives me a US number and let me call anyone in the US for a yearly fee. Even during this time of crisis, my family and I keep each other up to date with each other via Facebook (which my dad was grateful for after the March 2011 earthquakes when I was studying in Shiga as the phone lines were down).
Songs For These Places
Here are a handful of songs about some places I have lived in. Enjoy! Let me know what is your favorite song in the comments below.
“(Ready or Not) Omaha Nebraska” by Bowling For Soup
I was not technically born in Omaha, but I was born at Offutt Air Force Base which is actually part of Bellevue. But, Bellevue is a suburb of Omaha, which I can say that “I was kind of” born in Omaha, right?
“(Ready or Not) Omaha Nebraska” was written for ESPN’s coverage of the College World Series. This college baseball series is held annually in Omaha. Also, Bowling for Soup was popular when I just entered high school with songs like “1985” and “High School Never Ends”.
“Anchorage” by Michelle Shocked
I lived in Alaska when I was very little. It was a paradise for me as I could stay up and play till midnight during the summers. I also went fishing for fresh salmon with my dad and my Snoopy fishing pole. The only bad experience I had in Alaska was when I got Scarlet Fever and had to be hospitalized a week.
I have never heard of “Anchorage” by Michelle Shocked before this post. It seems like a calming and mid tempo song about the city up north. I feel like this song really envisions Anchorage musically with its slow beats and country-like melodies to represent living in Anchorage.
“Waldorfworldwide” by Good Charlotte
After my dad retired from the Air Force, the family finally settled down in Waldorf, Maryland. Good Charlotte is from Waldorf too, but they were long gone when I moved there as they were already popular. Although they are gone, long-living locals can give you still a tour of the places they frequented: their high school, their church, and the small live house that they often played at.
My friend and I saw them live a long time ago and we decided to scream “We are from Waldorf” in the crowd to get their attention. Sadly, they never heard us. Hahaha.
“Shuto Iten Keikaku” (首都移転計画) by Team Syachihoko
I currently live in Nagoya which I have called home for the past 5 years. It is no Tokyo, but I love it here. It is a city but I live in an area that is very laid back and filled with lots of nature. I also love that everything is easy to get to by train, bus, or by bike. Also, the local food in Nagoya is great: some are misokatsu (fried pork cutlets dipped in miso), tenmusubi (a rice ball with tempura), and hitsumabushi (a rice bowl with boiled eel).
“Shuto Iten Keikaku” Plan for the Relocation of the Capital by Team Syachihoko is a cute, fun song. It is about Team Syachihoko — which is an idol group from Nagoya — and their plan to move the capital of Japan from Tokyo to Nagoya. I really love this song but also Team Syachihoko as their songs are cute, catchy, and some are about Nagoya!
You can check out the English translation of the song on this site.
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